Men who are awakened to the Mind, Body, Spirit connections of life choose to be balanced, healthy, and still maintain their masculinity. I love these guys! And, sometimes in this society this is a challenging balancing act.
• How does a man acknowledge his feelings, so as to best manage his energy, when society tells him not to cry?
• How does a masculine man learn to show his feminine side and stay balanced?
• How does a sensitive man who has probably taken on emotional pain during his earlier life go to war without bringing back deep trauma to his psyche?
• What holistic health modalities are beneficial to men?… and, how can a “traditional man” save face while using them?
Body Balance and Energy Awareness
Every human feels emotions. Every human contains both masculine / Yang / pushing and sending energy as well as feminine / Yin / receiving energies. In every life, male or female, balance must be maintained for health and well-being.
The physical body contains many coordinated systems that seem to run automatically as long as the body is in balance chemically and structurally. The energy system also has intricate, balanced systems that usually run smoothly, except when they are blocked or pushed out of balance by emotional or chemical trauma or stress.
Without losing his masculinity, a man can and should seek this balance of body, mind, and spirit. In other cultures warriors have been entrusted with the knowledge and practices to balance their energy and to act in noble yet very strong and masculine ways. We see examples of martial artists, shamans, and other male and female healers gaining more respect in our Western culture today because of what they know and can share with a society begging for information and support.
In times of sadness or trauma, anyone who stuffs and doesn’t show his or her emotions will end up suffering physically in the future. It is more common to see men showing emotions than it used to be, however even women in high profile positions tend to keep their feelings guarded. When this is the case it is imperative that these individuals seek an emotional outlet for support.
Emotional Energy Management and Balance
Emotional energy management does not equate with stifling feelings. Instead, it incorporates various healing modalities that allow for a rapid and pain-free dissolving of present anguish or stuck past emotions, and allows the person to regain peace of mind on an energetic emotional level which supports over-all balance.
After decades of trauma, currently Vietnam veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) are finally finding peace from their inner demons by utilizing various Energy Psychology modalities such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), Touch for Health, (TFH), Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), among others. In just a few sessions these vets are free of debilitating panic attacks, insomnia, flashbacks and nightmares, random acts of violence, among other painful symptoms. They are able to finally recall their traumas without feeling pain, guilt, anguish, and they learn easy-to-use techniques that they can utilize on themselves for day-to-day stress.
It is important in managing one’s emotional energy, that techniques and processes are used daily without creating a dependency on a practitioner, and in the case of men, without losing one’s masculinity. Such practices as meditation, visioning, journaling, utilizing affirmations, meridian tapping, are just a few suggestions of exercises that have proven beneficial and easy to incorporate into daily regimes – for men and women.
Chemical balance is another major factor that must be considered when dealing with emotional energy. When toxins are present in a body, then one’s moods as well as physical health can be at risk. It is almost impossible to implement self-help practices when one is being pulled down into depression, pain, fuzzy thinking, or other results of bad diet, lack of nutritional support, allergic reaction, or toxic environment. There are many tests that will help to identify if chemistry is the cause of imbalance, and the best people to implement these are Naturopathic Physicians, Certified Nutritionists, Acupuncturists, or Chiropractors.
Humans are whole systems working in tandem, and unless one views health and wellness in a “wholistic” way, imbalance may occur and cause undue stress, suffering, and eventually physical dis-ease. When the alternative can be so easy, even the most masculine man will show his power by becoming more aware of and maintaining balance in his life on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.