Focusing in Ireland

Sensed Ecology - Recovering the green breath as nature beings
by Marta Fabregat

I was fortunate to give my first presentation on Sensed Ecology at this year’s Felt Sense Conference.

Sensed Ecology is a term that is in emerging evolution and continues to be evolving in its philosophical findings, which I found fun to start sharing something that I am deeply passionate about and that I live and research in my everyday life through Focusing and TAE.

Whether we are aware of it or not, since childhood we have been conditioned to distance ourselves from the most organic reciprocity with the elements of nature and the relationships of support, exchange, and progression that exist in contact with the ecosystem to which we belong. Sensed Ecology is a term that I am using to describe how there is an innate belonging to nature as human beings and how Focusing is guiding our next steps towards recovering the green breath that we truly are. It is remarkable to notice how Focusing and Gene Gendlin’s deep vision was and still is an ongoing initiation into a conscious relationship with self, others, and the environment that will inspire new steps for forward growth.

From Gene Gendlin's work on Five Philosophical Talking Points (Gene Gendlin’s article Five philosophical talking points to communicate with colleagues that do not know yet Focusing) I found that these 5 points were supportive of my theory in Sensed Ecology and how we can recover the ability to function more as part of the green world we are by reconnecting and aligning our sensing capacity to that of nature.

1. Experiential Intricacy
Ecology opens us to perceive the relationship of organisms to one another and their physical surroundings, including us there. How they interact and how they are finding their next step in the relationship. Pausing - slowing down - noticing - feeling the the aliveness of the whole with us there.

2. New linguistic expressions are possible
A Felt sense implies language, not necessarily our known language but one that is still not in words. It might not even mean that it will be in words as we know them.

3. Interaction is first
As we start noticing and sensing from our experience in the present moment, life happens as being part and with the whole, forward steps start coming from an Ordinary Mind and a greater sense of being alive.

4. Experiencing is intrinsically a valuing
As we interact with our environment and life**, we cross.** Focusing invites us to listen with big ears, big eyes, great contact, and with a subtle sensitivity in our sense of smell and taste...maybe more is there that is leaning towards listening and crossing.
This requires radical humility and compassionate belonging as a new language emerges from the crossing point.

5. Thinking can be at the point of emergence of new forms
Sensing our innate ecology, our ordinariness in living moment by moment in contact with the present moment, it offers a greater landscape to carry forward as part of a greater order of things. From what we say, from what we know and have acquired from our learning experiences in our societies, cultures, and all that is from the implicit intricacy of being alive, new emergent communication, and the co-creative process becomes available for the whole. Interbeing. 

This is a call to remember and to become nature, to find out our ceremony, and to legitimate our felt sensing from within our experience. From that place that is guiding us. Reclaiming back our innate relationship with the green world from our bodies in contact with all that is.

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