Author: Clay Boykin

Male Spirituality

What is male spirituality? What does it mean? What is its essence? Fr. Richard Rohr, in this interview on Male Spirituality provides excellent insights. As well, check out his article on Masculine Spirituality on our Articles on Men’s Issues page.   Masculine Spirituality – By Richard Rohr, O.F.M. – Masculine spirituality.  Perhaps the term sounds new, different, even wrong or unnecessary.  Why would we bother speaking of a spirituality that is especially masculine or male?  Is there anything to be learned here?  Anything that can help both men and women… Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (born in 1943 in Kansas) is a Franciscan friar ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. He is an...

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Men’s Spirituality

Excerpts from the article Men’s Spirituality by Donald Bisson. “Men bleed too. Men grieve the loss of their children through divorce, separation, work assignments and illnesses. They seek out relationships to fill the hunger, pain and loneliness of life’s struggles. They ponder the great mysteries of birth, death, aging, love-making, creativity and nature. They pray. Often, they pray in secret, almost fearful of being shamed if the depths of their desires are discovered. Men struggle to have a spirituality…” “If male spirituality is going to be a powerful force, it must be able to touch ordinary men in ordinary ways....

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Don’t “Act Like a Man” – Tony Porter

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”     More on: Men’s Issues...

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American Veda

Here are two excellent presentations that speak to India’s impact on Western culture. Both presentations make reference to New Thought, Emerson, Thoreau, the Fillmore, etc., and Goldberg makes mention of speaking at Unity Village. Both video’s are well worth the time. They helped me put the rich background of New Thought into context.           American Veda by Philip Goldberg  –  A fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture. In February 1968 the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual...

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Joy: It’s Terrifying

Oprah refers to joy and gratitude as “the way home.” Brené says, “When we loose our tolerance to be vulnerable.. joy becomes foreboding” and sometimes in our experiences we are “dress rehearsing tragedy so we can beat vulnerability to the punch.”   There is this place I go and sit quietly to reflect. Sometimes I go there because I feel my heart clenched closed in fear; or weak with doubt. Other times my heart feels fragile, and I struggle. I become angry and defensive. Pausing in the silence I begin to breathe into the knowing that standing in my...

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