Welcome, men! The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space in which we can share our thoughts and feelings with one another and receive beneficial feedback. What challenges, struggles, joys, hopes, dreams, accomplishments or disappointments are you caught up in right now? What is in your heart and on your mind?
The group will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (in Mira Mesa, near the intersection of Black Mtn. Rd and Mira Mesa Blvd.), but there are no attendance expectations or requirements.
The format is remarkably simple yet amazingly rewarding and is based on a men's group I attended in Chicago off and on for almost 20 years.
There are a few things I believe you can expect: bonds will be formed, meaningful friendships will develop, and you will find yourself changing in important and beneficial ways. There will be plenty of laughter and, at times, tears.
Being seen and heard without judgment is a powerful gift, and you will find that here.
I anticipate most meetings will vary in size from between 2 to 8 men. The size of the group on any particular night is no indicator of what you'll get out it. Some of the most exciting and engaging meetings I've attended had only two or three people present.
A FEW IMPORTANT GROUND RULES:
Confidentiality is paramount. Given the personal nature of much of what will likely be shared, it is essential that what is said in the group stays in the group.
Meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM. They will start on time and end on time, though you're welcome to hang around for a bit afterwards to socialize.
During meetings, each man will have an opportunity to speak, uninterrupted. Turns will be taken "popcorn-style." If and when you feel ready, take a turn. When finished, you can choose to accept feedback from other men, or not. If you do, that portion of your time will be more conversational and interactive in nature.
You need not speak at all if you don't want to. You can choose simply to listen, a valuable contribution in and of itself.
That's it! It's not rocket science, but it can be remarkably rewarding, even life-changing. I look forward to meeting you all!