Focusing New England

Promoting focusing, listening, and personal growth in the New England area

Sat. Mar. 18, 2017: Focusing on Poems to Change Your Life

The act of reading poetry tunes the ears of the heart to the real way in which human beings most honestly and most deeply talk about their lives when they are speaking from the core of their experience. John McDargh

Together, we will tune our ears of the heart with accessible and engaging poems.Through our spending time with a poem, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share poems aloud with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. Poems chosen for clarity of expression and enhancement of meaning include the work of Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Marie Howe, William Stafford, Derek Walcott, and Rumi. No prior reading of poetry is necessary – the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of focusing and rich sharing.


Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. Se has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness.

Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost is $25.  You may pre-register at or pay at the door by cash or check.

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