Focusing in Nature

Although Focusing isn't meditation in the usual sense, many feel that it is a form of mindfulness practice. Focusing is about sensing into your body and opening your awareness to what you find there. Rather than simply becoming aware of bodily sensations as we would with meditation, Focusing enables an inner relationship with a parts of the embodied self that are usually ignored.

There are very different ways to know something: I know in a conscious way that Paris is the capital of France. But I also have another, deeper emotional sensual knowing of Paris – the smells of Paris, the taste of Paris, that odd little back street that I couldn't tell you how to find but that I could walk to with ease. One kind of knowing – the conscious sort – is right here in my head. The other – that fuzzy, wordless, poetic knowing – is what my body knows, and Focusing is a simple but powerful way to learn to listen to the deep wisdom of your body.

Focusing is usually done indoors, but it can be practiced outdoors with powerful results. Focusing in nature quickly softens the perceived barrier between what we think of as 'self' and 'the natural world', enabling a much more intimate relationship to place. In minutes you can get the kind deep sense of connection to nature that might otherwise take hours.

I wrote a blog post about focusing in nature and my article on the subject has been published in the journal of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.