16 May 2020, 13:40

welcome to May
"Living a life takes longer than reading a biography."
- Rob Nugen

Welcome to May!

My timeline of workshops has certainly accelerated with the new schedule offered by the Covid Powered Pause. My goal was to lead 24 36 workshops in 2020, easily achievable at 3 per month:

  • First Saturdays: barefoot walkshop
  • Third Saturdays: Your Art Matters (co-lead with Shinobu)
  • ???? : eye gazing or past life memories

Now, as of May, nine+ per month!

I used the quote at the top to remind myself: even as things seem to be accelerated, day to day things seem to be slow, and “normal”. I still eat too much, waste time mindlessly online, haven’t been walking each day, don’t meditate or even study Japanese each day. And that’s okay.

I am distracted by N+1 things even as I write this newsletter, which (in early April) I hoped to write by May 5th so I could include the pun “Go Go!”

On April 30th, I enjoyed having a chance to safely release some anger in my men’s circle. In the process, I dented my wooden desk.

Afterward, I wrote in ink around the dent, “My body and I fucking matter!” and “GO OUTSIDE!!” to act as both an affirmation and a reminder to take care of myself. I need not be cooped up in my room all the time.

And so, to the point, if I can find my way forward, I think you can too. Just keep being as mindful as you can, as courageous as you like, and take care of yourself first before others.

Love and Light - Rob

ps: I am pretty sure this newsletter is way shorter than the previous ones and I am having some anxiety about that but I’m gonna send it anyway.

11 May 2020, 21:42

Bold Life Brotherhood: Purpose - bringing bliss into life

Great circle tonight with 8 men in attendance (including myself). We created stretches toward bringing blissful purpose into our lives.


Write down all the things that light you up.

  • What is your #1 thing that lights you up?
  • What bold action can you take to bring more of this into your life?

Reply via contact and I may add it below!

To the Bold Life!

11 May 2020, 00:23

Bold Life Brotherhood





Bold Life Brotherhood

  • Monday nights, 7pm Japan time (UTC+9).
  • For men ready for more in life
  • Subscribe below to book your place

This support group will help you to:

  • Focus on taking bold action in the world.
  • Surround yourself with a supportive community who keep you focused and accountable.
  • Live life at choice.
  • Be the hero of your own life
  • Be the leader of your loving community.

What is Bold Life Mastery?

Adam Gilad’s Bold Life Brotherhood year-long course can be repeated indefinitely as we take daily bold action towards improving our lives.

bold life brotherhood wheel

Every month will focus on a different core virtue. (See Upcoming Schedule below)

The Jungian Archetypes

Bold Life Brotherhood draws on the energies found in the male Jungian archetypes. These are sensible and practical. They are universally shared ideas, symbols, and energies. When you make an important decision, you exercise careful thought and wisdom (King energy). When protecting your family from harm, your energy would be sharp, focused, and fierce (Warrior energy). It’s that simple. The key is knowing which kind of energy to bring to which situation.

Costs (for four meetings each month)

You are welcome to check out your first meeting free. Simply register to access the meeting.

  • ¥10,000: four sessions per month

Unsubscribe anytime.

Upcoming Schedule

We meet 7pm - ~8:30pm JST, every Monday except 5th Mondays of a month.

June focuses on Rigor

  • Monday 1 June 2020
  • Monday 8 June 2020
  • Monday 15 June 2020
  • Monday 22 June 2020

(no meeting Monday 29 June 2020)

July focuses on Conquest

  • Monday 6 July 2020
  • Monday 13 July 2020
  • Monday 20 July 2020
  • Monday 27 July 2020


Questions are welcome at rob (AT)robnugen.com or via the contact form.

09 May 2020, 22:23

federally approved personal protective equipment (PPE) available in bulk

Do you know any hospitals, governments, prison systems, companies, or organizations, (especially LGBT) that need millions of federally approved PPE (personal protective equipment)?

I understand there’s a shortage in PPE and other medical devices right now.

My dear friend Christine has refurbished her factories to manufacture all PPE, including facemasks (N95, Exportable KN95, 3 ply), gloves, coveralls and more.

They have a 30 year history with the factories and have got them switched over to PPE production since COVID shut everything down.

They started with only donating to prisons after they saw an article about how prison inmates were passing away while their families were not allowed to hold proper funerals for them. Their website still only talks about donations to incarcerated people, but they are updating their website now that more funds have come in, to include hospitals, schools, and other organizations on their donations lists.

They are an FDA registered distributor of medical devices, and also offer their own brand products.

They have secured all the necessary requirements to ship them around the world, US being top choice.

Check out their website here: https://bishopandbishop.net/

You can email my friend the owner, Christine directly at christine@ the same domain bishopandbishop.net.

Or call the company at 1 888 548-2238

04 May 2020, 20:49

Welcome to the Month of Purpose - Bold Life Brotherhood

So proud to be part of five men embarking on this bold journey into Purpose.

I tapped in to an old dream I have had on the back burner for two years, to walk barefoot to 新潟, way on the other side of this island, 68 hours away by foot!

After inner reflection to find our current Purpose in life, we looked at the inner and outer challenges and then all set stretch goals to do in the next week.

Great depth tonight. Thank you men!

25 Apr 2020, 20:55


(under construction gif)

There are some moments in life that are so hard to (live in) and
navigate. Recently I have been through a fair share of those moments.

The stress and confusion that those moments cause me stops / has been
stopping me from taking action and from any attempts of problem
solving. It may sound like a cliche, but the reality is that it makes
me stuck.

Rob's patience and attentive listening creates a safe space for me
to open up and helped me to gain insight into the "tangled mess"
of my feelings.

Patiently guiding me through, peeling layer by layer, Rob helped me to
focus on myself and my feelings, and to create more clarity about how
the life stresses had affected me.

Rob created a safe and open space where I could talk through some
overwhelming feelings, which are difficult to talk about, or even to
think about, in a daily life.

I would recommend Rob to anyone who is willing to open up about their
struggles, and who is open to receive gentle support to untangle
emotional messes that are caused by living this thing called LIFE.

Create your own safe space to grow.

11 Apr 2020, 04:53

getting myself out there

Originally published https://tinyletter.com/barefootrob/letters/getting-myself-out-there

"Done is better than perfect."
- Mark Wild

Japan has finally begun to take this COVID thing seriously. There has been some physical distancing as people move social connection online. I have used my newfound time to offer more workshops than I originally planned at the beginning of the year. I have not added all of them on Meetup, but most of my events are nestled in my friend Oren’s Quarantine Activity Guide.

In my most recent newsletter, I wrote the following:

A huge part of this business is "getting myself out there" which I
hate with a passion.  I just want to stay holed up ... not facing
anyone who might say "no" in any sort of way.

Maybe this counts as my big "thing to learn" this year.

To help me “get myself out there,” I have hired Freya after doing a first session with her in March. Since then I have struggled, having great resistance to doing the simple steps she has outlined, steps which I have heard many times on how to get a business started. (I’ve been at this for a while!)

I finally finished the first step yesterday morning, and then agonized over the next step. Ask people for help.

So following the wisdom of my dear friend Mark Wild, “done is better than perfect,” I have woken up in the middle of the night, realizing I can start by sending the following to you, my favorite peeps.

drumroll Now presenting….

my first Market Research Survey questions, designed to help me understand how to best support my clients!

  1. How would you describe your current work situation?
  2. How is the atmosphere or energy at your workplace?
  3. How satisfied are you with your current job?
  4. What is your favorite aspect of your current job?
  5. If you could change anything in your workplace or job situation, what would it be?
  6. What comes up for you when you think about making this change?
  7. How might your life be different if you could make this change?
  8. What keeps you from making this change?
  9. If you could get any help making this change, what would it be?

(Edit to add: I have hired a business coach as an accountability buddy and one of the first tasks is to create a Market Research Survey and send to people who I think are in my niche of potential clients.

I will keep the raw data to myself, and I hope to use the answers in aggregate to help plan my business promotion.  I personally will search the answers for recurring themes and refer to those themes (that I can address) in ad copy for my business.

For example, if most people use the word boonfarkle in their description, I may use that word in my ad copy.  ”Are you working in a boonfarkle?”   But I won’t say or share “N% of people are working in a boonfarkle” (for any value of N).

end edit)

Tada! If you send me your answers to the above questions, I will happily offer a one hour session to help you find your inner strength to make this change in your life!

As we are in a midst of pandemic-powered global change, let’s bring your authentic self to the world! Register for a discovery session on Calendly. https://calendly.com/robnugen

 love and light
 - Rob!

10 Apr 2020, 14:01

Connection workshop on Friday morning

I enjoyed leading the first Connection Circle on a Friday morning, as part of Oren’s Quarantine Activity Guide for April 2020. This was the fourth or so time I have led the workshop, and great to see all new people in attendance.

The list below was my agenda, with the numbers being minutes on each bit. 2 hours worked out quite well!

  • 2 Ground rules
  • 5 Grounding
  • 15 Check in (name location feeling)
  • 3 Time + mindfulness = joy
  • 20 Three rounds of gratitude
  • 15 How have you spent your time recently?
  • 5 break (get writing utensils)
  • 25 Healing the past visualization (while connected to the present)
  • 15 If anything, what might you want to change about how you spend your time?
  • 10 (optional) What new opportunities have you noticed?
  • 10 Set SMART Stretch for self

Next circle will be 9:30am - 11:30am Tokyo time Friday April 17th. Enjoy deep connection with like minded people in the safe setting of your own home! must RSVP to join!

30 Mar 2020, 17:30

Great connection circle on Zoom

So far today 2 people have let me know they will attend the connection circle I plan to lead tonight. Neither of them have attended before; I look forward to a great meeting!


It was a great meeting! Six people total, including myself. Here’s what we did.

Join our upcoming events via Tokyo Sōl on Meetup!

28 Mar 2020, 20:51

Simple online workshop for support during lockdown

Japan has finally started its lockdown related to COVID-19. Let’s use this opportunity to connect with each other in a meaningful way.

First, connect with your family and those who you live with. Have those conversations you’ve been meaning to have. Express your love and appreciation.

If there’s no love or appreciation, or no one with you, use the internet for connection. Here is a simple outline of an online workshop that worked well via Zoom. We did it with about 6 people each time. Zoom breakout rooms with 2 or 3 people per room gave time for deeper connection.

  • grounding (e.g. Simple grounding, breathing energy up from earth)
  • ground rules (e.g. the agreements we use for MKP Japan)
  • check-in (how are you feeling now?)
  • round and round and round with gratitude: “What are you grateful for?”
  • (in breakout rooms) what is best case, bad case, worst case scenario for you personally, + what will you do if worst case happens?
  • round and round and round answering the question Who else are you? As things change, who else are you? what other talents do you have to offer?
  • check out (how are you feeling now?)

Join me on Meetup for more workshops like this.