! Waiting attentively, something forms inside you that is vague, indefinite, difficult
to put into words. You try to describe this sensation and maybe a sentence
comes, or an image, maybe a word or two which describes this sensation, and
lets you know that it has something to do with a certain situation or experience in
your life. For instance, a depressing problem might cause you to say “I feel
heavy,” or “It’s like an empty cave inside,” or “there’s a huge ball there, dark,
fiery, no, it’s more like--” etc.
! This sensation in your body is called a “felt sense.” It lies behind your thoughts and
feelings and is significant and full of meaning. It is a message from your body to
you, and will speak to you when you listen. Contacting the felt sense is the
important first step of Focusing.
! Focusing is the ability to stay with the felt sense as it develops, to look at it with
curiosity, without judging. Focusing is the ability to welcome what comes, to
maintain a friendly attitude to whatever is inside you. Focusing is the ability to
listen to that place that is trying to tell you something and to be ready to be