Focusing

Like mindfulness, focusing is an inherent human talent that can be cultivated. Focusing begins from the premise that the body contains an ‘inner knowing,’ one that can give us more information about an issue than we are normally aware of.

It goes a step farther than feelings, and asks the question: “What is my inner bodily experience of what’s happening right now?” By pausing, sensing, and questioning, fresh insights can arise. With practice, we can learn to feel more of what is occurring in any given situation. Focusing can help us find the step we need to take next.

For many people with ADHD traits, staying calm and comfortable in your own body can often be a challenge. This can interfere with your ability to see the whole picture and make decisions.

In focusing you check inside of yourself to get in touch with the bigger picture of your own life situation. Focusing can help you to:

  • Awaken your intuition.
  • Make decisions.
  • Solve problems.
  • Overcome procrastination.
  • Trust your own source of wisdom.

Focusing is about staying with whatever feelings come up for us, even uncomfortable ones, and asking what those feelings have to teach us, instead of trying to make them go away. It is about being with ourselves in a curious and compassionate way. If we do this, we can often get more information than by using our intellect alone. We also experience a sense of relaxation and letting go.

Focusing can make a big difference in our ability to focus on whatever we need to attend to, and can play a valuable part in ADHD treatment.

Focusing was developed by Gene Gendlin, a major American philosopher and psychologist. It has been the subject of many studies at the University of Chicago and internationally.

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