We're told that it is better to give than to receive. We may strive to love, but to what extent do we allow ourselves to be loved? People who are narcissistic do not know how to lovingly extend themselves to others. But narcissism can also take the form of being so guarded and self-absorbed that we don't let love in.
Focusing was developed through research into psychotherapy effectiveness. Eugene Gendlin found that those clients who were attending to their bodily felt experience in a caring, gentle way were making the most progress in psychotherapy. This article describes Focusing as a path of befriending our experience just as it is.
An authentic spiritual path allows us to see things more clearly—connecting us more intimately with ourselves, others, and our environment. Perhaps these reflections will help you awaken more fully to the joy and preciousness of being alive—cultivating wisdom, compassion, gratitude, and a more poignant connection with life.