Women Are Cyclical By Nature
Did you know that hormonally and energetically our bodies require specific nutrition and movement styles at different phases of our cycle? What are those phases, I hear you ask? Well, we have 4:
- Moon (Menstrual time)
- Pre ovulation – Follicular
- Premenstrual- luteal
There is no getting past the fact that as women we are cyclical creatures. We follow our unique feminine rhythm.
Our menstrual cycle is a cycle within a cycle. It is governed by a 28-day cycle that is also associated with the ever-changing cyclical lunar phases.
Through simple menstrual mapping practice, we can become more acutely aware of how in tune we are to the greater cycles of nature. The rhythms of the universe and women unfold in a cyclical manner. Each phase preparing for the next.
Seasonal cycles: We see it in the tides; water rising, kissing the shore in & out, the familiar transition of birth, growth, blossom, death, and rebirth. There is consistency in change. We are creatures bound to the same law of nature as the rivers, trees, and the faraway seas. Each season can in some way reflect our internal world.
Now when most women think of their menstrual cycle, they usually tune into the so-called negative aspects. Perhaps you mind anchor straight into PMS like symptoms such as:
- mood swings
- painful breasts
However, my experience has been that sometimes (for myself included), the reasons these challenges occur is as a result of not slowing down enough to listen to our emotional needs. The body is a holistic system, therefore any symptoms that arise in the physical body can be related to the energetic, emotional body and mental body as well.
As women we can often get caught up in the day to day mundane, without much thought. We live in a world where pushing, striving and productivity is celebrated.
We are fed negative media messages from girl to womanhood about how our unique bodies should look, be and perform. It can be challenging, to say the least, to forge a path for a more balanced and feminine way of living.
This is not about gender, it’s about energy.
In a paradigm where a western medicine approach is favoured, the cyclical nature of the feminine can often be overlooked, especially in the workplace. We are guided to numb our pain, ignore our inconvenient and often “erratic” emotions and push through our fatigue.
The predicament here is that this leaves little room for downtime (yin) in our lives. But the truth is that the very essence of women’s and men’s bodies are different. Hormonally, energetically, emotionally and physically women require specific nutritional and movement styles whilst travelling through their inner rhythms.
Biologically those who bleed need time to rest and nourish themselves on different and deeper levels than men.
It’s a no-brainer that we need both energies to excel in life, however when a woman predominately hangs out in her yang energy (container, focus, action, organisation, giving, consistency, discipline, strategy) without weaving in and coming back to her body, her feelings, her depth, she can become rigid in her routines and structure without creating room for play, magic, embodiment & intuition.
Trust me – I have ignored myself. I had spent a good chunk of my life embracing the DOING and numbing my feelings to fit in. I have dismissed my internal compass. I have worked out like a crazy bunny on day 1 of my bleed. I have pretended to not feel grief so I could come across as a strong independent woman.
I have not asked for help and been vulnerable at times I really needed to.
Now I prioritise.
Listening to my body and give her the nourishment to thrive, inside and out. Allowing myself to eat and move based on my ebbing & flowing inner rhythms
Living in harmony with my menstrual cycle and the lunar cycle. Giving reverence to the full spectrum of my emotional bandwidth.
Do you feel like you could use some extra juju?
I help overachieving busy spiritual woman get their aliveness and sensuality back by reconnecting to their bodies, emotions & feminine cycles. If this sounds juicy, see below for a FREE menstrual womb guide.