A Month of The Mankind Project

The Mankind Project LogoIn early November I went on a personal development weekend for men put on by The Mankind Project (MKP).   I also attended a men’s group meeting run by MKP for the rest of the month, and have continued attending it up until now.

Why I Did The Weekend

I did it because I’d met 3 people over the past year (one was my therapist) who had done it and they’d all found it worthwhile & recommended it to me, and because I was aware that I had (& still have) a lot of growing to do.

The New Warrior Training Adventure

The weekend itself, called the “New Warrior Training Adventure” was an intense and active and experiential weekend that was run by a staff of strong, compassionate, dedicated men.

I can’t explain [Read more...]

A Month of Podcasting

The Green Podcast Logo

A while ago someone suggested to me that I needed a new “challenge” to which I could apply myself.

I wanted something that would be primarily a mental/psychological challenge – something that would push me outside my comfort zone and make me grow.  I decided that hosting a podcast was definitely outside my comfort zone, but not so far outside that I’d necessarily botch it completely.

So I started The Green Podcast which was (and is) a challenge, and has the benefit of being about a topic that I’m happy to spend my energy on. It’s the type of podcast which, if done well, I’d like to listen to myself.

I was very nervous recording the first episode, and a bit less nervous for each of the next 2 (have only recorded 3 episodes as of this writing). [Read more...]

A Month of Kundalini Yoga

Sat Kriya Drawing

Position for doing the “Sat Kriya”.

For the month of September I did Kundalini Yoga.

Before I tell you a bit about my experience, I want to let you know why this blog post will likely be shorter and less polished than most. I’d like to reduce the amount of time that I spend staring at screens, so I’m limiting myself to 1 hour to write this post. Most posts take me several hours.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is weird yoga. I suppose one could say that all yoga is wierd, with all of its unusual poses. But I think Kundalini yoga would seem even weirder than most yoga from an outsider’s perspective.

For many years I’ve been interested in Kundalini Yoga, but hadn’t tried it due to fear of the potential negative side effects. I finally decided to try it due to the potential benefits and my recent “not holding back from life” attitude.

I was interested in yoga primarily for the spiritual benefits. [Read more...]

A Month of Swearing

 

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“I just realized that I’ve never heard you swear!”

That’s a line that I’m used to hearing after I meet new people and have spent some time with them. I’ve never gotten into the habit of swearing, at least not within earshot of anyone else. In August I decided to change that.

Why Start Swearing?

1 - Not swearing = duplicity

I swear all the time when I’m by myself (when I stub my toe, etc). I don’t want to have a private version of myself – what you might call the “real” me – that no one else ever sees. Swearing is a step towards “being myself” more fully around others.

2 – Not swearing = not feeling

I can sense that by holding back on swearing, I’m also holding back on feeling. Although I’m primarily concerned with [Read more...]

A Month of Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) Book CoverI first heard about Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) through a guest post on Tim Ferriss’s blog.  They sounded interesting & useful to me, so for the month of May I decided to try them.

The theory behind TRE is that the effects of mental stress and trauma are stored physically in our bodies as tension.  TRE claims to be a method for releasing that physical tension, and along with it the associated mental & psychological .  The physical tension is released through muscle tremors which are induced by a sequence of physical exercises that tire out the legs.

Each day, I’d complete the sequence of exercises which took about 20-30 minutes.  After completing the exercises, [Read more...]