July / August 2022
A Celebration, a Much-Appreciated Reunion
Conférence Internationale de Focusing à Vogüé en Ardèche Une célébration, des retrouvailles bien appréciées …
Par Michèle Jodoin, Coordonnatrice en formation (Canada) / By Michèle Jodoin
Le focusing est un trésor, un cadeau reçu il y a 14 ans et que j’ai tout de suite partagé avec Joie. Au mois de juin 2022, j’ai eu le bonheur de participer pour la première fois, à une conférence internationale de Focusing.
Focusing is a treasure – a gift received 14 years ago that I joyfully share with others. In June 2022, I had the pleasure of participating for the first time in an International Focusing Conference.
In the United States, Juneteenth recently became a national holiday. It commemorates the day that enslaved people in Texas learned that they had been declared legally free two years earlier and yet had remained captive. Though this holiday is specifically American, its themes are universal. TIFI Board member, Darryl Commings, reflects on the crossing of the themes of liberation and bondage with the ethos of Focusing.
Susan Lennox is a founding member of the TIFI Membership Committee, where she has been coordinating the Roundtables for many years. In 2022, she relinquished that role to dedicate more time to her psychotherapy and coaching practice, and creative projects. From her home near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, she talked to me about her experience of helping to build a thriving international community for Focusers, and how she integrates Focusing into her work and creative life.
In March, we held our Children & Focusing conference, “It Takes a Village... Creating Connections.” The conference was wonderful and inspiring, with about 150 participants from 30 different countries. Together we met, shared, and deepened our experience around Children and Focusing and as an advisory team, want to take this opportunity to give our reflection on this unique event.
by Richard Dawson
In recent months I have been introduced to the activity of Focusing. This has been a gift for me, for I have been wanting help in relation to coming to terms with the death of my nineteen-year-old daughter Fyfa, on 30 October 2019. She was flattened by a concrete truck while doing what she loved, namely, cycling. This article, giving attention to Focusing, is written primarily for the purpose of processing Fyfa’s death. I hope this processing can be put to good use in, among other places, a restorative justice conference.