“. . . In the primordial forests of the first living creatures there was no speech, no spoken symbols systematically arranged into significant expression. But there was communication. Before linguistics, before the literal link of language, there was listening . . . Listening . . . perhaps . . . is just a mind aware. . .“ (Hannah Merker)
The process of Focusing offers a way of compassionately listening to our lived experience. Through the timeless, sacred act of listening, we give space for the body’s wisdom and creative new life to unfold. Focusing nourishes qualities of empathy, acceptance, clarity and embodied awareness.
Focusing can be done alone or with another person keeping us company. Guidance in both Focusing and companioning skills will be offered. Exploring how Focusing can enrich our meditation practice and our lived Dharma will also be a key element of the week.
There will be periods of silence, slowly building up to three full days, to support our retreat journey; and each evening there will be the opportunity to engage in ritual emerging from our collective practice.
I was first introduced to the rudiments of Focusing not long after I had learnt to meditate. Consequently, my love and understanding of both these practices have grown hand in hand. Over the years, Focusing has become an integral support in navigating the unchartered and turbulent waters of my psyche; and in untangling many tight knots of suffering. I experience something profoundly beautiful about the particular space that can open out when two people Focus together; supporting each other to hold presence, with what wants to be known, for the benefit of all.