These are admittedly confusing times for men. We seek to balance to our masculinity, to communicate openly, and to act in a way that is co-empowering. But what does that mean exactly? And how will it be of benefit to us?
Of our own doing, men may feel discouraged from acknowledging our vulnerability with one another. We may consequently miss the opportunity to offer encouragement and varied perspectives. As Terrence Real said, "Strength is not the absence of vulnerability. Strength is knowing what your weaknesses are and working with them."
This monthly online group offers you an opportunity to reflect upon a topic or theme introduced, bring yourself into good alignment with the season and cycle of life. By identifying and following a simple goal or two for the month ahead, you can improve your mood, reduce stress, and deepen your personal relationships.
Upcoming dates in 2020:
Autumn Moons: September 23 (Equinox / New Harvest Moon) October 21 (New Hunter Moon) , November 18 (New Beaver Moon), and
Winter Moons: December 16 (Solstice / New Cold Moon).
Gathering time is 7:00 pm. We continue until everyone who wishes to share has had an opportunity to do so (anticipated length 90 minutes)
Here are some recommended readings that will complement topics or themes that may be raised in group discussion (not required, but certainly insightful):
Terrence Real — I Don't Want to Talk About It John Gottman — 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now Richard Wagamese — Keeper 'n Me Thich Nhat Hahn — The Heart of Buddha's Teaching Terrence Real — The New Rules of Marriage
Please note that registration (RSVP the event) is required. When you confirm your attendance, a link will be sent to you to sign in at the time of the event. Please note that as the organizer I will need to be able to recognize your identity on zoom when you sign in so that I can let you in, therefore do not change it to a pseudonym.
There is no fee for this group. If you wish to make a contribution as a heart gift, in exchange for the benefit of participating in this group, you are welcome to offer a donation to Anishnawbe Health Foundation (supportanishnawbe.ca) that supports the Indigenous community in Toronto. Considering joining the Sweetgrass Monthly Giving Circle and be part of a community dedicated to health equity for Indigenous people, helping to reclaim Traditional Healing practices.
We acknowledge that we are living and working on ancestral traditional territories of many nations (in my case, of the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, and the Anishnaabe, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation) that continues to be home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. In some cases, these lands are unceded, in other cases treaties negotiated between our peoples were not conducted in good faith. Wherever Indigenous peoples have experienced racism, colonization, or genocide, we acknowledge that without a meaningful and comprehensive reconciliation, their healing journey, and consequently ours, is not complete.
We accord respect to all persons, regardless of age, political affiliation, religion, including people of colour, women, men, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples, member of ethno-racial groups, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/ transsexual people, and gender diverse persons, and all persons whose language or culture differs from our own.