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Mindfulness and acceptance in PCE psychotherapy

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Abstract: Mindfulness and acceptance are key terms within person-centred experiential psychotherapy and focusing. Here, this subject is looked at from three different angles: How does the therapist in person-centred experiential psychotherapy succeed in being mindful and accepting (the aspect of therapist variables)? How can the therapist facilitate the client to be more mindful and accepting towards him- or herself (the aspect of the client variable)? How can the client learn to develop a mindful and accepting attitude towards him- or herself (the aspect of self-help through focusing)? The therapist core variables (unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence) are presented, with an emphasis on unconditional positive regard. Presence, a variable which has been discussed since the eighties, is understood and described as a basis variable. Eugene Gendlin generated a re-orientation within person-centred psychotherapy. The attention of the therapist does not focus so much on the person expressing feelings and opinions. Instead, what is sensed on a bodily level, even if it is still vague, is put in the centre of attention and is considered as the origin of change processes. This makes it possible for the therapist to intervene in a more accurate way by referring to the felt sense. Such a reference to the bodily sensed inner experiencing in the present moment, even if not very clear yet, leads to a decisive change in the concept of personcentred psychotherapy: the “dys-identification” or the development of a constructive inner relationship. In focusing, which enables clients to apply the core variables of PEPT towards themselves and to initiate a constructive inner process of experiencing and changing by themselves, these changes are summarised in a condensed form. With regard to the issue of “mindfulness and acceptance within the person-centred concept”, the author refers to statements by Rogers himself, but also by Gendlin and more recent authors like Greenberg, Hendrix, Iberg and Moore. A comparison between PEPT and Buddhism is made according to the example of the Japanese person-centred psychotherapist Kuno. In this discussion, differences and commonalities of the two concepts are compared. The author goes deeper into the theory of Thich Nhat Hanh and Kabat-Zinn, and compares these with statements made by Rogers and Gendlin.

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What are Felt Senses?

Some felt senses are strong enough that they force themselves into our awareness, like the feeling of butterflies in your stomach before going on stage. But, most of the time, felt senses lie below our ordinary level of consciousness.
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David Rome on Mindful Focusing - Proactive Change

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Podcast: Download (6.5MB) David I. Rome is a teacher, writer and editor focusing on applications of contemplative methods in personal … →
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Your Body Knows the Answer: Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity: David I. Rome

Combines mindfulness with the Focusing technique made popular by Eugene Gendlin to tap into your body's subtle wisdom for dealing with all life's challenges.      Your body has an answer to just about any question or challenge that arises. It's simply a matter of learning to recognize and listen to the subtle physical signal that comes from someplace inside you other than your mind. This felt sense was first made widely known by the psychologist Eugene Gendlin

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Your Body Knows the Answer: Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity- A Manual for Mindful Focusing: David I. Rome

Your Body Knows the Answer: Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity- A Manual for Mindful Focusing [David I. Rome] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Combines mindfulness with the Focusing technique made popular by Eugene Gendlin to tap into your body's subtle wisdom for dealing with all life's challenges.      Your body has an answer to just about any question or challenge that arises. It's simply a matter of learning to recognize and listen to the subtle physical signal that comes from someplace inside you other than your mind. This felt sense was first made widely known by the psychologist Eugene Gendlin
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Focusing for Meditators: Accessing the Wisdom of the Felt Sense | Tricycle

Focusing for Meditators: Accessing the Wisdom of the Felt Sense | Tricycle | focusing_gr | Scoop.it

This retreat is intended for people looking to make a stronger connection between meditation and daily life. As meditators we invest a lot of time and effort in cultivating the mental skills of mindfulness and awareness. The practice of Focusing builds directly on these skills to develop action-oriented intuitive insights into the challenges we encounter "off the cushion." Using contemplative methods from Western psychology and philosophy, Focusing puts us in touch with the subtle level of experience known as the felt sense, where the non-conceptual wisdom of the body can be unfolded. Focusing is a powerful means for working with problems in personal relationships and work settings, helping us gain fresh understanding and energy with which to overcome blocks, make wiser decisions, and feel more fully alive and authentic

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„It is what it is, says love ...“ Mindfulness and acceptance in person-centred and experiential psychotherapy, Karin Bundschuh-Müller

„It is what it is, says love ...“   Mindfulness and acceptance in person-centred and experiential psychotherapy, Karin Bundschuh-Müller | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
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Abstract: Mindfulness and acceptance are key terms within person-centred experiential
psychotherapy and focusing. Here, this subject is looked at from three different angles: How does
the therapist in person-centred experiential psychotherapy succeed in being mindful and accepting
(the aspect of therapist variables)? How can the therapist facilitate the client to be more mindful
and accepting towards him- or herself (the aspect of the client variable)? How can the client learn to
develop a mindful and accepting attitude towards him- or herself (the aspect of self-help through
focusing)? The therapist core variables (unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence)
are presented, with an emphasis on unconditional positive regard. Presence, a variable which has
been discussed since the eighties, is understood and described as a basis variable. Eugene Gendlin
generated a re-orientation within person-centred psychotherapy. The attention of the therapist does
not focus so much on the person expressing feelings and opinions. Instead, what is sensed on a
bodily level, even if it is still vague, is put in the centre of attention and is considered as the origin
of change processes. This makes it possible for the therapist to intervene in a more accurate way by
referring to the felt sense. Such a reference to the bodily sensed inner experiencing in the present
moment, even if not very clear yet, leads to a decisive change in the concept of person-centred
psychotherapy: the “dys-identification” or the development of a constructive inner relationship. In
focusing, which enables clients to apply the core variables of PEPT towards themselves and to
initiate a constructive inner process of experiencing and changing by themselves, these changes are
summarised in a condensed form. With regard to the issue of “mindfulness and acceptance within
the person-centred concept”, the author refers to statements by Rogers himself, but also by Gendlin
and more recent authors like Greenberg, Hendrix, Iberg and Moore. A comparison between PEPT
and Buddhism is made according to the example of the Japanese person-centred psychotherapist
Kuno. In this discussion, differences and commonalities of the two concepts are compared. The
author goes deeper into the theory of Thich Nhat Hanh and Kabat-Zinn, and compares these with
statements made by Rogers and Gendlin.
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"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films) - YouTube

The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotio...
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David Rome teaches the art of Focusing.

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Waylon meets with mentor David Rome, a leading Buddhist teacher and close student of Chogyam Trungpa, to learn about the art and practice of Focusing and how it
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The Valuable Data in Your Gut

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The best business decisions take into account all the numbers and facts on the table, and then something from beyond the table: the brain’s total understanding of a deal.This requires that we tune
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Mindfulness in psychotherapy sessions: Active Pause on video - Introduction

Mindfulness in psychotherapy sessions: Active Pause on video - Introduction | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
This video develops the concepts that are summarized in the Therapy page. For ease of use, the Video is divided into several short clips.
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Mindfulness in psychotherapy sessions: Active Pause on video

This video develops the concepts that are summarized in the "Therapy" page. For ease of use, the Video is divided into several short clips. A list of all the clips, with links, is below the video screen.

The following video clip is the first one of the "Introduction & general comments" section of the video ("Introduction").

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Mindful Focusing Introduction

David I. Rome is a certified Focusing Trainer who has brought Focusing together with Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices in workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

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