Author: Clay Boykin

The Tipping Point Between Pride and Courage

Standing frozen in fear at the middle of the old bridge the young boy and his friend could feel the rumbling of the water as it shook the pilings. They had walked out to this spot many times, but this day the bridge seemed more fragile, and the wooden slats less secure. The wind gusted and Pride whistled in the young boy’s left ear, then the wind calmed and Courage became the whispering breeze in his right. As the torrent rose and as the gusts returned slats began to shake loose and fall. Pride screamed above the roar, “Follow...

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – On Giving

Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.” And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city? And what is fear of need but need itself? Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?...

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Map of Consciousness

From time to time in our Monday evening circle we talk about Energy Vibration Levels and Levels of Consciousness. A favorite metaphor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, a teacher of meditation and of the Sufi tradition was: Consciousness rides on energy… Consciousness is supported like a ball that floats on a fountain of energy. In his book, Power vs Force, David Hawkins talks about enlightenment as being at the highest vibrational level of energy and shame being at the lowest. More recently, in her TED Talk, Listening To Shame, Brene Brown notes that Shame is an unspoken epidemic, and is the secret behind many...

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Walk the Walk

At our men’s Renewal (retreat) a few years back we explored the topic of Active Spirituality. We went deep learning and sharing with one another, and it is fair to say we all came away changed in some way. Pema Chodron makes a good point related to self love in her own humorous, down to earth, thought provoking and spiritual way in this short talk. I invite you to take 5-minutes to consider her message. Walk the Walk *** A video link submitted by our own Henry Novak: In “The Matrix,” Morpheus says… “Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just...

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About the Men’s Fellowship Network

The Men’s Fellowship Network is a community that supports men in connecting and growing along their spiritual journeys. “We’re all a work in progress.” The MFN launched in April 2012 in Austin, Texas for the purpose of providing a weekly opportunity for men in the area to have a conversation on various topics that pertain to “male spirituality.” We are an inclusive group and all men are welcome. Within the Men’s Fellowship Network we define “spirituality” as an individual’s recognition that there exists a transcendent energy in the universe that is intelligent, aware, intuitive and loving; that this energy exists within each of us; that once we are awakened to the presence of this energy within, we are inspired to enter upon...

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