Do men have rhythmic cycles in their lives, as women do? As we know there are all types of cycles of life from morning to night, the ebb and flow of the tide, life and death. Women have very obvious rhythmic cycles but what about men?
“In & Out: this is the most basic rhythm of all. Although there are clear connections with the sexual act of in and out, that is not it. It represents the male characteristic of involvement and non-involvement. Men are ether in or out. They are either focused or in their ‘nothing box’, either attached or detached.
This is one of the great indicators of masculine strength, the ability to be ‘there’, completely present. Women know exactly when a man is in this state and they get excited by it. They also know when men detach themselves and they get frustrated by it. They often cannot understand how a man can be so detached, so devoid of thought or interest. They cannot see how a man can be so empty, so uninterested.” By Graham Reid Phoenix
"LIFE IS ABOUT RHYTHM. WE VIBRATE, OUR HEARTS ARE PUMPING BLOOD. WE ARE A RHYTHM MACHINE. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE." Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band Grateful Dead.
Men who fall out of rhythm are out of sync and therefore can feel out of sorts, out of balance and this can result in mental health issues. Check out this article by Web Medical Doctor. By connecting to our natural rhythms we improve our well-being - See MORE
Why don’t men talk about mental health problems? Men of all ages and ethnicities are less likely than women to seek help for all sorts of problems--including depression, substance abuse and stressful life events--even though they encounter those problems at the same or greater rates as women. 'I don't think that it's biologically determined that men will seek less help than women," says University of Missouri Counseling Psychology Professor Glenn Good, PhD, who studies men and masculinity and also has a private practice that focuses on men. "So if that's true, then it must mean that it's socialization and upbringing: Men learn to seek less help."Even when men do realize that they are depressed, abusing alcohol or have some other problem, they are still less likely than women to see a psychologist or other mental health professional, says psychologist and masculinity researcher James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College.
InRhythm runs successful mens mental health workshops. The response and gratitude for the social outlet, the emotional freedom of rhythm, the connection to inner beats, and the overall feeling of well being is overwhelming. InRhythm also runs mens retreats where men can connect with each other, explore rhythmic regulation, vibration and meditation. Talk about issues, discover inner resilience and feel good! Check out available retreats HERE.
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Sources: Making the connection to life through natural rhythms by Graham Reid Phoenix: http://grahamreidphoenix.com/2010/01/the-rhythm-of-masculinity/
Web Medical Doctor: Irregular rhythm linked to mental health problems: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/news/20120227/irregular-heart-rhythm-linked-to-mental-problems#1
American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun05/helping.aspx