Archive for the ‘Joy’ Category

I am eternally grateful for the men who move through my life.


I am dedicated to creating safety, acceptance and a resounding welcome for diversity.
I am fervent about bringing compassion, grace and benevolence to the world.
I am always curious and I am forever treading into new territory.

I am happy when men will ask another question, seek more information, hang out long enough to create balance and harmony.

I my heart breaks and I am sad when men flee, run away or retreat from a journey into understanding, information and knowledge. This turning away saddens me not because of what I lose. This turning away saddens me at the forfeit of any potential that there is for the movement of more loving, kind and compassionate male energy into the universe.

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Wondering today about heroes and I looked to Eartha Kitt.

Listening to Eartha Kitt I was struck by an act of generosity bestowed upon me by a man who I admire. This man has lived a life that I can not imagine. There was something that brought me to the life of Eartha Kitt. Reading about her life I realized why she was such an icon to Gay Men in the 60’s and 70’s. She was such a rebel and came from such a strange and tormented beginning.

There are so many elements that I can identify with as read the life and history of this beautiful and passionate woman and I mused and was inspired by the generosity of the man who took me to dinner last night.

Heroes - Acceptance - Rebellion -♥- Awaken Studio Toronto

Heroes – Acceptance – Rebellion -♥- Awaken Studio Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in 1927 in a rural and poverty laden environment Kitt must have wondered what it was like to fit in and as well know the absolute and horrid bluntness of being rejected.

 

The particular element that stood out and had me in tears over my coffee was this quote:

“In a 1992 interview with Dr. Anthony Clare,  Kitt spoke about her gay following, saying:

We’re all rejected people, we know what it is to be refused, we know what it is to be oppressed, depressed, and then, accused, and I am very much cognizant of that feeling. Nothing in the world is more painful than rejection. I am a rejected, oppressed person, and so I understand them, as best as I can, even though I am a heterosexual.”

The part of this quote that rang out to me was of course the opening and my total identification with rejection. I do know what it is like to be refused. I also can identify as the man who took me to dinner last night was a man who had been “accused”, accused of a sexuality that was at that time rejected. I could identify and be very empathic as there have been certainly points in my life where I was “accused: for being gay, a homosexual. The part where I identify more though is is the deep and resounding rejection I often feel from the “culture” establishment that surrounds me and the corporate culture that I totally believe robs each individual of their humanity.

All the more reason to simply be me. All the more reason to take a stand and hold forth for what I believe is the calling of humanity.

TOUJOUR GAI From the Broadway Show “Shinbone Alley” (1957) (Joe Darion / George Kleinsinger) Eartha Kitt (Broadway Production) – 1957 Tammy Grimes (TV Production) – 1960 Carol Channing (Animated Film Production) – 1971

TOUJOUR GAI From the Broadway Show "Shinbone Alley" (1957) (Joe Darion / George Kleinsinger) Eartha Kitt (Broadway Production) - 1957 Tammy Grimes (TV Production) - 1960 Carol Channing (Animated Film Production) - 1971 
My youth I shall never forget 
But there's nothing I really regret 
The years I have poured down the drain 
Have sparkled like gold in champagne 

It's cheerio my dearrio 
Prance and pirouette 
It's cheerio my dearrio 
There's a life in me yet 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
I sing all my troubles away 

I don't care to cry with a king 
But with any old beggar I'll sing 
I'll dance in the sun or the shade 
To any old tune that is played 
I'll sing 'neath a bleary-eyed moon 
A rowdy and rollicking tune 
But no time for sleeping have I 
I'll sleep long enough when I die 

It's cheerio my dearrio 
Prance and pirouette 
It's cheerio my dearrio 
There's a life in me yet 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
I'll sing away my troubles 
They'll vanish like bubbles 
I'll sing all my troubles away 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
(Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai) 

(Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - April 2005)

Tantra Explorers

a Path to Spirit for Men

at the Awaken Studio 

Explore the Principles and Power of Tantra

Tantra for Gay Men- “a rigourous practice that harnesses sexual energy as fuel for spiritual development and personal growth”

Awaken Studio 2015/2016 Season The POWER of LIFE Force energy

Awaken Studio 2015/2016 Season The POWER of LIFE Force energy

Awaken Studio 2015/2016 Season The POWER of LIFE Force energy

Awaken Studio 2015/2016 Season The POWER of LIFE Force energy

All men are welcome to join in this class. We will explore through an embodied experiential process, participating in exercises that seek the educational information that can be a tool to create new behaviours and change unwanted habits.

Create your own guide to the mysterious and sensual art of Tantra for Gay Men.

Classes take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. The 2015 through 2016 schedule is: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13,  February 10, March 9, April 13, May 18, June 8 and July 13.

Some of the principles that will be explored in a variety of exercises:

1-
Exploring Everything as an Experiment
2-
Balancing Interior experience with External projection
3-
Balancing Expansive Energy and Contractive Energy
4-
Balancing Masculine and Feminine energies
5-
Balancing the JOY of giving and receiving
6-
Exploring the HEALING Power of Pleasure

Registration is available online at http://www.phillipcoupal.ca  or email Phillip at phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

If you have Questions or Curiousity please contact Phillip by email or phone. 

http://www.phillipcoupal.ca/Tantra-Explorers-Awaken-Studio-Toronto

Tantra for Gay Men at the Awaken Studio www.phillipcoupal.ca

Tantra for Gay Men at the Awaken Studio http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Starting a morning practice of LOVE.

-♥-

This morning as I woke up and got ready for the day I noticed that something was a little off. I was in a hurry, I was anxious, I was distracted.

I realized that over the past while I had dropped a practice. I had stopped doing something that I had very much enjoyed doing.

I began again. I simply looked closer at the day and with each thought of the day looked to how I could bring more LOVE to that part of my day.

How could I BE more LOVE?

How could I bring more LOVE?

How could I deliver more LOVE?

How could I create more LOVE?

When I got to the idea that I am simply a creature of LOVE I was able to relax, slow down, and concentrate more.

Looking forward to bringing back my morning practice of looking at LOVE.

-♥-

When you arise
in the morning,
think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive
to breathe, to think,
to enjoy, to love.
~Marcus Aurelius

Bringing more LOVE to the world www.phillipcoupal.ca

Bringing more LOVE to the world http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Love

1.

a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2.

a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3.

sexual passion or desire.
4.

a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5.

used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like: Would you like to see a movie, love?

Hope

1.

the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
2.

a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.
3.

grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery.
4.

a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.
5.

something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.

 

Life

1.

the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolismreproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
2.

the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction,and adaptation to environment.
3.

the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual: to risk one’s life; a short life and amerry one.
4.

a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul:eternal life.
5.

the general or universal condition of human existence: Too bad, but life is like that.

 

Wish

1.

to want; desire; long for : I wish to travel. I wish that itwere morning.
2.

to desire, a person or thing, t): to wish the problem settled.
3.

to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for: to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
4.

to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking: to wish someone a good morning.
5.

to request or charge: I wish him to come.
The great JOY of living needs Hope and LOVE and Wishing

SLUT

A person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the RADICAL proposition that SEX is NICE and PLEASURE is GOOD for you
~ Dossie Easton

 

SEX is NICE and PLEASURE is GOOD for YOU at Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

SEX is NICE and PLEASURE is GOOD for YOU at Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Sparkle Plenty

Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression

Radiance OUTSIDE and Sparkling Fire INSIDE

Let your light shine Join the Queer Heart Talking Circle Second Sunday of the Month 1:00 pm

QUEER HEART TALKING CIRCLE at the Awaken Studio

Information – Questions – Curiousity phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Sparkle - Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression www.awakenstudiotoronto.com

Sparkle – Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression http://www.awakenstudiotoronto.com

Something happens when a group of men get together and touch one another. This creates, for me, an opening to the Magic.

When men get together and touch one another and dwell, if only for a few minutes, in their pleasure and desire, magic can happen. It seems as if for a micro-secod the universe opens up.

This something is like magik to me. I feel so blessed and blissed to be a part able to offer and manifest these groups where men come together and get real. The get in the now of their body and they let themselves feel the power and connection that is within themselves to be a part of their desire.

Something happens when a group of men get together and true to tehemselves and real with others.

This is something like magik to me. I leave these groups with a sense of reassurance and feel so very grounded in my love of humanity. Each time I leave one of these events I feel like living my life more fully and more joyfully. It helps that I just completed a group, cleaned up the studio and made my way home. I am left with a sense of openness and delight. LOVE

The next event is on January 26th at the Awaken Studio. Men 4 Men Sensual Touch with Tantric Exploration

Men Touching Men – Intimate Exploration with full body touch.

Join in Groups of men touching men. Gather in a safe, honouring and uplifting environment.

Celebrate your Erotic and Sensual Self.

January to May 2014 Join in with a group of explorers creating intimacy, feelings of connectedness and well being.

Erotic Touch with Taoist Massage on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20

Sensual Touch with Tantric Exploration on the 4th Sunday of the month.

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

More about these events on the website at: Men 4 Men – Afternoon Touch Exchange

Intimate Erotic Touch Exchange for Men - Toronto

Intimate Erotic Touch Exchange for Men – Toronto

Information – Questions – Registration contact Phillip at phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Not up for touch and want to explore your queer sides…
Join the Queer Heart Talking Circle meeting at the Awaken Studio every second Sunday of each month.

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
Queer Heart Talking Circle - Awaken Studio - Toronto MORE? phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Queer Heart Talking Circle – Awaken Studio – Toronto MORE? phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Not up for touch or talk and want to be in the presence of men

Join in Naked Yoga for Men meeting 8:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Awaken Studio

  • Tuesday Evening Check for availability
  • Thursday Evening Check for availability
Naked Yoga for Men at the Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca Men Touching Men

Naked Yoga for Men at the Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca Men Touching Men

Namaste – Blessed BE

Awaken Studio programs and events for men who love men www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio programs and events for men who love men http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual Tension among Men

I just read an invitation to a Naked Yoga event. Part of the invitation was that I would be able to gather in a rare space, a space that let men be together, be naked and be in a space where there would be NO Sexual Tension.

This made me laugh!

When men gather together there will always be some form of sexual tension, cloths on or cloths off. Add into the equation that many of the men are likely Gay, Bi or Queer and this adds into the mix of thoughts, chemicals and posturing that will increase the Sexual Tension. 

What would happen to Sexual Tension, if like that little fish that you catch, you know the one that is so small you can not keep it, you could learn to release Sexual Tension or let Sexual Tension go, rather than deny or think that Sexual Tension simply does not exist. Don’t get me wrong I am not talking about some form of Happy Ending. I am speaking to the fact that as human beings it serves our humanity well when we can be more humane and more humanistic with ourselves.

I pride myself in creating a space where that Sexual Tension can be addressed in a safe, honouring and uplifting manner. To say that there will be no Sexual Tension when men gather together, lacks an awareness of human nature. It is funny how we humans deny how much like dogs and other animals we are. I am happy to know, fully in my being, that the services I provide, the events that I create and the space that I manifest at the Awaken Studio can provide men a forum and a laboratory to experience, work with and play with the Sexual Tension that is in each of us. This laboratory allows for the safe expression of this Sexual Tension rather that the suppression and denial of what exists within the human condition.

Treat yourself to some new awareness and experience the pleasure of being able to be HUMAN – MALE and NAKED! Welcome yourself into a space where you can be empowered by your sexuality and your gender. WELCOME and HONOUR your masculinity, be aware and capable of your desire.

Come on OUT to the next Naked Event for Men at the Awaken Studio – Toronto

Awaken Studio - Naked Events for Men - www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio – Naked Events for Men – http://www.phillipcoupal.ca