This initiative is in its infancy. Focusing can serve to “level the playing field” for people with physical disabilities; once someone has learned the basic Focusing steps, they can do it on their own without assistance from a friend or personal care assistant. All that is needed is their attention and their body.
Furthermore, Focusing can have a particularly significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities, helping them deal with chronic pain, manage difficult relationships, gain self-assurance in managing their personal care needs, and generally enrich their interior lives.
On the other hand, the process of learning Focusing can present particular challenges for people with disabilities who have often been taught to ignore physical discomfort and to separate their consciousness from their bodies. Accessibility and a process that “works” are critical.
To address this, we are exploring ways to customize Focusing lessons, such as providing flexible time schedules for online trainings, and looking for opportunities to teach Focusing in familiar and comfortable settings (perhaps assisted living centers, VA hospitals, or rehabilitation facilities). To further help, multimedia options such as developing YouTube or Podcast presentations, can be combined with periodic live, online follow-up events where people can ask questions and share their experiences using Focusing.
Our ideas are continually developing and changing as we encounter new situations. We invite those of you with experience or interest in this area to join us and bring fresh ideas for ways to move forward with this initiative.