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!
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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
Gathering Together, Journeying Together, Deepening Together
With Lisa Meuser
Fridays, May 25th, June 8th and 22nd
Support yourself in becoming truly available for your life.
Belonging, community and connection are crucial for our well being. We come to learn about ourselves, together. For those of you who would like support in your deeper looking and/or aren’t interested in 1:1 sessions, here’s an affordable option.
Deficiency stories debilitate, demean and disempower us like nothing else. Sometimes coming from outside ourselves- through institutional doctrine familial conditioning- but eventually winding up in our own narratives, these stories seem to solidify a separate sense of self. In an email to me Scott Kiloby shared“ 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…”
This sense of separation is painful, and yet we often hide or pretend- or, as Scott said- run, staying separate and isolated in our pain. In this group we connect together, and we honor our stories and our trauma, 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. We come to learn about ourselves, together. In a world where it is not always easy or safe to be vulnerable, we learn that it is possible. We gather in a safe container, where we are allowed to be exactly who we are, exactly as we are.
This monthly gathering will focus on practical and experiential exercises that are specifically designed for the development of self-awareness and self love. 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.
We will meet for 60-75 minutes on zoom. Each call will be recorded, and yours to keep. Please contact me with questions.
You can come to one, or as many as you’d like!