I relate well to women and am open to different kinds of relationships. The best is a polyamorous relationship in which intimacy is enhanced by trust and integrity. I also have female buddies, 'just friends', but good friends with whom we can be ourselves without having to wear masks. Yes, I also have male friends, mostly fellow musicians.
I play saxophone, clarinet, and percussion, mostly in kirtan/bhajan gatherings and also such genres as Gypsy, Cajun, and Middle Eastern maqam music. I maintain a daily hatha yoga practice, and I love to dance, so I have become an aficionado of ecstatic dance and Zumba, but even better is to cut loose on the dancefloor to live Funk, 80s or 90s music.
I have spent a significant part of my life residing in other countries. In my twenties, I lived with a Sufi teacher in Syria and published a series of ten books of his teachings. More recently, I have edited books for Mooji (Vaster than Sky, Greater than Space) and the Brazilian teacher Prem Baba (From Suffering to Joy: The Path of the Heart), and written a memoir about my sojourn in the Middle East. Recently I have been more drawn to the idea that if one were to create real functional community, that community would be the guru.
I have been practicing Taoist chakra energy channeling for many years.
I have been married for twenty years to a gorgeous blond goddess with a heart of gold, and we have an incredible 16-year-old son. About ten years ago, we decided to let our marriage metamorphize from a caterpillar into a butterfly by opening our horizons to new erotic and emotional experiences with people who understand that we are dedicated to each other but open to new love in our lives. By and large, it has been a very positive experience, as we are emotionally open and mature people and not inclined towards drama, but rather open communication and empathy. We have been attending New Culture camps, which are retreats based on a totally new paradigm of relating pioneered by the ZEGG and Tamera communities in Europe.
So, if you are even curious, don't let my being married stop you. If you like me, you'll like her, and if you like her, she'll like you.
Being a good friend and a sympathetic listener
Being a loving dad
Translation and interpretation
accompanying guitarist/singers with my instruments in a harmonious way
vegetarian cooking (curry, anyone?)
perceiving what my companion is feeling
Eye contact and (usually) a big smile.
Mooji, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Das, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Osho.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Classic cinema: eg. Marx Brothers
Folk, rock, bhajans
Indian and Middle Eastern food
"The Thing": love in my heart
How we can heal the planet.
my own thought processes and emotions - stepping back to observe and understand.
How wonderful it is that, at least a few minutes at a time, I can stop the incessant chatter of the mind through meditation, and how nice it would be to get better at it.
How I can see God in everyone and become less judgmental.
How we can help the Arabs and Israelis make peace.