The Focusing Way

The Focusing Way

David Battistella takes you on his journey of discovery. Do you want to feel better about your decisions? Make choices based on what is exactly right for you? Feel better about your relationships, work or creative career? Focusing might be the perfect pathway for you!... Show More

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Download to listen later   Ch- ch- ch- ch- Changes. That single word changes, stuttered at us by David Bowie in his hallmark song Changes piped into my ears and hit me, maybe like a lot of other people hit me, me-directly.  I was one of those people, feeling like the world and everything around me was changing and now, someone else was somehow telling it back to me, letting me know that they were feeling it too. Telling everybody w...
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Want to hear more about Focusing? HELLO. and welcome to the Focusing Way, podcast.  I’m your host, David Battistella. So, What is focusing?  Why is it so great? What got me into focusing? How has it helped me?  These are all the types of questions this podcast aims to peer into and not so much answer, but be with and explore. First, a bit about me. I’m a filmmaker who’s been a part of many creative processes in film. I first got ...
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January 4, 2018
When I was in my twenties I had a series of profound dreams.  They were the kind of dreams that left you feeling as though you had travelled through millions of miles of fiber-optic cable engaging with every particle in the universe.  As amazing as I felt when I awoke, there was a problem.  I was never able to remember much about the interactions or spaces in the dreams but I always came away with one feeling or one phrase.  This...
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A bit about Focusing Oriented Conversation Focusing oriented conversation came to be with a focusing partner of mine.  There were times when there was just too much, and many things needed to be verbalized or "talked through" in order to get enough space to go beneath the surface and get to what was happening underneath. This can also be known as story. But how do we honour story and let it have it's place in Focusing?...
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January 4, 2018
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="305"] ME, WE. What a powerful combination.[/caption] Focusing and Boxing? The Focusing Way Podcast - Helping you live in a focusing way. In this episode David brings together what might seems like a strange "combination" by looking at what in the world focusing and boxing might have in common. What does a boxer have to do with focusing?  How can we ...
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  Focusing , the body and Italy In this episode, David explores how living in a focusing way has helped him better understand Italians and helped him navigate life in a new country. Do Italians gravitate naturally toward focusing? I've been living in Italy since the year 2011 and observing Italians in a Focusing way and it has been an interesting experience. We often say in Focusing that slowing down is the fastest way there ...
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Today on The Focusing Way Podcast I speak  with Karen Liebenguth of Green Space Life Coaching. Karen Liebenguth is an experienced life coach, certified Focusing practitioner, an accredited mindfulness teacher and a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator facilitator. She works with private and corporate individuals and groups to foster personal growth and sustainable change. She set up Green Space Coaching in 2008  to offer coaching ...
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Today on The Focusing Way Podcast hear part two of the wonderful interview with Karen Liebenguth of Green Space Life Coaching. Karen Liebenguth is an experienced life coach, certified Focusing practitioner, an accredited mindfulness teacher and a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator facilitator. She works with private and corporate individuals and groups to foster personal growth and sustainable change. She set up Green Space Coac...
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Download to listen later Managing Crisis by Focusing We can all close our eyes and imagine a moment when we have experienced or witnessed a highly stressful or crisis situation.  Maybe someone started screaming, perhaps there was an accident, or a loved one took ill in the middle of a big family event. In our work life, maybe we had a challenging client, maybe we didn’t make our number this month, or our boss is breathing down our ...
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Managing Crisis by Focusing - Part two We can all close our eyes and imagine a moment when we have experienced or witnessed a highly stressful or crisis situation.  Maybe someone started screaming, perhaps there was an accident, or a loved one took ill in the middle of a big family event. In our work life, maybe we had a challenging client, maybe we didn’t make our number this month, or our boss is breathing down our neck.  Maybe a...
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  Highly Sensitive Introvert Emily Agnew in her own words I’m a certified Focusing teacher and guide, writer, and consultant working with highly sensitive introverts (read more about high sensitivity here).  I use Focusing to create the listening space they need to flourish. Why highly sensitive introverts? I happen to be one myself, and I’ve spent thirty years experimenting with ways to overcome the anxiety that often accompanies...
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Part two of our Focusing Oriented Conversation with Emily Agnew Highly Sensitive Introvert Emily Agnew in her own words I’m a certified Focusing teacher and guide, writer, and consultant working with highly sensitive introverts (read more about high sensitivity here).  I use Focusing to create the listening space they need to flourish. Why highly sensitive introverts? I happen to be one myself, and I’ve spent thirty years experime...
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January 4, 2018
Honor the Body In focusing we like to honor the body, or you might hear people talking about honoring the body.  As we become empowered focusers this process becomes easier and easier.  As you deepen your focusing process, It's easy to end a focusing session with gratitude, to be grateful to thank the body because we are constantly discovering with focusing that our sense of rightness lies directly within us. By entering into a...
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Download to listen later Wholebody Focusing founder Kevin McEvenue This episode takes us into the world of wholebody focusing with founder Kevin McEvenue.  Kevin lives and works in Toronto's Cabbagetown district in the city's east end.  Kevin's personal story of using focusing as a way to overcome physical challenges are a testament to how powerful a process focusing is. Kevin is a wholebody Focusing teacher What is mos...
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Cultivating the Inner Relationship Today on The Focusing Way Podcast our guest is Barbara McGavin co creator of a style of focusing that has come to be known as Inner Relationship Focusing. Our conversation focuses on the inner relationship, focusing partnership and the origins of inner relationship focusing. Barbara brings a warm style and deep understanding to this thoughtful interview. Barbara specializes in using Inner Relation...
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Wholebody Focusing founder Kevin McEvenue This episode takes us into the world of wholebody focusing with founder Kevin McEvenue.  Kevin lives and works in Toronto's Cabbagetown district in the city's east end.  Kevin's personal story of using focusing as a way to overcome physical challenges are a testament to how powerful a process focusing is. Kevin is a wholebody Focusing teacher What is most striking about Kevin Mc...
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Cultivating the Inner Relationship- PART II Today on The Focusing Way Podcast our guest is Barbara McGavin co creator of a style of focusing that has come to be known as Inner Relationship Focusing. Our conversation focuses on the inner relationship, focusing partnership and the origins of inner relationship focusing. Barbara brings a warm style and deep understanding to this thoughtful interview. Barbara specializes in using Inner...
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Do not Quit just yet. Open!

Have you ever been there?  You know.  That place where you just want to quit.  Maybe it's your job?  Maybe it's the relationship you are in? Maybe it's school, the book club, whatever.  We have all probably hit that point where the pressure of a situation becomes unbearable, when it seems there are few solutions  or when it seems the only solution is to quit. What has focusing taught me abou...

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Download to listen later   THE POWER OF ACTIVE LISTENING IN THE FOCUSING PARTNERSHIP David Battistella The importance of focusing partnership reads like a list of cliches but they are all absolutely essential and valid. The partnership is based on trust, understanding, knowledge, respect and commitment. These are the same foundations the guide and client relationship are based on. One could easily include these things inside the ...
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Early days of Focusing with Ann Weiser Cornell

In the early days of Focusing, Ann Weiser Cornell was getting her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago when she met and studied with Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing, starting in 1972. Learning Focusing with him has led to a lifelong process of discovery and personal development. In 1980, Eugene Gendlin invited Ann to assist with his Focusing workshops. This starte...

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