These wellness leaders are breaking up with the tradition — and toxicity.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Soulcare is a journey to self — a way to discover and share who you really are, regardless of what other people think of you. But in a world full of expectations on how we ought to be, it’s always better to have lightworkers to look to for guidance — and permission — to challenge the status quo. Today, we’re highlighting three men who are leaders embodying soulcare and taking the toxicity out of masculinity. By sparking life-changing conversations on identity, compassion, and vulnerability, they’re showing us the soulful side of what it means to be “man enough” in the modern world.
1. Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty is the English author inspiring millions with his daily IG wisdom and top-ranking podcast ON Purpose. The former Hindu monk uses his spiritual teachings as the foundation of his life coaching platform. (Psst…his best-selling book Think Like a Monk is jam-packed with sage wisdom). When it comes to finding balance and gratitude within the realities of being human, Jay consistently gives credit to the powerful women in his life for raising and supporting him, including his wife Radhi Devlukia-Shetty.
“If I can spend all day with Radhi, that’s not work to me,” Jay shared on his blog. “Radhi doesn’t make anything feel like work…She sees it as fun. She sees it as her expressing herself. She sees it as her just sharing openly and honestly…” His public praise of the women in his life is a reminder that there is space for tenderness and humility in masculinity — and we love to see it. | Follow Jay Shetty
2. Dan Doty
Dan Doty is the co-founder of EVRYMAN, an online community with a mission to promote self-reflection and empathy in men. Alongside Lucas Krump, Owen Marcus, and Sascha Lewis, Dan founded EVRYMAN to cultivate a safer space for men to discover and grow their emotional intelligence to live more fulfilling lives. As a father of two, the somatic meditation teacher is especially invested in revealing how fatherhood brings intimacy and interconnectedness back into men’s lives.
“Fatherhood gives you an opportunity to be the man you want to be at home, but also in the world,” Dan shared on IG, “Being a dad, your responsibilities don’t end at home. They include how you show up in your community, in your relationship, in your work, in your friendships, and in the time that you’re by yourself.” | Follow Dan Doty
3. Justin Baldoni
Author, actor, and filmmaker, Justin Baldoni took his personal journey with masculinity and turned it into the viral TED Talk “Why I’m Done Trying to Be Man Enough.” The Jane the Virgin star went on to release his book Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity and its namesake podcast, giving listeners a chance to explore the humanity that exists beyond binary constructs.
In an interview with Forbes, Justin shared why he’s made it his mission to challenge toxic masculinity. “Truthfully, it feels like a responsibility, like an obligation — something that, because I am aware of it, I can no longer just continue living with blinders on,” he said, “For me, this is a radical act of self-love. [Talking about] these issues forces me to learn in real time, forces me to go deeper, forces me to not allow the bar to be so low that I can just crawl over it and get a pat on the back.” | Follow Justin Baldoni
Who is redefining masculinity in your own life? Share the lightworkers inspiring you in the comments!