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Focusing is a force for peace because it frees people from being manipulated by external authority, cultural (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1smamml
6:56 PM May 21 2015

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Eugene Gendlin, a collaborator with the father of Humanistic Psychotherapy, Carl Rogers, developed FOCUSING, a powerful and proven method of mindful introspection.'Focusing is a force for peace because it frees people from being manipulated by external authority, cultural roles, ideologies and the internal oppression of self attacking and shame. This freeing has to do with an ability to pause the on-going situation and create a space in which a felt sense can form.When we know how to focus we refuse to take ourselves or any other person as merely an instance of a culturally defined category or group. We don't say, "I am good, you are bad." Or, "I am a wife and mother" as though this defined the total of who I am. Or "You are the doctor, I am the patient" as though our interaction would then be governed only by the meanings of those roles. Or "I am a Christian or a Moslem" as though the ritual forms would then exhaustively define my spiritual life. We know there is always a rich detailed intricacy, a "more" in each person's experience." '

Mindful introspection is key. 

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