Loving Our Bodies – Loving Ourselves
A Support Group for Women Using Self-Inquiry
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 (and hoping/ wanting to change 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. These tools are wonderfully effective for practicing Self-Inquiry – exploring what is Here Right Now in This Moment, what it seems to mean about us and how the stuck beliefs can be relaxed and released. It can be magical to see how what arises now is hooked with the past (velcroed, as Scott says) – the thoughts, feelings and sensations.
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: First Meeting FREE!: $10/ week thereafter. Please join us for free your first time; newbies welcome each week! No one turned away for lack of funds.
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“I participate in the Tuesday morning 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
“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
September and October Embodiment Gathering: Safely exploring our humanity together
With Lisa Meuser
Fridays, September 21st and October 5th, 26th
Support yourself in becoming truly available for your life.
Belonging, community and connection are crucial for our wellbeing. We come to learn about ourselves, together. For those who would like support in their journey, here’s an affordable option.
We live in a culture that often disempowers and creates stress – and doesn’t teach us how to feel safe from within. Our culture teaches us to find safety in people, places, and in superficial doings and things. But it doesn’t teach us sustainable, empowering safety from the inside out.
Without this knowing, we often don’t know how to cope with being in an overwhelming world, or how to recover from traumatic experiences. We have forgotten that safety is possible, or maybe we’ve never known safety. Many of us have developed post-traumatic stress as a result.
We can learn. We can learn to slowly and gently know that safety is here. We can safely get to know safety.
Scott Kiloby wrote to me:
“I see so many people want to be free but stop as soon as the trauma or core story really starts to come up. Then they run. I think it would be great idea for you to do a group, gently guiding people… “
We come together to find safety in our experiences, to discover that we are safe – even when we have trauma or loud core stories.
In this group we honor our experiences and we learn how that we don’t have to pretend or hide – or run. We gather to intimately connect and explore the nature of being human. In a world where it is not always easy or safe to be vulnerable, we learn that it is possible and loving to do so. We come to learn about ourselves, together. We gather in a safe container, where we are allowed to be exactly who we are, exactly as we are, and that we are indeed safe to be.
From past participants:
“It is quite breathtaking to experience you working with a group; watching and listening to your communion with who-they-really-are. You have a gift, Lisa.”
“You represent what Adyashanti talks about: “A safe place for the world to come and rest.” You are that safe, benign presence in the world.”
Gatherings focus on practical and experiential exercises that are specifically designed for the development of self-awareness, self-love and safety. I always facilitate a guided rest. There will be time for questions and optional sharing amongst group members. Sometimes I engage in a 1:1 facilitation while everyone else follows along silently. Other times I share ways to assist with self-inquiry, or ways to heal the nervous system. Participation is always optional.
There are no requirements to attend: anyone who is interested in becoming more intimate with themselves and becoming more available for their life is welcome. Please contact me with questions: [email protected].
We will meet for 60-75 minutes on Zoom. Each call will be recorded, and yours to keep.
You can come to one, or as many as you’d like!