Jo Kennedy is a Focusing practitioner and trainer. After a
25 year meditation practice she was deeply moved when she discovered
Focusing. She writes, "What I had been yearning for had been there all
along; what the meditation teachers had been talking about was suddenly
accessible. I was offered the missing link. Focusing is a profound
form of deep listening, it has enriched my life, shown me how to build
strength in my cancer recovery and given me access to an ongoing source of
creativity and healing.
Learning to listen into this deep, more bodily knowing has given me the
gift of myself."
In this hour, Jo demonstrates the Focusing process
with me. I was the "focuser" and followed my felt sense and Jo was
the "listener". Just coming out of a conflict with my girl
friend, I was
feeling quite stressed and full of anxiety. Jo guided me thought the
process and after about 45 minutes, I felt quite relaxed and spacious.
As I described my felt sense and what was arising in me in real-time, Jo
would use empathic listening to reflect what she was hearing. Once the
session was done, we
then talked about the process and the nature of empathy and Focusing.