March 11, 2017

It's been a powerful week of bringing light to the shadow and love into the wound for Davana and I. We have been diving so deep in our own practices and sharing the medicine we each make and are, that we both see and feel it rippling out in ever widening circles. I feel so much gratitude that it is beyond words. 

Yet even though words will always fall short of conveying direct experience, they still serve as place markers in time and space, symbols we use to communicate meaning. Thus words do play an important role in helping us bridge the illus...

February 2, 2017

The men's circle I had the opportunity to co-lead this past weekend was powerful on all levels. We co-created a sacred space where my brothers could open up in courageous displays of vulnerability to speak their truths, share their hearts, and shed some tears.

Whenever I walk away from a men's circle I feel more whole. I feel like I've honored my responsibility to share the medicine I have made through my path of healing, and passed on the gifts I have received from my elders. I also feel inspired and hopeful because I know that these circles...

December 9, 2016

I use to think it was a sign of strength to never cry. I felt that it was the hallmark of manhood to not show any emotion save for anger. And even though deep down my heart was bruised and bleeding, my false pride kept my eyes from shedding any tears. I didn't know at the time that this stoicism was not strength but rather unconscious armor covering up a deep wound. All I knew was that there existed a chaos within me which I couldn't deal with, and so I focused my attention almost exclusively on the outside world. As such I lived my life almost e...

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