It's 2018, which means it's time for men to have an open, honest chat about what it means to "be a man." In the past hundred or so years, being a man has had an unspoken set of rules about how to act, talk, and behave. Be tough, don’t cry, stand tall, and never back down.
To be clear, this isn't a blanket statement for all men. It's an acknowledgment of societal norms, past and present—but this doesn't need to be how we operate moving forward. The world has moved on, and culture and consciousness has evolved, so it’s time for more men to step into the currency of life and redefine what it means to be a man.
Right now, we are in the zeitgeist of a culture that's all about living mindfully—so there is a need for everyone, men and women alike, to continue to step in, tune in, and embody true well-being in all aspects of life, inside and out. Growing up, many guys—myself included—had a constant air of ego and overzealousness that motivated and influenced my daily actions and choices.
This air gave me a sense of entitlement, a misguided attitude, and a definition of "being a man" that was ingrained in my life. While definitions and labels often add no value to conversations like this, I find that there is a benefit to helping redefine what it means to be a man, if only to set a new conversation in motion and provide a road map to a more mindful way of living in the real world. So I offer this: What if we redefined the word "man" to mean "mindful, aware, and nonjudgmental"? I'm not the only one who feels this way. Here's what experts in the field of mindfulness have to say about this topic.