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Having A “Hot Potato” Conversation In A Focusing Way

  • 26 Aug 2021
  • Zoom

Part of the Oceania Focusing Roundtable Series

In this Oceania Roundtable, the question we will explore is "Can Focusing transform how we handle hot potatoes?" We will organize our exploration into two stages, first working in small groups to bring awareness to our own personal patterns of handling hot potatoes and then experimenting by choosing a hot potato to discuss together.

Presented by The International Focusing Institute - Sue Burrell & Jen Dunbabin

August 26, 2021

In a world of growing uncertainty, it is not surprising that our conversations, and our thinking, are becoming increasingly polarized. We find that it is becoming more difficult to hold civil conversations—or conversations at all—around “hot potato” topics.

A hot potato is an issue that most people don’t want to talk about. It often involves unpleasant or dangerous consequences for anyone dealing with it. With hot potatoes, untangling our own complicated connections to the issue is hard enough, let alone listening sincerely to someone with an opposing viewpoint.

In this Roundtable, the question we will explore is "Can Focusing transform how we handle hot potatoes?" We will organize our exploration into two stages.

For the first part of our investigation, we will work in dyads or small groups to bring awareness to our own personal patterns of handling hot potatoes. For example, there may be a tendency to become rigid or over-confident in our opinions, or to withdraw, to refuse to engage, or mute our real opinion to avoid conflict or disapproval.

Understanding the complexity around our own personal connection to hot potatoes is also important – why does this particular hot potato arouse such strong feelings in us? For this, we invite you to come with a hot potato, and also, a lived experience which illustrates how this hot potato has impacted your life.

Is the whole greater than the sum of the parts? – Another way.

For the last stage of our exploration, we will experiment by choosing a hot potato to discuss together. Using our Focusing skills and the self awareness we have gained, we will pay attention to the “more” of the conversation that is emerging around our hot potato, bringing our curiosity to the wisdom and deeper intelligence that may emerge as we listen together.

In the words of Rumi:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I will meet you there.

Bios:

Sue Burrell is a counsellor and Focusing Trainer with a background in education. She has trained in Jungian Archetype and Dream Pattern Analysis with the Assisi Institute (USA). Sue co-hosts the Sydney Changes Group, which meets in person, and via Zoom on alternate months. All welcome. Details can be found on TIFI website at https://focusing.org/events.

Jen Dunbabin lives in Tasmania, Australia where she is part of a team that is lifting adult Tasmanians' literacy and literacy levels and runs professional development for adult literacy practitioners. Focusing has been an integral part of her life for nearly 15 years. Since learning Inner Relationship Focusing, she has been continually adding to her knowledge, particularly Wholebody Focusing. She has been studying A Process Model for 10 years and is a long term student of the Buddha's teachings.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm PST - 6:00 pm PST

Location: Online (Zoom)

Cost: Focusing Roundtables are presented as a free benefit for members of TIFI.

Registration info: Contact The International Focusing Institute with any questions: Phone: (845) 480-5111 Email: elizabeth@focusing.org


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