A Poem by Heart: A Soul Practice

Gazing out over the lush green ravine in the early light, barefoot on the earth, I repeated the poem aloud as a prayer, a new way to greet the morning. Back inside the house, I opened my blue notebook on the coffee table and quietly read the lines again. Noting that I had misspoken one…

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Embodying the Sacred Masculine: Evolving Forward

I was at a workshop in Colorado, sitting in a circle of conscious men when my dear mentor asked, how are you carrying the Sacred Masculine in your life? For a moment, I went blank. It was if he had casually tossed some sort of bomb into my lap, one that then quietly detonated in…

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A Mythopoetic Gathering of Men

Standing in the California redwoods, I couldn’t be farther from the French Riviera. A couple of days ago, I was in sunny Cannes on the Mediterranean, seated at a sidewalk café, sipping a glass of Provençal rosé while surrounded by tourists and a mélange of languages. Now I’m near Mendocino on the northern California coast,…

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Men and Beauty: Evolving the Masculine

“You probably want this on a pretty plate…” A faint note of something like sarcasm or weary condescension colored my friend’s voice, as she peered into the pot of homegrown Anasazi beans she had just cooked. “I know what you’re going to say,” she added, “you don’t like the brown beans in a brown bowl.”…

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