As men, we often struggle with opening up about our emotions and facing our inner demons. We are taught from a young age to be tough, stoic, and unemotional. But the truth is, suppressing our feelings can lead to a whole host of problems, both mental and physical. That’s where a men’s circle comes in – a safe and supportive space for men to connect, share their experiences, and grow together.
What is a men’s circle?
A men’s circle is a group of men who come together regularly to support each other through their individual journeys of self-discovery and personal growth. The format can vary, but usually involves sitting in a circle and sharing thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a non-judgmental environment. Men’s circles can be led by a facilitator or simply self-organized by the members themselves.
The benefits of joining a men’s circle
There are many benefits to joining a men’s circle, both for the individual and the community as a whole. Here are just a few:
- Emotional support: Men’s circles provide a safe space for men to express their emotions without fear of judgment or ridicule. This can be particularly helpful for men who have been taught to suppress their feelings.
- Connection: Men’s circles provide an opportunity for men to connect with others who are on a similar path of self-discovery and personal growth. This can be particularly helpful for men who feel isolated or disconnected from others.
- Accountability: Men’s circles can provide a sense of accountability and motivation to stay on track with personal goals and commitments.
- Personal growth: Men’s circles can be a powerful tool for personal growth and development. By sharing experiences and learning from others, men can gain new insights and perspectives that can help them grow and evolve as individuals.
- Community impact: Men’s circles can have a positive impact on the community as a whole. By fostering a sense of connection and personal growth, men’s circles can help create a more empathetic and compassionate society.
How to find a men’s circle
If you’re interested in joining a men’s circle, there are a few ways to go about it. Here are some suggestions:
- Ask around: Check with friends or family members to see if they know of any men’s circles in your area.
- Online search: Use a search engine to look for men’s circles in your area. You can also check out online forums or social media groups to connect with other men who may be interested in starting a circle.
- Meetup groups: Meetup.com is a great resource for finding all kinds of groups, including men’s circles.
- Professional organizations: Some professional organizations, such as counseling or coaching associations, may have listings for men’s circles in your area.
Tips for starting a men’s circle
If you can’t find a men’s circle in your area, or if you’re interested in starting one yourself, here are some tips to get you started:
- Define your purpose: What do you hope to accomplish with your men’s circle? Are you looking for emotional support, personal growth, or simply a sense of community? Defining your purpose will help guide the direction of your group.
- Set ground rules: Establishing ground rules for your group can help create a safe and supportive environment for all members. Some common rules include confidentiality, non-judgment, and respectful communication.
- Determine format: Will your men’s circle be led by a facilitator, or will it be self-organized by the members? Will you have a specific topic for each meeting, or will it be more open-ended? Determine the format that works best for your group.
- Find members: Reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues who may be interested in joining
Visit our men’s weekly embodiment circle