4.27.2010

Ready?

The text below is from taken from the older version of the ManKind Project Web site and no longer appears written this way. I am re-posting it here because it is pretty clear on what MKP is for many men.

Are you ready?

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

Accountability & Integrity

The New Warrior Training Adventure is about taking a look at our lives as men - how they work and how they don't work. Here a man learns how to be fully accountable for his actions and their consequences; how to begin integrating the dark and soulful qualities of his masculine nature; how to stand up and take full responsibility for his life. He learns to find courage in the face of his deepest fears, and to understand the he has the opportunity to live a life of integrity and congruence. He learns to transcend the momentum of toxic masculinity, finding within himself the sacred masculine energy that is capable of discernment and protection that seeds life with passion, zeal, and creativity. He learns to step forward as a man without apologizing for who he is, stewarding that energy with an open heart and compassionate mindfulness.

A mature man is one who knows himself well enough to understand why he is here and what he is committed to. A man spends his energy on what he values. We have been conditioned to value things outside us. Sooner or later, the material life gives way to the interior life, and we have only one place left to go to discover the real richness of our lives - inside our own hearts and souls. If you are a man ready to invest in his own heart, the NWTA may be for you.

4.13.2010

Mirror

I have a very special mirror in my house. It was made by New Warrior man and it holds my New Warrior Training Adventure talisman when I am not wearing it. It is a circle of clay around a mirror of maybe eight inches. I can only see my face in it.

I look into that mirror when I take the talisman down. I am reminded of the words that are painted around it, "as a man among men," and I remember my place in the circle of men that is the ManKind Project.

So I want you to look in the mirror, the next time you do, and really take a look.

Look at the man you see there. Can you look at him with honor and compassion, love and trust?

Are you old enough to see your father's lines in your face; can you see them with eyes of knowing and empathy?

When will you be able to look at this man, yourself, and a honor him for his choices, good and bad, smart and dull, weak and strong?

In the ManKind Project, men are encouraged to look at what is working in their lives and not working in their lives. Men are asked to look at themselves and then they are guided to take hold of both and resolve them so that they can lead lives of integrity, compassion, and honor.

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

4.02.2010

Wielding a Sword

"A truly enlightened warrior realizes that his most powerful weapons are love and compassion."

Author Unknown

Being a New Warrior means wielding a sword of a different kind than the past has dictated. My sword is for healing and honor, not for random violence or attacking.

A warrior knows he must heed the call to duty. The call of duty in the ManKind Project is one of honoring each man's choices and honoring our failings and successes. We are men who have stepped into the light of responsibility and the courage of holding space for men to live lives of integrity and mission.

How a New Warrior wields his sword will look very different than you might expect. Are you a man who is willing to look at your life and hold an honorable space for other men to do that as well?

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf