The #GayElderCircle got “naked” as a Naga Sadhu recently at a event limited to certain members. By naked we mean emotionally naked. The event referred to as “A Day Apart” setup an environment for deeper sharing between attendees. The event asked the question of why members of the Gay Elder Circle remain members.
The most prominent reason was two-fold.
First – fellowship of our fellow Gay Man. A place where Gay Men can discuss topics freely and honestly. There is no shame in an experience, no sharp banter, or quick wit. There is understanding of where an individual is on His journey in life.
Secondly – camaraderie. The Gay Elder Circle is a place that is removed from the Internet and Social Media. Where Men can interact in a real person atmosphere.
The Gay Elder Circle offers time for self-reflection, and feedback on our personal concerns. Our media touch points are degrading human sensitivity, and human interpersonal relationships. We feel, but just for a moment, as Media has placed unrealistic expectations on people’s bodies, and people do not feel attractive anymore. Media and its unrealistic influence on sexuality, personal relationships, and long-term relationships is damaging to each and every one of us. We get into a position where we can’t deal with delayed gratification. This delayed gratification impacts the way in which we deal with our physical and emotional environment, and deal with the things we want in life. It effects our ability to deal with those we want to have personal relationships with, and those we want to be intimate with.
The attendees took the time to become emotionally, and intellectually intimate. This is what sets the Gay Elder Circle apart from similar groups. Our conversations are organic in nature, and are very rarely pre-determined. The Gay Elder Circle is a celebration of being a Gay Male Adult, on our journey to becoming a Gay Elder, in an affirming environment.