Here is her incredible menstrual story...
"I went 12 years without a period. My birth control at the time stopped me from having it. Society and the messages I received from the world was that it was a good thing to not have a period. That it is dirty, undesirable and I shouldn’t want one.
Nearly three years ago I went to Bali and in a women’s circle I learned the power of my cycle and the wisdom I carry in my womb. I heard a calling to welcome her back and she came. I had the IUD removed and my period came back. I listened as she whispered 'Slow down, I want to show you how to receive and be creative in your own right...' I felt like my womanhood was complete and I was finally allowed to be proud, open and talk about the wisdom we receive from living in alignment with, acceptance of, and even celebrating our cycle.
As I near 45 this year, my period has disappeared again. I feel a season ending and a new one about to begin. There is a new feeling rising as I make room for more growth and surrender into what is happening in my body.. She has loved and supported me through so much. I haven’t always treated her with love and respect. I haven’t always spoken lovingly to her. I haven’t always listened to what she needed... But I listen now for what wisdom comes to me by way of patience, acceptance and grace. I have no control. I need only listen. I need only speak from my heart and respect what comes back with open mind.
This body has been a safe harbor for me through thick and thin. It’s time for me to rest. And time to listen.
I am home. And I love me. *ALL OF ME*
My Moon Malas supports all things Meditation + Women's Health. This interesting topic is about a life-changing question that was normalized for me in a course called Embody Your Flow by Cree Cox. At the beginning of our weekly menstrual cycle education classes, each woman would share...
Vulnerable, right?! But so very liberating and educational. I don't regularly ask women about their cervical positioning or fluid but I do ask all of my friends and clients "Where are you in your cycle?" and share where I am in mine.
There was a woman in the class who seemed like a different person each week. One week she was energetic, hyper and silly. The next she seemed introverted and quiet. Since she was sharing where she was in her menstrual cycle, I was able to identify how her personality shifted with her hormones. It was amazing! It was the first time that I got to SEE and give myself permission to BE the multifaceted cyclical being that I am learning to be. When I shared this insight with her, it was even more beautiful. She expressed that she had struggled with feeling like many different people in one body and with upholding who other people expected her to be. Ohhhh freedom though Menstrual Cycle Awareness!
For women in their bleeding years, each phase of the menstrual cycle has a different energy, strength and nuance that we can honor for each other. Check out the overview of each phase below to get a better idea of what you and your friends, colleagues and family members may be better at in certain phases.
For example: If a friend asks for advice in her Luteal Phase, I will tread lightly on criticism as her own inner critic is already cranking and this can be a wonderful time to reassess things but not necessarily understand what the next step is just yet.
Another example: I may meet with a more extroverted friend when she is nearing her Menstrual Phase so that her Ovulation energy doesn't overwhelm me and I can access the more introverted and intuitive experience of her.