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Masculinity, Meditation and Mental Health


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Tim Lomas
    Pages 1-8
  3. Tim Lomas
    Pages 9-38
  4. Tim Lomas
    Pages 39-63
  5. Tim Lomas
    Pages 64-91
  6. Tim Lomas
    Pages 92-119
  7. Tim Lomas
    Pages 120-151
  8. Tim Lomas
    Pages 152-176
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-220

About this book


It is said that men are 'in crisis', blighted by the adverse effects of corrosive masculine norms ranging from emotional disconnection to aggression. This book follows one group of men seeking to overcome their masculine inheritance and ultimately reach a sense of wellbeing by taking up meditation.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

About the authors

Tim Lomas is a lecturer at the University of East London, UK, where he is a module leader for the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. He completed a PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012, and then undertook research at the University of Warwick, before taking up his current position in 2013.

Bibliographic information


"The book offers new and thoughtful ways to look at men and masculinity through a health focused perspective on meditation." - Ken Harland, University of Ulster, UK

'Masculinity, Meditation and Mental Health is a rare thing a hopeful book about men's health and wellbeing. Through documenting the journeys of men who have engaged with meditation, Tim Lomas highlights the benefits (and struggles) of letting go of conventional masculinities (toughness; emotional restriction; risk-taking) and reimagining (gendered) selves in ways which actively attend to emotions and enhance wellbeing. Theoretically, the focus on 'critical positive masculinity' is innovative, and recommendations for practice include specific meditation exercises for men an uplifting finale!' Brendan Gough, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK