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Focusing with Rob Parker @ 6:30pm (before Zen)
Rob Parker is a psychologist who has been studying and practicing Focusing for 15 years, most of that time as a student and friend of Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing.
Rob has published several articles on Gendlin's Philosophy of the Implicit, and on how Focusing is used in psychotherapy, particularly with psychological trauma.
ZEN and Focusing both teach a way of being, the Practice of Presence to what is.
Enlightenment is not something we attain, but something we do that brings us into intimate connection with life itself.
Focusing brings to Zen a meditative way of finding, being with, reintegrating and healing wounded and split-off parts of ourselves that most spiritual practices do not address, but bypass!
We are all stuck in certain views, patterns and vulnerabilities that cause us and those around us suffering.
The practice of Focusing allows us to be aware of and listen to the deepest personal aspects of ourselves where the threads of emotion, memory, thought and behavior intertwine.
Focusing brings gentle, compassionate, special attention to these tangles and allows for new ways of being to emerge.You may be interested in Focusing for your own personal exploration and development.
You may be interested in Focusing to improve your relationship to yourself and your partner.
You may be interested in its synergy with Zen or other spiritual practice.
Or you may just be curious.
Whatever your reason, you're welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM at the church.
Please Join Us!
Questions or comments? Contact us at:
St. Bartholmew's Church
82 Prospect St.
White Plains, NY 10606
Because of the coronavirus, we will sit together using a virtual meeting service called Zoom.
Use your web browser to go to this address:
If you already have Zoom installed on your computer,
you can go to this Meeting ID:[masked]
Some hints on sitting via ZOOM.
To attend this virtual meeting, you need to:
Create a meditation space where you can sit quietly during the ceremony.
Set up a laptop computer or smartphone, with a camera, facing you as you sit.
If you can, put the computer or smart phone on a chair or stool so the camera is at eye level. That way, you will be looking directly at everyone, instead of towering over them.
That's all there is to it!
We will start at 7:15 PM tonight, to give us time to work out kinks before the official ceremony begins at 7:30 PM.
I will be available starting at 7:00 pm tonight, for anyone who wants to try this out before the ceremony begins at 7:30 PM.
Some additional notes (only if you're interested):
There will be a separate "meeting room" for Daisan (a brief meeting with the teacher). If you want to attend Daisan, click the Raise Hand icon on the bottom left of your Zoom window. When the teacher is available, you will be transferred automatically to the Daisan room. When you are finished meeting with the teacher, lower your hand by clicking the Raise Hand icon again, and you will be transferred back to the main room.
You can contact me to ask a question, by clicking the Chat Icon at the bottom of your screen
If your microphone or speaker aren't working properly, try clicking on the up-arrow ^ next to the microphone icon in the lower left corner of your screen. This will show you which speakers/microphones are available on your system, and which ones you are using. Problems can often be solved by changing the microphone hand/or speaker.
If you have audio problems that affect the rest of the group (for example, there is loud background noise where you are sitting), we will turn off your audio. If this happens, you will see a red line through the microphone icon in the lower left corner of your screen. You can unmute yourself by clicking on the microphone icon.
There will be no focusing tonight, as we learn how to use this new system.
Our Practice is Zazen: seated meditation involves working with the body, breath, and mind: entering into deep silence and stillness, opening to a fresh awareness. It opens the eye to wisdom and the heart to compassion. Our practice emphasizes the practice of zazen, recognizing it as a way for people to deepen their insight of their true self... To Awaken!
• What we'll do
2 periods of Zazen separated by Kinhin
• What to bring
• Important to know