A gentle sense of resilience: Caterina Carta reflects on the flow of life

In this video, we spend a mindful moment with Caterina Carta as she reflects on flowing with life and dealing with life’s challenges, her illness and chemo, what we mean by meaning, and what it’s like to feel a sense of connection to something larger.

Carta-CaterinaCaterina Carta works as High School teacher and Focusing-oriented counselor and trainer in Sardinia, Italy. After different occupations in sustainable tourism as trainer and consultant, she decided to come back to her first job as school teacher. She builds relationships with her students in a deep and authentic way supporting them to discover and follow their own dreams. “Teaching in a playful way” is her motto. Since 1996, she has been committed to personal growth, conflict resolution and meditation. As she met Focusing, she recognized something precious which changed her relationship with herself. She especially appreciated it during some challenges in her life where Focusing accompanied her in a gentle way, helping her to see new perspectives. She is grateful to Eugene Gendlin and to those who are spreading Focusing to the world. She likes travelling, hiking, practicing Tai Chi and being in nature.

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Al Pesso’s chapter for What Sustains Me

Moving Into Meaning, by Al Pesso, is now available as a formatted PDF.This chapter is part of the What Sustains Me project. Free download. Note: The PDF takes a moment to come up. This formatted PDF is at its most beautiful on a tablet such as an iPad. Here’s how to read it on your…

Conversation with John Christopher about well-being

In this conversation, we explore the notion of well-being and explore dimensions of well-being that have been neglected by mainstream psychology. In particular we consider the role of embodiment and spiritual surrender in well-being and try to link this to mindfulness, stress physiology, social inequalities in health. Dr. John Christopher is a psychotherapist, consultant, coach,…

What makes your heart sing?

What makes your heart sing?

The photo on this page shows an installation by two artists, Sophie Glikson Cahen and Marina Strauss. Made up of CDs assembled into a heart shape, this installation invites viewers to write on a CD “what makes their heart sing”. You can listen to an interview of the artists as part of the Focusing Conversations series.…

How to get more in touch with your feelings (and why)

The title of this article has two questions – a ‘how’ and a ‘why’. We’re going to start with the ‘why’. In her research on emotions, Lisa Feldman Barrett has found that people who have “finely tuned feelings” have “more precise tools for handling the myriad challenges that life throws at you”. Not just that.…

Stress will kill you if you don’t kill it

From today’s ‘Lug Nuts’ comic strip by J.C. Duffy, a striking image about stress.   You notice how the initial “S” of “stress” skewers the human character like a dagger. It’s not just that stress is harmful to your health. The impact of the image is in showing the character as utterly powerless. Here’s why it’s…

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