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The Focusing Institute

The Focusing Institute

Spiralis The Human Body: What It Is and How It Works, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations... by Maria Popova “Two hearts could provide enough energy to drive a truck around the world in two years.” Much of our inquiry into what makes us human focuses on understanding consciousness, yet we spend the whole of our lives in our physical bodies. As a lover of anatomical art and vintage science illustration, I was instantly enamored with The Human Body: What It Is And How It Works — a stunning vintage anatomy book, depicting and explaining in more than 200 vibrant mid-century illustrations the inner workings of the body. Originally published in 1959, this colorful gem was inspired by German artist and researcher Fritz Kahn, who in his 1926 classic Man as Industrial Palace described the human body as “the highest performance machine in the world” and used industrial metaphors to illustrate its remarkable capacities. A gorgeous four-page centerfold illustrates full-body views of the various systems — muscles, blood vessels, nerves, digestive organs, and the gastrointestinal tract.

Être la présence en action The Power of Process: What Young Mozart Teaches Us About the Secret of Cultiv... by Maria Popova On the “powerful blend of instruction, encouragement, and constant practice.” “The trick to creativity … is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time,” observed Denise Shekerjian in reflecting on her insightful interviews with MacArthur “genius” grantees. In The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ (public library), David Shenk presents a rigorously researched blend of historical evidence and scientific data to debunk the myth that genius is a special gift serendipitously bestowed upon the chosen few and shows, instead, that it is the product of consistent, concentrated effort, applied in the direction of one’s natural inclination. Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni; painted in 1763 on commission from Leopold Mozart (public domain) The Mozart family on tour: Leopold, Wolfgang, and Nannerl. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

Les activités de Focusing à Montréal et ailleurs Le Focusing est maintenant connu un peu partout dans le monde. Plusieurs universités enseignent des programmes en psychologie intégrant la pratique du Focusing. Plusieurs centres de formation indépendants offrent des crédits d’éducation continue (UEC) pour leurs programmes de formation à la certification. Le Focusing s’intègre de plus en plus à la pratique de la psychothérapie et à celle des thérapies de pleine conscience ou de travail corporel, à la massothérapie et autres approches de conscience corporelle telle l’approche Alexander, le Feldenkrais, la Méthode de Libération des Cuirasses (MLC) et autres. Il est enseigné au Québec, entre autres, dans les écoles de massothérapie offrant une formation dans les approches psycho corporelles en massage (massage californien, néo reichien, esalen, amma, etc.). Les activités de Focusing accessibles à tous Ateliers sur le Focusing et les rêves Gendlin a proposé une méthode de travail sur les rêves à partir du sens corporel.

5 Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process by Maria Popova From Monet to Tiger Woods, or why creating rituals and breaking routines don’t have to be conflicting notions. “Creativity is like chasing chickens,” Christoph Niemann once said. But sometimes it can feel like being chased by chickens — giant, angry, menacing chickens. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist or maker of anything in any medium, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so paralyzing it makes it hard to actually create. Today, we turn to insights on fear and creativity from five favorite books on the creative process and the artist’s way. Despite our best-argued cases for incremental innovation and creativity via hard work, the myth of the genius and the muse perseveres in how we think about great artists. In the ideal — that is to say, real — artist, fears not only continue to exist, they exist side by side with the desires that complement them, perhaps drive them, certainly feed them. Are you paralyzed with fear? Donating = Loving