Saturday Morning Men’s Cafe

Men Cafe LogoIMG_3995We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery in the ancient wisdom tradition of growing as a man. It’s free. Just show up to learn, reconnect with, and make new friends.  All men are welcome. The Elder community of The Mankind Project is hosting this series of experiential topics of interest to all men on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Men in our community will facilitate topics of their choosing that will support other men’s growth.Plan to attend the Fall Gathering of Men in Fall 2019.

Our next Men’s Cafe meeting  Saturday JUNE 8, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30. We will meet at The Council on Recovery located at 303 Jackson Hill Street. Ask location at front desk.

HOW TO SPEAK AND BE HEARD

Join Luis Bautista for this dynamic presentation on The 3 Step Formula for Being Heard 100% of the time. Do you ever wonder why people don’t seem to listen to you when you speak?  The answer may not be the message but in the way the message is being delivered. Research show that verbal communication is only 30% of what others hear from you. What happens with the 70% that is not heard?

Bring your curiosity and openness for new learning!

Luis Bautista is a shaman, coach, spiritual teach, founder of the More Love Foundation and a leader in the Elder community

CREATING A SOUL CONNECTION WITH OTHERS May 11, 2019

Brian Kurtz will lead us through an easy exercise in which you will learn to distinguish between mind chatter and “soul talk”.   This will allow you to connect with others at a deeper level, potentially transforming relationships in your life and connecting to your divine nature.

Brian is a healer, teacher and light worker who calls in Spirit’s power and love to heal physical, psychological, and emotional issues.

Brian did his MKP September 2012 and served as the Elder Coordinator for Central Texas for three years. Brian still speaks MKP and his mission everywhere he goes, committed to Service in the world.

Here is Brian’s introduction to the processes he used to get us in touch with our connection to each other.

Learn more about Brian’s programs at www.healedbyspirit.com

OPPS..I HAVE BRAIN CANCER..NOW WHAT DO I DO? April 16,2019

Dave Daugherty will discuss his journey in dealing with a life threatening medical condition and how one’s identity an d context for life transforms how you see yourself and others.

  • What are the logistics of dealing with medical system? Understanding how your context is totally different from the system’s perspective and the medical staff.
  • How do you deal with the spiritual dimensions of this? Yours and everyone else’s dimensions.
  • How do you support your family, during this time? Letting go and not giving up.

Dave has been an executive coach in his own practice for 30 years following a career in finance. He has been in the Warrior community for 26 years.

Listen to Dave’s presentation

HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD      March 9, 2019
(And other misconceptions about getting older)

David Davis lad a discussion on 

  • Are you looking ahead or only in the rearview mirror?
  • Do you have enough ( and what’s enough anyway)?
  • What’s after the education, career, relationship, possessions?
  • Are you planning for something other than retirement?
  • Join David on other questions about aging; maybe ones you are afraid to ask.

David (Smiling Bengal Tiger) has been active in  MKP since 2009, serving as Center Director North Texas, Chair of MKPUSA Center Council and Elder for the SCA Leader Body.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE COMPASSIONATE February 9, 2019

Carl Curtis led  a discussion of how compassionate? What is it and how can we express it in our lives every day?  When did you show empathy and compassion? When were you not compassionate?

Here are some resources on compassion Carl shared.

Daniel Goleman – Why Aren’t We More Compassionate

Joan Halifax – Compassion and Healing

Kristin Neff – Self Compassion 1

Kristin Neff-Self Compassion 2 

James Forbes – Compassion at the dinner table

Bruce Anderson Blog on Compassion

Car Curtis is a retire entrepreneur who was initiated in MKP in 1996. He has led the Primary Integration Training for a number of years and was a group leader in the Boys to Men Program

WHAT TRUTHS CREATE OUR IDENTIFY January 12, 2019

Michael Butera Facilitated our Identify and how it impacts our beliefs. How do you know what you know is true? In what ways do we hang on to our truths to maintain our identity?Join Michael in a discussion of how we know what we know.  And why we hang on to our “truths” at all cost.

Michael Butera has been a practicing psychotherapist for the last 45 years.  Prior to this career he was a Catholic priest.  He is married to JoAnn, who is also a psychotherapist.  He is a father, grandfather and New Warrior.

LIFE SHOCKS AND HOW TO LOVE THEM October 13, 2018

Joe Hirsch had a lively discussion on the illusion of imperfection and the realization that the Universe is unfolding perfectly. This subject is based on the work Sophie Sabbage, author of Lifeshocks: And How To Love Them.  

Notes for Joe’s Talk

TRANSFORMATION PROCESS TO ACHIEVE JOY, ALIVENESS AND SATISFACTION September 8, 2018

Al Levi explored an internal process that will enhance satisfaction in your life. Most all of us are aware of what is needed externally for happiness; however, do we really know what is needed internally for satisfaction.

The ”WHO ARE YOU” process  is available for you  to expand true joy and love in your life.

Al has been in the personnel search business for over 40 years empowering candidates to receive 6 figure income. Al is a founding member of the Houston Mankind Project. He has led MKP elders locally and nationally.

REDUCE ANXIETY AND ACHIEVE PEACE WITH THE RAINBOW MEETING MEDITATION August 11, 2018

The Rainbow Meditation Process.  The rainbow meditation is a form of directed meditation. This method slowly leads you away from things which cause you any anxiety or stress and towards inner peace.

Walt Stewart is a founding member of Men’s Council of the Houston area and is a certified Leader for Mankind Project.

THE BREAKTHROUGH PROCESS-BRINGING ARCHETYPE  ENERGIES TO RESOLVE REAL WORLD CHALLENGES July 14, 2018

Ken Roseboom. Many of our problems have associated shame, blame and hidden agendas which result in ineffective or even no solutions. The Breakthrough Process reframes “The Problem”, separates the data from the “noise”, and provides the opportunity for renewed commitment and creative action. This process brings King, Warrior, Lover and Magician energy to solving real world challenges.

BEGINNERS MIND: A UNIQUE APPROACH TO ANY ACTIVITY- June 9, 2018

Beginners mind is an open mind approach that all things are possible while suspending previously held beliefs and perceptions. It means relinquishing the attachment to “I know” and the acceptance of “I don’t know”. The approach of “I don’t know” is the first step in learning to trust intuition and curiosity.

Join Luis Bautista for an educational and unique approach to life.

TAMING TRIGGERS AND ACHIEVING PEACE IN YOUR LIFE-May 12, 2018

How often are you triggered by: other drivers, spouses, children, colleagues at work. How often do you make yourself unhappy, angry, shamed by the external world?  Join Bruce Anderson in analyzing your triggers and learning to respond rather than react to the world around you and bring peace to your everyday life.

Bruce Anderson is an executive coach and joined in the MKP community in 1996. He mentors ex-felons through the Prison Entrepreneurial Program and boys through the Boys to Men program.

Triggering Situations-Your Inner Story

YES, THAT VOICE IN YOUR HEAD IS CRAZY-April 14, 2018

Joe Hirsch led a lively discussion on the illusion of self and the realization that that voice in your head is not really who you truly are. This subject is based on the work of Mickey Singer, author of the Untethered Soul.

Joe is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor and spiritual seeker who has been involved with the MKP community for over ten years.

Here is a recording of his talk.

Joe’s handout           Mens s Cafe – April 2018 handout

DISCOVERING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF- March 10, 2018

Jeff Davis conducted a process of answering a few simple questions to reveal where life may not be aligned or congruent with your authentic self.Many people move through life unconsciously following a script or set of beliefs that was written for them by others.

When our life is not congruent with who we are, negative results may show up in any area of life, such as our health, relationships, career, or spiritual. We may then doubt ourselves as we experience discontent or have a longing for more from our life. Or, move into the retirement years and feel unfulfilled without a daily schedule or having the identity or label for ourselves.

AS SONS AND FATHERS: HOW WE CAN ACCESS WISDOM, February 10, 2018
TRANSCEND CONFLICT AND FIND JOY

 Tom Oldham reviewed the subjects of the Fall Gathering. Those who did not attend will get to do some processes and get an overview of the weekend. Uncover whats it takes to deepen these relationship in our life.

Tom is a law professor at University of Houston and has been active in MKP for 20 years.

“DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU SNEEZE TO BLESS ME” January 13, 2018

Join Rick Goldberg as he explains the beauty and power of bringing blessings into your life and the life of others. After his talk, you’ll each join a triad to discuss breakthroughs & blocks in your life.

Rick is a Trial Psychologist, Jury Consultant, and a Co-Leader of NWTA weekends for the Mankind Project.  He has a BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a MA in   Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Bruce Anderson facilitated a discussion on October 14, 2017

WHAT IS YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE?

Maintaining relationships requires expressing love. How do you express love? How do you prefer a partner express love to you? Learn about the Five Love Languages and how you can deepen your connection to your partner.

Five Love Languages Handout

Wayne Herbert facilitated a discussion on August 12, 2017

DROWNING IN ESTROGEN-AGING AND SEXUALITY PART II

Join Wayne Herbert as we examine our attitudes, judgments, and values when it comes to women, from the time of our earliest recognition that women are different and somehow aroused/interested us, to our later life understanding of relationships between men and women.

As to his credentials, let just say that Wayne professes to understand women.

Wayne Herbert facilitated a discussion on July 8, 1917

ARE WE DROWNING IN ESTROGEN?

Join Wayne Herbert as we examine our attitudes, judgments, and values when it comes to women, from the time of our earliest recognition that women are different and somehow aroused/interested us, to our later life understanding of relationships between men and women.

As to his credentials, let just say that Wayne professes to understand women.

LIVING YOUR LIFE IN A CONSCIOUS STATE OF AWARENESS

Join Luis as he explains how he uses David Hawkins Map of Consciousness in his personal and professional life. Break-out groups will give you a hands-on experience for using the map effectively.

Luis Handout

Map of Consciousness PDF

Joe Hirsch  facilitated a discussion on May 13

Joe HirschPERSONAL CHANGE-A DANCE OF LIFE OR A PAINFUL ORDEAL?

  • Joe will discuss how  change can aid to enhance personal growth during transitions of life – starting a new job, marriage, divorce, aging.
  • Share your personal change experiences and learn from others.

Joe Hirsch handout. Click and printout.

Joe’s presentation Sound quality improves at 2:34

Dr. Bob Stecker facilitated on April 8, 2017

Bob SteckerENRICHING YOU LIFE THROUGH ELDERSHIP

  • What are the characteristics of being an Elder?
  • Who do you have to be?  What value do you bring?
  • Share your experiences with the elders in your life. Discuss your experience of being an elder.

Bruce Anderson facilitated on March 11, 2017

Bruce Anderson picENRICHING YOUR LIFE THROUGH MENTORING

What are the benefits of being a mentor? How do you to attract mentees? What are some of the principles and techniques of mentoring? What is not mentoring? Share your experiences in being a mentor and learn from others.

Al Levi facilitated on February 11, 2017

Al LeviTRANSFORMATION PRACTICES TO ACHIEVE JOY, ALIVENESS AND SATISFACTION

The program will be experiential with all participants taking turns as the coach and the client.

Ken Mann facilitated January 14, 2017

                                     LIGHTENING UP ABOUT LIFE”KEYS TO YOUR HUMOR GAME

Ken Mann

Ken  showed us how to enrich and encourage humor in our lives, as men and human beings by leading us in a lively discussion about our own humorous experiences and how to tailor what works for others into our ongoing lives, starting now.

Jerry England facilitated a discussion September 10th, 2016 on

                                 WHAT IS YOUR HERO’S JOURNEY

Jerry EnglandThe Hero’s Journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. Our discussion will help us relate this concept to our lives

Join Jerry for a vibrant discussion about getting clear on your life’s hero’s journey.

Luis Bautista facilitated a discussion on September 12th, 2016 on

                                  YOUR LIFE AS A CONTRIBUTION

Luis2We are a “living contribution” except we may not know it because of the ego’s desire for achievement and recognition.

A healthy dose of self-compassion and minimizing the “inner critic” are keys for accepting that our life may be the contribution for living our life’s purpose.

Luis Bautista  facilitated a discussion July 9,2016

                                  THE 6 SECOND MINDFULNESS APPROACH

Luis2The 6 Second Mindfulness Approach helps people put down that mental baggage and approach each new situation with a present, focused mind.

Learn the 3 steps to be more fully present and vibrant in your personal or professional relationships. This is a “hands on” interactive presentation for participants to experience the latest tools from Google’s training program called Search Inside Yourself”.

Here is audio of Luis’s presentation

Joe Hirsch facilitated a discussion June 9, 2016

Joe HirschThe Journey to Vibrant Wholeness

What is this life Journey about? What is the meaning of life? The first half of life is your biography authored by external authorities. The second half of life is your autobiography as you create meaning by moving from external authority to your internal authority.

Joe Hirsch, after a 25-year career in oil exploration software, received a Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Joe has a life-long avocation of consciousness exploration.

Hear Joe’s Presentation
Here is Joe’s Handout

Micheal Butera facilitated a discussion on May 14, 2016

MIchael ButeraWHAT IS WRONG? I NEVER GET ENOUGH

Most humans do not know the real satisfaction barrier that keeps then unhappy and they therfore continue to resort to behaviors that don’t work. I plan to address this basic satisfaction barrier that few people know about.

Michael Butera has been a practicing psychotherapist for the last 45 years.  Prior to this career he was a Catholic priest.  He will soon celebrate his golden anniversary with his wife, JoAnn, who is also a psychotherapist.  He is a father, grandfather and New Warrior.

Hear Michael’s Presentation

Steve Scholl  facilitated a discussion on Saturday April 9, 2016

DeepeScholln  DEEPEN THE INNER EXPERIENCE OF YOUR FEELING AND TRANSFORM
When it comes to feelings, what hides in the layers beneath our anger and judgment?  How can we truly take responsibility for our feelings?  Can the negative charge open the door to connection, empathy, intimacy and healing?

Steve Scholl, a lawyer and professional mediator uses Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in his practice and facilities a NVC group in Houston.

Hear Steve’s presentation.

Here is Steve’s Handout.

Saturday Morning Men’s Cafe March 12, 2016

Bruce Anderson picYOUR NEXT STEP TO HAPPiNESS
Discover the Six Basic Human Needs  and How to Get Them Met.
All of us have ups and downs that affects our happiness. Getting clear about those things that truly excite us leads to taking meaningful action and becoming happier. Bruce is an executive coach and joined in the MKP community in 1996.

Listen to Bruce’s Presentation      

Six Basic Human Needs Handout

Saturday Morning Men’s Cafe January 19, 2016

Luis2Luis Bautista  facilitated a discussion on

CHARACTERISTICS OF A CONSCIOUS MAN

Listen to Luis’s presentation