It’s impossible to think of masculinity without acknowledging how far I’ve come and where I come from. Lineage. I come from a lineage of men who are soft, sensitive, gritty, salt-of-the-earth providers. The men in my family, and especially my father, are lovers at heart. They are curious, creative, adventurous, hilarious. Mostly, the men in my family are generous. They have taught me the importance of giving all that I have, expressing gratitude, and taking full responsibility to care for my self and loved ones. We have a responsibility to our community, our Earth, our land, with the power have been given. We are stewards of the land, stewards of each other, and we are all walking each other home. The men in my lineage have taught me strength in following your own compass, the softness of our hearts, the love and passions we long for.
We are unshakable power when standing in the light of our love
We owe nothing to no one and yet we have great responsibility
We follow the guidance of our hearts and give all that we have, knowing that the Earth is abundant
We provide for our communities knowing we are held and provided for by the Earth
We take what we need, and leave the rest
This land is not mine, nor ours
We are the land’s
We share all that we are given and blessed with
We understand the meaning of sacrifice, to make something sacred
We understand we are most generously flowing when we tend to our own waters, not sacrifice ourselves dry
We find power in surrender, listening. Humility and honest acknowledgement of our mistakes.
We understand we have the potential to harm others
I made a playlist you can use to explore your own relationship to masculinity,
maybe with intuitive movement, writing, or drawing
You can find the playlist here on both Spotify and YouTube
May this music bring you healing, insight, and delight!
What story am I telling?
The story of Peter Pan growing up
The story of a man shaking his butt, wearing a skirt, feeling liberated and playful
The story of a benevolent leader who learns to practice his passions with patience, dedicated to joys, pleasures, arts, delightful generosity
The story of a man who
leads with speaks from works with
The Hero, swift up the mountain
swift, from the heart!
The story of a man who councils and tempers his fears
who learns how to respond out of empowered compassionate choice, not to react out of anger
The story of a man who surrenders and succeeds
soften and find power
surrender, be like water, find power
who lightens his heart
tries a little tenderness
fails at it
and tries more tenderness
The story of a man who learns
there are safe ways to express
anger violence resistance distraction repression
Maggie Markham (any)
Maggie Markham (pick a pronoun, any pronoun!) was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. They work with movement, writing, music, and performance mediums, and studied theatre arts at Boston University. He studies somatics and quantum healing, and is excited to integrate healing practices with art-making. Maggie gives all blessings and thank-yous back to her beloved family, partner, community members, and our abundant Earth.