Focusing On The Body

These words of wisdom are for focusing on the body. They were taught by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, a philosopher and psychotherapist who was very influential in my life. He was a protege of Carl Rogers.

He is known for his development of a phenomenological approach to therapy which he called focusing. “Focusing shows how to pause the on-going situation and create a space for new possibilities for carrying forward. This practice, developed from the Philosophy of the Implicit, shows how to apply open attention to something which is directly experienced but is not in words.” [Read More…]

Tricycle Daily Dharma September 14, 2013

On the Body

The body that we have is a living body. Mostly we were taught that the body is what we leave here when we die. I think that is a terrible mistake. The body that we have is not a dead body. We don’t know exactly how dead bodies come to be, but it is absolutely clear that this body is the living body. So we need to draw the basic concepts about “the body” from the living process.

– Eugene T. Gendlin, “Focusing

Eugene Gendlin

When I was studying advanced physics at the University of Chicago, Dr. Gendlin was also teaching there. We had conversations about the relationship between quantum physics and psychology as well as other philosophical issues. I remember spending time at his house and presenting to him and his graduate students, The Strange Reality of the Quanta. This was a paper I wrote specifically for that purpose.

In writing that paper, it dawned on my that altered states of consciousness may be similar to a laser and may involve a huge quantity of neurons firing coherently. I think that this causes a strong feeling of happiness, bliss, joy, rapture, and euphoria.

Who knows? I could be right! What do you think?

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