What's The Big Idea: Connor Beaton - Facing our Darkness is a Path to Purpose, Freedom, and Peace

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“We need to be able to learn to sit with our darkness and train it. When we don’t it runs our life, in one way or another. When we learn how to do that we can also sit with the darkness of the world, because their is a lot of it out there.”


Today’s guest: Connor Beaton, Founder of Mantalks.com

His big idea: Facing our darkness as a path to purpose, freedom, and peace.

Connor Beaton is the founder of ManTalks, an international organization focused on mens health, wellness, success and fulfillment. Connor is also an international speaker, podcast host and works 1-1 with men who are looking to deepen their purpose, radically improve their intimate relationships, and regain confidence.

Since founding ManTalks, Connor has spoken on stage at TEDx, with Lewis Howes, Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle LaPorte, taken ManTalks to over a dozen cities internationally and has been featured on platforms like Forbes, Huffington Post, HeForShe, The Good Men Project, UN Women, CBC and the National Post.

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Key insights Shared:

  • The shadow of men & what creates it

  • Disconnecting from the emotion that is attached to our shadow and how it seeps into our lives in undesired ways

  • The one rule of men: Don’t talk about it

  • What doing “the work” is all about and why we often don’t do the internal work necessary to help ourselves

  • Why we need to be able to learn to sit with our darkness

  • What is spiritual bypassing ?

  • Providing a place for the expressions of emotions that people often think are harmful for society

  • We have to experience what something is like in order to know what to do with it - including emotions like anger and sadness

  • The importance of discipline, and standing up to yourself

  • The wisdom and strength of the father within us

  • The importance of opening ourselves up to apprenticeship and mentorship

  • Why men struggle to find purpose today and struggle to compete with women


to Learn more about Connor Beaton and his work:

Website: http://connorbeaton.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManTalks.ca/

Twitter: @connorbeaton

Instagram: @Mantalks