"WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ANYWAY?"
ON THE COMMON
O.K. So I've read poetry, drummed, danced in the woods, done sweat lodges, read Iron John, attended weekends and retreats, and given my time and energy to organizing events. So what? What's the point?
Many men initially came to men's work because of a problem: Relationship. A broken marriage. Health. Difficulties with work. ...or a vague sense of unease: something's not right. Pain. Dread. Feeling down all the time.
From the first, all of us sensed a real promise in meeting with other men ... felt the presence of an important payoff. It's what got us involved: "something I really need is in here somewhere." It's what kept us going, persisting in men's work.
And, as we attended men's events, vital freedom was preserved, at least in most cases. Exercises were non coercive, did not attempt to dictate what our individual growth should look like. We were left to explore and decide for ourselves. All well and good. Essential.
But what do I really get from all this stuff? What's the payoff? What am I looking for? What do I want? Why keep doing men's work? What's it all about?
On The Common Ground's Village of Brothers will gather this May at Camp Hi Rock as Spring comes alive. And we invite every man to come, alive with the energy of your questions, alive with seeking what you truly desire.
We will employ talk, silence, exercises, play, the sweat lodge, and whatever else we can think of to investigate this question. As usual, every man is invited to explore your own, most personal feelings about it. And Paul and John will offer their experience of it.
But it is vital that many men come to make this investigation a real dialogue, Each man who comes to this retreat adds his unique and indispensable contribution to what we can learn.
Our goal is to "put it all together"... to see what lies most deeply in our hearts. That will probably lead us to explore spirituality, what spirituality means when we experience the real thing. How, if at all, can spirituality inform my personal life? Somehow this sounds important.
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