The Season of Light and Shadow
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:47 AM
It's a tricky season eh? There is so much to be grateful for in my life. I see all the ways in which I am blessed and how my blessing can effect others. I rejoice in the renewed connections to family and friends. I celebrate the crisp air ... all of this is true.
AND ... we are entering the season when there are more suicides than at any other time of the year. A season in which millions of people use food and alcohol and material goods to disconnect from themselves and the people in their lives. A season when the realities of scarcity of resources has lead so many of us to spend more than we have to 'prove' our love for our families. A season in which every day the amount of sun light decreases as we head to the winter solstice. A gray, wet, cold season.
Light and Shadow. That is what we deal with at Open Men. We deal with BOTH sides of the coin of life - not denying the reality of a man's experience in his world. Not trying to push away or destroy the negative aspects of the personality but to MOVE with them, to integrate them so that your CHOICES about how you respond to the world can expand. Nothing is destroyed ... only transformed.
The pain and suffering of life is real. We're not going to deny it. We're going to expand what we are capable of facing in the world and expand our options for responding with love and compassion in the face of pain - our own pain and the pain of others.
Tonight we will take some time to explore Gratitude - to recognize what we are grateful for - AND we will take some time to be honest about the blocks, the pain and the fear that is facing us on our paths as men in this world.
Show up. Get support. Embrace more of who you are.
Call me if you need directions.