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Focusing on Poems to Change Your Life

  • Arlington Center 369 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA, 02474 United States (map)

"The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience". John McDargh

Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems.Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Marie Howe. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of Focusing and rich sharing.

Earlier Event: October 20
Writing Stories from Our Lives