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This meeting’s topic was Health, but one of our men had a need to discuss something else, and we honored it.  We’ll postpone the topic of Health until next time (unless another need arises).

(We try to respond to what the men in the group need, rather than some sort of arbitrary objectives.  Our men need to know that we’re there when they need us.  We actually had a great meeting, with all the men contributing something of worth toward this man’s topic request.  We’re maturing as a group.  Cool.)

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This week’s meeting is a little different than usual.

Ken Solin, the guy I’ve talked to you about, will be visiting the group to talk about his experience in starting/participating in a men’s group for the past 20 years.  More information about Ken can be found here and here (you might find some of the exchanges between the men in these videos seem familiar!)

Ken will be here to share his experience with groups like ours and to satisfy his curiosity about what we’re doing.  Aside from writing about this whole business, he is also interested in helping encourage groups of men coming together to talk about their issues.

We’ll plan on doing our breif check-in from all those in attendance and then move onto to sharing ideas about groups of men with Ken.

Please let me know if you plan to come.  Looking forward to meeting.

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This week’s meeting is a little different than usual.

Ken Solin, the guy I’ve talked to you about, will be visiting the group to talk about his experience in starting/participating in a men’s group for the past 20 years.  More information about Ken can be found here and here (you might find some of the exchanges between the men in these videos seem familiar!)

Ken will be here to share his experience with groups like ours and to satisfy his curiosity about what we’re doing.  Aside from writing about this whole business, he is also interested in helping encourage groups of men coming together to talk about their issues.

We’ll plan on doing our breif check-in from all those in attendance and then move onto to sharing ideas about groups of men with Ken.

Please let me know if you plan to come.  Looking forward to meeting.

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We will be meeting Monday 3/28/11 from 7:30-9:30pm.
Our topic will be fear.
Fear is a pervasive part of the human condition, but its expression can take on a myriad of different forms. We can experience acute fear, in the moment, in response to a physical situation we are confronted with; accidents/disasters, extreme places (vast expanses, steep cliffs, confined tunnels).  This is perhaps the most useful and natural encounter with fear. Our bodies shift into a flight-or-fight response and operate in a subconscious way to get us through it.
But as modern humans we are confronted with many other kinds of fear which is less rational, less useful and more difficult to deal with. As our consciousness evolved so did our fears.  As we moved from total-now consciousness into consciousness outside of the present, we could begin to fear things not immediately in front of us. We developed the ability to feel attachment to something and fear changes in the future. We are faced with a deeply uncertain world today, full of unrest, looming crisis and  seemingly unrelenting natural and man-made catastrophes.
Media sources push some kinds of fear on the evening news, while not addressing things we perhaps should be fearful of. Emotional fear, outside of the moment can be like a cancer. It can slowly eat away at our ability of our mind to rest in peace and happiness. We may live in a fantasy world projecting our fears outside so that our perceived world becomes a scary fear filled landscape.
  • What kinds of fears do you struggle with?
  • What fears do you have that you think are really legitimate?
  • What fears are unexamined, old patterns that maybe once served but that should really be thrown out to free up inner space for peace, enthusiasm and joy?
  • If you didn’t hold on your fears as legitimate, what would happen?
  • Where did you learn to fear these things?
I look forward to meeting with you!

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Monday, August the 2nd, From 7:30-9:30pm

The topic will be what are the struggles or challenges you find yourself facing, and what has been your most recent triumph, and if possible how does this tie into your larger biography? The format will be to simply share a little about yourself, the theme may help provide some focus. If you want to share something else that’s perfectly fine as well.
Seeds for thought on the theme. These are not prescriptive, they can be entry points or ways of thinking about the topic, but there are many other ways to approach it, which may work better for you.
  • Is there a person or situation that is causing you stress or anxiety? What about this situation isn’t working for you?
  • Is your challenge totally new, or is it recurrent? What brings it on? What makes it better? What do you want to do about it?
  • What have you recently accomplished or overcome? What was the struggle? What makes the victory sweet?
  • What change needed to happen for you? How is this applicable for the rest of your life?

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