Gone are the days women make a ritual retreat to tents for our moon time (periods) and spend reflective, compassionate time with one another. Nor are we sought out for our heightened psychic abilities (wisdom) during that time of the month, as we once were. In fact, if you use birth control or were blessed with super light & short periods, you may hardly give your period much thought at all. However, when I quit birth control last year, as part of my holistic wellness journey, my relationship with my body, cycle, and myself, began to shift—very quickly. I really could’ve used some of that ancient wisdom from the tents! After nearly a year of slowly rediscovering my sacred moon cycle, here are my go-to practices and must-have items for my monthly “red storm".
Knowledge is power. When you track your cycle, you can prepare for it. You’ll become more aware of what days you feel particularly sensitive, fatigued, moody, etc. and can plan accordingly (whenever possible, of course). Preparation also means saying, “No.” to people, events & projects that will be too taxing for you during this time. Obviously, you can't control all circumstances, but rearrange or remove what you can from your schedule and use these other techniques to help compensate for the rest. I use the iPhone apps Clue (data/stats) & Flow (emotional/holistic) to track my cycle.
Nourish your temple.
Your body is your temple. Don’t struggle against it, tend to it. Nourish it. Plan comforting, easy-to-cook (or cook ahead) meals that include lots of veggies & fruit--or gourmet additions, if that’s your thing! Splurge for that cold-pressed organic juice and Step-rated meat from Whole Foods. If you become moody, what are the qualities of that moodiness? Avoid food, activities, people that have like qualities and will only increase your unwanted tendencies or dissonance. For example, I tend to become critical—to me, this feels fiery, salty, acidic. Therefore, I avoid (some of my favorite) things like red wine, salt & vinegar chips, buffalo sauce and especially, critical or judgmental people and TV.
What we know as our “period” is interwoven with the energy of the moon’s cycle; it is nature’s cycle of intentional action, fulfillment & release. As our period starts, one cycle has been fulfilled and the lining of the uterus releases and is shed. Each month, as your period starts, ask yourself: What else do I need to release? What has come to its end and is no longer supporting me? What new energy do I want to focus on this month? Make it a monthly practice to check in wth yourself during this time, especially if you don’t have any other similar practices. If you want a beautiful, “DIY” sacred space via email, join our Sacred Circle where you’ll receive a monthly invite (email) for the New Moon Gathering (meditation and journalling). It’s all online, so stay in your comfies!
I’m willing to bet that you spend a great deal of time doing things for other people. Treat yourself as you would your child, friend, or lover. Again, let your period mark time that you set aside to do things for YOU: buy flowers for your bedroom, chill out with that book you’ve been meaning to read, watching an uplifting or hilarious movie, give yourself a foot rub with a hot wash cloth AND essential oils just before falling asleep (amazing!). Essential oils are incredibly powerful (mind, body & soul) and so versatile! Some of my favorites during my period are Clary Sage, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Bergamot & Helichrysum. If you are interested in exploring aromatherapy but don’t know where to start, email me and I will give you a personalized recommendation, or shop around here.
We may not can retreat into real tents once every month (wouldn't that be so awesome?), but we can still meet in virtual sacred space to share our wisdom & compassion. Thank you for being here and I hope to see you around the tent: our private Facebook Group. Join the Sacred Circle to get in!