We all have both a feminine and masculine side. Yin and Yang. Carl Jung termed it the anima and animus. Females have an inner male side and males an inner female.
Your masculine side gets expressed when you're working toward a goal, making progress, getting things done, and pushing forward. It contains direct, rational, practical, and assertive qualities.
Your feminine side gets expressed when you move with the flow of life, embracing your creative energy, imagination, sensitivity, dance, and play - being attuned to your internal process.
In our culture, masculine qualities tend to be "valued" more than feminine qualities. We see this evidenced every day as women struggle to be accepted, to find their own power, their voice, fearing that they will be "put in their place" or thought of as sexual objects. We see it in the aggression, stress, and fear men experience, struggling to be in relationship, but not knowing how; being taught that it is "wimpy" to show emotions and feelings. We see it in the movements that have taken place over the last 20 years to bring greater equality to the sexes.
It often feels as though the male and female are struggling against one another, out of touch with one another. This creates a feeling of being off-balance, both individually and culturally. When we overvalue masculine energy, we spend more time at work, on our computers and smartphones, and less time in nature and expressing our creativity. Since most of us (males and females) need to nurture our feminine side, that is what I’ll be focusing on here.
As we connect with both the masculine and feminine parts of ourselves, we'll be creating a dynamic balance between the two. The male/female balance is in reality a oneness, like everything in life - both beautiful, both equal, both parts of a greater whole. By working in harmony, honoring the gifts that each aspect of our being brings to us, we can create a healthy, well-balanced life.
I write about human behavior, meditation, body awareness, and a variety of other things that pique my interest.