Focusing Tips by Fiona Parr

I'm often asked questions which I feel are relevant to many people. So I share my responses here which I hope will provide a helpful insight for everyone involved in Focusing and an overview if you are new to Focusing.
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I have just come back from the first BFA Focusing community camp and I am totally inspired…

There were lots of goodies on offer: early morning movement practices; a huge variety of taster workshops; delicious food prepared for us; delightful evening activities including camp fire, singing and dancing; and of course, lots of Focusing time. Twice a day,  for 3 and a half days.

I thought, surely I would be ‘Focused out’ after a couple of sessions, but not a bit of it. I was hungry for more. I am grateful to the organisers for making sure that we had the opportunity for 20 to 30-minute sessions each way. Enough time to sense what was really there. In any camp, summer school, conference or other meeting activity, there is always so much going on; so much new stimulation and things to learn and explore, as well as new people to meet and connect with; and catching up with old friends.

Focusing helped me to integrate and learn from these new experiences. Each workshop brought fresh new understanding and discoveries. I left the workshop wanting to explore what it means to me, and how I may take my new learnings forward. Focusing with someone from the workshop provided me with the perfect opportunity, while it was still fresh.

And that brings me to the second thing I want to say. You can never have too many Focusing partners! I Focused with a different partner each time. Some of the people I knew, and some I did not know. Every session was rich, and helped me to connect in a deep and fulfilling way. I am grateful to each person. You can imagine how my experience, multiplied by at least 30 people at the camp, created a lovely community atmosphere together.

One of the participants, Jane Lavender, has made this two-minute clip of the camp, which gives a flavour of the camp. Jane has made an excellent video of the camp and this can be viewed or downloaded from Dropbox.