We sometimes talk about being ‘goddesses’ and ‘standing in our feminine,’ in a way that denotes the inferiority of the masculine, but the truth is, in each human whether they are born female or male, both these energies exist. Not one is superior to the other, and the need for one or the other varies with time. For instance, when I was going through a tough time, I wanted to surround myself with feminine energy, but at some point when there was too much around me, I found it stifling. I love a man who is comfortable with the feminine, but I also find a man who stands just a bit too close in my space with red hot masculinity extremely sexy, especially if I know that he doesn’t do it with everything in a skirt.
I read this piece ages ago about dating a yoga goddess. It’s really great for the self-esteem, but on the other hand, who’s to say that a Yoga Goddess is any different from a Prada Goddess. Sure, if you’re a yoga girl, then dating someone who loves his drink and lives on steaks might just leave a lot to be desired when it comes to finding a place you both enjoy. And if you love being outdoors and he loves his TV, then it might not garner much conversation time. Incompatible bed times make things difficult if you’re asleep by 9:30pm and he’s not up until 11:00am and if one of you feels somehow that the other is not as enlightened/smart/anything will just cause imbalance in the relationship.
My friend Karen-Anne digs deeper into philosophy with her answer to the article mentioned above, and I agree with her: http://flyingdragonyogis.com.au/2013/12/04/self-awareness-for-goddesses/. Just because we use different terms (cleanse instead of diet, divine masculine instead of man), doesn’t make us totally different than the average Jane.
Something about calling myself a ‘goddess’ and sending invitations to the ‘divine masculine’ just doesn’t speak to me. It might work for some. And some people, in relationship want to be adored. It’s great in small doses, but I would rather be loved than put on a pedestal as some great ideal. Why would you want to see yourself as superior to the person you’re dating? Why would you want him to think that he’s not enough? Sure you might be the better planner while he’s the one with more physical strength, and he might be more analytic while you’re more intuitive, but not one trait is better than the other. Then there are some things that you love doing together; cooking, going to the beach, watching movies, whatever. Sometimes you will annoy each other but that’s not because you’re a Goddess while he’s a dud. It’s just because you don’t agree on everything, and that’s a good thing.
At the end of the day, I want to be with someone who I can talk to, laugh with and play with. He could work in the creative field or the technical field, be a martial artist, Crossfitter or Yogi. It is important however, that he finds joy in what he does like I find joy in what I do. He could come from any background, as long as he has a good relationship with his family. Occasionally I will challenge him, and he will challenge me, and we will motivate each other. Our differences will be just as important as the things we have in common. Sometimes things will get tough, but a lasting relationship is when you choose to stay instead of go. Some people use the principal non-attachment as a reason not to commit, and sure, if you don’t get attached, you won’t get hurt, but that bit of attachment can also feed into the effort put into the relationship. More than the job, family background or whatever, is who he is as a person, and in anything of this nature, there is that something that nobody can put a finger on, that from the outside might not make sense, but somehow just feels right.
The practice of yoga is a journey in finding your path. If it feels right for you, then go ahead and be a floating Gypsy but if what sits dear in your heart is finding a place to land and build, then it makes you no less ‘Yoga Goddess,’ or a ‘Divine Masculine’. Some just want to be free, others want to have another someone, and others want to have children. Not one is better than the other.
It took more than two whole years of being completely alone but now I know that I want to land. Casual, fleeting flings might leave a lot of freedom, but it is just not for me. The only time I want to be a Goddess is when he is right there with me being a God. Other than that, I want to be able to take off any masks (because it is only human nature that we wear them sometimes) along with my shoes, not be judged for having pizza if I feel like it, and occasionally not have to do anything but sit on the couch together. I would want that underlying friendship which allows me the freedom to be unabashedly me.
As much as the Goddess energy is within everyone, I would rather not feel like I have to be some semi-fictional ideal.