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By John Gwin
Special to The SUN
Hey bro, how are you really feeling?
If you are not sure, or don’t understand why you are feeling a certain emotion, perhaps it is time to consider the ManKind Project’s New Warrior Training Adventure.
The ManKind Project (MKP) is an international nonprofit organization for men. There are over 45,000 members worldwide. MKP is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party. Your beliefs are welcome. We strive to be increasingly inclusive and affirming of cultural differences, especially with respect to color, class, sexual orientation, faith, age, ability, ethnicity and nationality. The mission or purpose of MKP is to create a safer world by growing “better” men. We do this by training men and supporting them in group circles.
What we practice and why:
Emotional authenticity — Because we believe in honesty and wholeness, we practice emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Personal responsibility — Because we value integrity and accountability, we take 100-percent responsibility for our feelings, and we own the impacts, both positive and negative, of our choices and actions.
Leadership mastery — Because we believe that role models change lives, we practice highly principled personal, interpersonal and group leadership.
Empowered mission — Because we value generosity, service and connection to Spirit, we explore and live from our deepest purpose.
Supportive community — Because we care for ourselves and the generations to come, we create a place for men from all walks of life to learn and teach in a safe, respectful, challenging and inclusive peer-network.
Interested? If you are ready to get to work, the New Warrior Training Adventure might be for you.
The New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) is a modern male initiation and self-examination. We believe this is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self, no matter how old a man is. It is the “Hero’s Journey” of classical literature and myth that has nearly disappeared in modern culture. We ask men to stop living vicariously through movies, television, addictions and distractions and step up into their own adventure — in real time and surrounded by other men.
At the NWTA: You’ll experience a level of energy, a quality of masculinity, a deep sense of safety, joy and laughter, anger and fear, physical challenge, and a connection to life’s mystery that we can’t explain to you, no matter how hard we try. You’ll have the opportunity to look with fearless honesty at the life you’ve created, and make profound choices about what you want to keep, what you want to expand, and what you want to let go of. You’ll discover your unique connection to manhood, explore a new way of understanding masculinity, and step fully into the man you envision yourself to be.
A MKP “Circle of Men” meets regularly in Archuleta County. The Southwest Colorado/New Mexico Chapter of MKP will conduct a New Warrior Training Adventure Nov. 9-11.
For more information, contact John Gwin, 731-9666 or www.mkpnm.org