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April Embodied Gathering:

Writing Ourselves Awake

With Lisa Meuser

April 5th and 19th

 

It is crucial that as we heal with our wounds, we find safe spaces and safe people who listen to and believe in our stories – to our sacred, lived experiences. This produces a beautiful fertile ground “for the Light to come in.” Your stories are the hallowed ground of your being, and will be fully honored in our sacred and carefully created container.


Belonging, community, connection and a healthy nervous system are crucial for our well-being, and a safe community is the perfect place to discover our forever created relationship with life.  We gather to become more intimate with, and more available for, our life.  For those who would like support in their journey, this is an affordable, safe option.

A safe container for us evolve together

Every day I witness immense freedom when people feel safe enough to honestly connect to their actual lived experiences. There is often immense freedom that comes when sorrows and celebrations- our stories- are allowed, named, spoken, expressed, and felt.
Being heard in a supportive environment conveys and births a sense of embodied empowerment that is known from deep within the being. Neuropathways shift, one’s sense of safety in the world changes, and relationships with life are transformed. Possibilities we couldn’t even imagine reveal themselves.

Join me in this as we gather and explore together. Using tools and practices I have developed and learned through my trainings in holding sacred circles, I will compassionately and gently hold space as we gather together. We will use simple yet profound experiential practices to slowly and gently explore our unique lives. We will spend some time in spontaneous writing, as writing can be a profound and mysterious way to awaken into our Being, and yet no previous writing experience is needed. Sharing and participation will always be optional.

These gatherings are sacred spaces where everyone is welcome. People going through their Dark Night of the Soul experiences, survivors of abuse, people who have had awakenings and want community, people struggling in their life in various ways, and/or people simply wanting connection along their journey are likely to find home in these gatherings.

Gatherings focus on practical and experiential exercises specifically designed for the development of self-awareness, self-love, safety and a healthy nervous system. Each gathering is organically shaped around attendees’ needs and wants. Each gathering includes a guided rest, time for questions and sharing, ways to heal the nervous system, and ways to engage in self-inquiry. Participation is always optional.

In this group we honor our experiences and we learn that we don’t have to pretend, or hide, or run. We gather together in a welcoming space where we are allowed to be exactly who we are, exactly as we are, and through slow, simple experiential practices we realize that profound safety can be found right here and now.

Safety is important. Our bodies, our spirits, and our psyches function with more well-being when safety is known from within.

We live in a culture that often disempowers and creates stress, a culture that conditions us to find our well-being in people, places, and superficial activities and things – without teaching us sustainable, empowering safety from the inside out. As such, we often don’t know how to cope with existing in an overwhelming world, or how to recover from traumatic experiences. Many of us have developed post-traumatic stress as a result, and have forgotten that safety is possible.

We can learn. By providing a safe environment for this deliberate purpose, we can slowly and gently learn what it’s like to feel safe.

We come together to find safety in our experiences and discover that we are safe – even when we have fear, trauma or loud core stories and emotions.

All are welcome here regardless of political affiliation, sexual orientation, race, gender or background. You are important, and appreciated, whoever you are.

For full details see Sunday April 5th on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday april 19th on the Event Calendar


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Loving Our Bodies – Loving Ourselves ..(and btw Who Are We?)

A Support Group for Women Using Self-Inquiry

With Sumitra Judith Burton

Tuesdays ongoing

Many of us find it difficult to accept and love our bodies and the more subtle parts of ourselves, just as we are. We’ve struggled from early in life with critical judgments of our bodies, minds and abilities. We are skillful at caring for others, and yet often can’t find compassion and peace for ourselves. And some of us have spent so much time caring for others that we’re hardly in touch with who we really are. 

How, in this moment NOW, can we find acceptance and even love for ourselves — embracing our bodies and everything else about us, exactly as we are? Can we truly meet and release old patterns of shame, anxiety, depression and other stuck beliefs that often stem from earlier trauma?

Join me in an exploration of this theme, using the Living Inquiries NOW Practice, the Simple Inquiry, and other tools to help us unwind the tangled beliefs we’ve acquired throughout our lives, and which are no longer serving us. 

Each week we will share how self-inquiry is affecting our lives, we’ll take time to “rest” together, to practice Inquiry with various tools, and to share our current personal experiences. In this way we can become proficient at Self-Inquiry and gradually unravel our old, stuck beliefs about the different aspects of ourselves, relaxing into a more natural state of self-acceptance and compassion. As well, the community spirit that arises from such sharing can be very supportive in our healing journey.

Cost: FREE

See the Event Calendar for full details of the Tuesday Group

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Events are shown in Pacific Time (PT) on the Events calendar. Check the details for other time zones such as Eastern Time (ET), GMT (UK time) , Central European Time (CET) or, to check out the equivalent time for your own location, go to www.worldtimebuddy.com or www.timeanddate.com
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“I participate in the weekly group “Loving Our Bodies, Loving Ourselves (and BTW, Who Are We?).” It is a special gathering, offering love, acceptance, and honesty. The group facilitator, Sumitra Burton, is warm-hearted and knowledgeable in her guidance on the path of healing using the Living Inquiries tools. I look forward to spending time with Sumitra and the other participants in the group. It is a very safe place for inquiry and self-discovery.” SKR
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“I look forward to attending Sumitra’s sessions each week. She creates a very special space where love and complete acceptance of each individual is honored. I am so grateful for her presence and for the other members of the group. It awakens my heart, my mind, my body and spirit, so that I recognize who I truly am. It’s coming home to myself.” TC