Before I joined the Awakened Life Men's Collective, in the spring of 2011, I never really missed or dreamed about spending much time with other men, except maybe for the traditional playing of sports and a few other activities. And to be honest, it took me a while to really understand how important it is to be with other men in a bigger context of Trust, Vulnerability and Commitment. But even without really getting it with my rational mind there was always something deeply felt in me when I was physically present with Pete and the initially small group of men from this Collective, like a strong sense in my heart that "there is something very right here!" Today, I can sincerely say that the ever present guidance of Pete and the support of my dedicated brothers, has been one of the most important aspects of my growing into a more Integrated, Confident and Mature Man.
Another very important aspect of my own development has also been the birth and presence of my two kids.
I believe almost every father would agree that there is a life before and after having kids, and some things will never be the same again. Their presence, their constant demand, and also all the beautiful ways through which they melt our hearts and invite us to reevaluate our priorities, has been an invaluable gift with a profound impact on how I see myself and the world.
And last, but surely not least, the Continuous Presence, Love and Support of my Wife Teresa, that also shares the same context within the Awakened Life Project (and is also part of the Women's Creative) has played, and continues to play, an enormous part in dismantling many of my ideas and images about myself and showing me what Love really is.
Recognising that perfection is just an idea and acknowledging that I am, and will always be, a work in progress, I give myself continuously to be of Service to a Mystery that Transcends myself, but that I am also an expression of, with Humility, Courage and Strength.