Men are so tied to their “masculine” identities that in an effort to maintain some societal image of what it means to be a man they will risk their health, their life.
I also need to be open and honest when I listen.
Shame can isolate and manipulate those possessed with it from engaging with others.
New adult friendships are possible and so sweet!
I don’t think meditation in and of itself is a magic cure-all.
How many times could you have said, “Sorry I planned on doing this”.
Men traditionally are very reticent to share, discuss or be open with their struggles. Most of us have a lifetime of society teaching us that being a man means being “tough” and stoic and that we’re supposed to handle everything on our own.
A friendship should be alive, dynamic, energizing. Thus, we need to be intentional about fostering these connections.
My head is spinning from all this awareness!!
Despite all the societal gender bantering, my perspective is that our social systems and constructs are still all about instilling traditional gender norms and most of us fall in line with that.
“I see you, and I know you’re trying to help. How can I help you?”
Given the state of our society, anything that doesn’t involve harming other humans and can help with confidence and contentment is probably good.
He maintains good relation with people, avoids conflict and does not want to be a moment’s trouble. And that is the problem.
Aren’t the best things in life free??
The traditional macho image can lead men to feel pressured to conform to unhealthy (for everyone including himself!) gender expectations.
I can avoid the Top Five Regrets of the Dying by adopting the Five Suggestions for Living Fully.