By Jody Aberdeen

I was an introverted kid growing up, preferring books over sports, the arts over cars.  My interest in how the world worked meant that I studied science, philosophy, religion, and spirituality at a time when most  boys were into hockey and shop class.  I was told back then that things like meditation, holistic medicine, yoga, tai chi, and, yes, the arts were not considered “manly”.  That’s the image many men have of anything remotely spiritual:  It’s something “for girls.” That’s simply not the case.

Spirituality is manly.  Just ask any great figure in history.

Steve Jobs. Will Smith. Jim Carrey. Bill Gates. Napoleon Hill. Andrew Carnegie. Thomas Edison.  Winston Churchill. George Patton. Napoleon Bonaparte. These are only a few of the names you see mentioned in today’s spiritual conversations.  Look them up and you’ll find a profound spirituality coursing through their lives.  The most successful men in history, whether unconsciously or by design, have employed the same spiritual wisdom and practices that today’s popular culture associates with the feminine.

Much as many of the greatest chefs in the world are men, but cooking is still viewed as “women’s work” in some quarters, we need to shift our paradigm about spirituality and masculinity.  Not only are the two not mutually exclusive, but history shows us that when men embrace spirituality in their daily work, they achieve greatness and leave their marks on the world.  What could be more “manly” than that?


Jody Aberdeen is a writer, actor, speaker, and coach committed to personal growth. He is the leader of the Toronto Wordslingers Guild and his debut novel “Convergence” is now available.

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