11.22.2006

Thanksgiving 2006

I am thankful for:

My family; my three girls & my partner/wife
Being a dad; something I cherish and highly recommend
My home in a safe town
My job
My new hearing aid
Breathing
Time to make change
My MKP New Warrior brothers who support me and grow with me
Four Stone Circle iGroup on Thursday nights
Being alive
MKP men who give of their time and pay to staff NWTAs
Men who choose to live in a conscious way
Blogs
Wolves

I hope you find time to sit with what you are thankful for. I hope you take the time to look at what you have that works, and what you have that doesn't. Maybe one day I will meet you at an NWTA or in an iGroup or at an MKP gathering of men. I look forward to that.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

11.21.2006

Only Men Can Help Other Men Learn How to be a Man



Got 2 1/2 minutes to hear about the ManKind Project? This is a video post from a New Warrior using YouTube.com to get his story out to the world.

Click here to see the video (if you can't see it above).

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

11.16.2006

So Long, Brother, for Now

By brother, Scott Allan Maynard, passed back into Spiritworld on Saturday night. He was 45. His heart failed to support him any longer. His chosen spirituality was Buddhism.

(spoken quietly toward the stars; with reverence)
Scott Allan Maynard
Scott Allan Maynard
Scott Allan Maynard

So long, my brother. May you come back to more peacefulness than I judge you experienced this time around.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

11.15.2006

For Dancing Wolf

Over the last week I have been recovering from nasal surgery. It was very difficult and painful.

I struggle with physical pain in a way that many men do. I get close to and often pass out during medical procedures. I took a lot of heat for this as a child/boy/man. Little did I know that it is very common among men.

Dealing with these kind of struggles are some of the pieces of work I deal with in my iGroup each week. This is my space for looking at my world; holding it up to the light to see what is really there; like men often dealing with pain like I do.

I am blessed in this life's journey to be loved and cared for by a wonderful women. I dedicate this post to her. She is my partner in all that I do. She is my support, my advocate, my friend and lover, my best friend, my challenger, my home "iGroup."

Thank you, Dancing Wolf, for being in my life!

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

11.01.2006

Wikipedia.org and the Mankind Project

I research around the Internet for ManKind Project related material. Rarely do I come across "bad press." When there are 40,000 men who have completed a process like the NWTA, there will be some who didn't get what I got; simple fact of life. But, it is pretty rare.

There's a Web site called Wikipedia.org that looks basically like an Internet encyclopedia. The difference is that anybody can publish to these pages. They have rules regarding verifiability, but it appears to me that anybody can post anything.

Wikipedia.org has about a bazillion pages of pseudo-reference material. One of those pages is on the ManKind Project. I have checked into it a few times and I am continually amazed at reading the parts that claim (with no verifiability) that MKP is somehow a cult or "Large Group Awareness Training" (LGAT) cult type group.

I have read what an LGAT is and MKP most definitely is not a commonly-defined LGAT. Why not? Because MKP supports the training with follow up groups, called Integration Groups. These groups are populated with men who have been through the New Warrior Training Adventure and are working on making changes in their own individual lives.

The interesting part is that, as a men's organization, MKP is about men finding their connection to heart and service in the world. From my seat, MKP is not about what commonly goes for an LGAT or a cult.

See here for my take on MKP as a cult.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf