tenderness

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There was a warm fire in the stove, some candles in the center of the yurt and we sat on cushions in a circle. It was blustery and raining outside. It was a sharing circle with talking-stick and each of the eight men present shared what was on their hearts at the moment. Most spoke of their difficulties with their partners or with women they wanted to connect with. It was heart-wrenching for me to hear the deep yearning that each of these men expressed to have simple relationships with someone of the opposite sex and to hear of all the complexities that arose for them in these relationships. There was not much I could say beyond encouraging each of us to find the simplicity in ourselves first. The base-line of this evening was that each of us is asking for tenderness and peace. May we remain tender and vulnerable and may we offer tenderness and deep understanding, deep listening to all others in our life.

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