No doubt the empowerment and liberation of women have made significant strides, but many still experience a phenomenon often described as "being in a box." This box is not a physical one but a metaphorical construct, a confinement of one's own making. It's a manifestation of self-imposed boundaries that limit potential, freedom, and growth. Today, we will explore the concept of the "box" that many women feel and the powerful process of breaking free from it.
The 'Box' We Build The "box" that many women find themselves in is a mental construct defined by societal expectations, personal limitations, and self-doubt. It often includes conforming to traditional gender roles, seeking perfection, and suppressing one's true desires and ambitions to fit a particular mold. This self-imposed confinement can hinder personal growth, stifle creativity, and limit the pursuit of one's passions and dreams. Let's delve into some quotes and insights from notable individuals who have shared their perspectives on breaking free from the box:
Maya Angelou: "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." Angelou's words encourage women to rise above their circumstances and societal expectations.
Brené Brown: "Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do." Brown emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance and authenticity as a means to break free from self-imposed boundaries.
Audre Lorde: "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." Lorde's quote highlights the significance of self-definition and the rejection of imposed roles.
Gloria Steinem: "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." Steinem suggests that we must challenge and unlearn societal conditioning to liberate ourselves from the box.
The truth is the antidote for our own self delusion and false perception
Here are some valuable resources that can help women and individuals of all genders break free from the confinements of their own minds:
"The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown
"Untamed" by Glennon Doyle
"Women Who Run With the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Mentorship and Support: Seek out mentors, support groups, or therapists who can guide and support your journey toward self-discovery and breaking free from the box.
Self-Reflection and Journaling: Take time to reflect on your values, aspirations, and what truly matters to you. Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-exploration.
Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, facilitating the process of breaking free from limiting beliefs.
Exploring healthy feminine and masculine energy: Carl Jung (the anima), Marion Woodman, the framework of twin flame (inner union), and psychology on adaptations of wounded inner child and generational and collective gender wounding is helpful in organizing a mature framework and emotional intelligence in line with a healthy conscious balance of healthy love and wisdom.
The phenomenon of feeling "in a box" is something that many women experience due to societal pressures and self-imposed limitations. However, it's essential to recognize that the box is a construct of our own making and that we possess the power to break free from it. With self-reflection, support, and a commitment to authenticity, women can transcend the confines of their own minds, embrace their true selves, and pursue their passions and dreams unapologetically. As these inspiring quotes and resources suggest, the path to liberation and consciousness begins within ourselves.