Sumitra Judith Burton
Hello. Most people call me Sumitra (my Sanskrit name, which means “good friend” and is pronounced Su-mee’-tra) and some call me by my given name, Judith. I am happy to respond to either. I live in Eugene, Oregon, USA, and have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren spread around the world.
As a child I learned from fairy tales that there was a possibility (or promise?) of living “happily ever after.” I didn’t realize how deeply this dream was embedded in my psyche and how it affected my expectations of life. To me this meant having everything I really wanted: an ideal marriage, harmonious family, meaningful work – a happy and fulfilled life. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found myself at age 29 divorced, and a single mom with 4 children! My life was in ruins, according to my dream – and I believed something was really wrong with me, to have ended up in such a predicament.
At that age I was just learning to meditate, and as my internal life began to open, my external life seemed to fall apart. Meditation allowed me to experience a relative sense of peace within –a magnificent gift. But when I would finish meditating, there was still so much confusion about how to relate with others and be happy.
The external confusion greatly affected my ability to maintain that sense of inner serenity. I studied and practiced communication skills with a master teacher over a long period, which helped immensely in relating with others. But still I would be triggered at times beyond what these skills could manage.
In 2012 I was trained as a facilitator of the Living Inquiries, a process that had already begun to transform my life. The combination of increased awareness of the thoughts and sensations that make up my experience, and the exploration of them with curiosity and compassion, has tended to bring clarity and an inner sense of connection.
Along the way I’ve been learning to welcome and accept life’s experiences as they come, without fighting to change them. With this kind of acceptance, life becomes truly enjoyable. The greatest benefit I’ve experienced with the Living Inquiries has been a growing acceptance of myself, as the judging mind gradually transforms to kind and supportive thoughts.
I absolutely love this work, helping others to find peace in this way. My job is basically to hold the space in a skilled way for life’s experiences to be truly met, and often resolved into peaceful understanding. I invite you to join me in this amazing experience!
As well as Living Inquiries sessions, I offer facilitation of a deep listening process for couples or other relationships where communication can be challenging.
You are welcome to visit my website: www.awakeningfreedom.org, and to accept my invitation for a free personal chat online, to see if we’re a good fit for working together.