While teaching at Mayo Medical School in Minnesota, I was introduced to Focusing in 2008 by one of my medical students who had met Lucinda Hayden and learned about Focusing on a retreat. The student was so enriched by the experience that she insisted I learn the process.
I’ve studied and taught Taiji/Qigong for many years as well as practiced different types of meditation and was open to learning something new. Focusing was not only something new and different, it turned out to be life-changing! The student and I both studied Focusing with Lucinda for a number of years. We brought Focusing to Mayo Medical School and assisted Lucinda in teaching a class on Focusing for medical students open to learning deeper intra-personal and inter-personal skills.
Focusing grants you waking access to parts of yourself that drive both emotion and behavior. It shows you how to successfully change your relationship with the past and is one of the best ways I’ve encountered to heal trauma. By changing your relationship with the past and past events, Focusing releases vast amounts of creative energy back into your life that can be used in myriad ways to take you to a new level of existence.
Having Focusing as a tool in my personal life and clinical practice has been profoundly positive. Along with Ann Weiser Cornell, Lucinda has been my main Focusing teacher and I remain both awed by her skill and grateful for the gifts she has brought to my life.