In this interview with Reuvain Bacal, a facilitator of men’s groups and transformational coach who helps highly motivated men and couples in Boulder, we explore what it means to live from who we truly are. Reuvain runs men’s groups and helps people become more aware of how they are showing up and what habitual patterns may be holding them back. He also facilitates the practice of letting go these conditioned behaviors and embracing the authentic self. I've worked with him personally and I believe this is an inspiring conversation full of rich moments that can help all of us on the path of life.
Some of the topics we cover include how men’s groups teach about:
The role of Anger in relationship and healthy ways of relating to it - how anger can serve as a teacher and opportunity for growth and learning.
How challenges show us where we're stuck.
The importance of taking responsibility and ownership for our experience.
Why it's important to get comfortable with discomfort.
Why intimacy is sometimes scary and uncomfortable for people.
What some of the unique challenges around intimacy and authenticity are for men (hint: it has to do with fear).
We discuss the process that leads us to living in ways that are not in alignment with who we really are (hint: it has to do with childhood).
We explore a paradigm from Chinese medicine that is useful in understanding the dynamics of authentic self and conditioned behaviors.
We also explore why Reuvain chooses to work primarily in groups as opposed to one-on-one.
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