The best scenario for day one of your period is to just lie in bed all day. Because that’s when you lose the most blood (and therefore – vital force) and if you move and agitate yourself – you will be losing even more.
I will share soon why (and how) we should try to bleed as little as possible. But today I want to share about the most awesome way to bleed – it’s called Free Bleeding.
Free Bleeding is the practice of menstruating without blocking or collecting the period flow.
Our menstrual flow is not constant.
A woman can become so connected to her womb that she feels exactly when she needs to release the blood. In that moment she goes into nature, squats and releases the blood to the Earth (ideally).
If a woman lives away from nature, she can simply release the blood into the toilet. Up until that moment she will squeeze the muscles of her cervix and hold the blood. That’s it!
If you are keen, try it at home first. And when you go out a small reusable pad will keep you safe for times where there is no bathroom around.
There is nothing healthy about using conventional pads and tampons – they are made out of bleached synthetic materials which is not only unsafe health wise but also contributes to unpleasant odour.
On top of that the use of conventional hygiene methods promotes the idea that there is something dirty about menstruation. When there is absolutely nothing dirty about it.
Plus, if you free bleed the amount of the blood you lose will diminish and the length of your period will shorten.
If you want to know more about the subject of conscious menstruation – download my e-book Moon and Woman: The Power of Conscious Menstruation for free.
Many people have experienced miscarriage.
For women this process is usually associated with a sense of grief, failure and even guilt. Also, the
question: why me!?
For men it can also be very emotional, they may be feeling like they don’t deserve to be a father or that they did something wrong. But usually what’s even more intense for a man is being there with his woman as she is going through her emotional ride…
Some couples become closer through this process, others break up.
I want to share something very important here.
While it is important that you give space to and process the emotions it causes, you need to know that on an energetic level miscarriage is nothing but a cleansing mechanism.
It is not a loss of a child.
What you are releasing is not a human being. The soul enters the fetus only at about 4 months into pregnancy. Before that it’s just physical matter and energy.
In the past, when it was normal for women to have up to 9 or even 12 children, miscarriages happened a lot more frequently. And usually went almost unnoticed.
…read more here.
Photo by Chanel Barran and Shonna Keely Jones
Handling menstrual flow is something that each and every woman has to deal with. Papyrus was first used in ancient Egypt, then reusable sanitary belts, and after that disposable pads. Most of these options were not that reliable until tampons were developed in the 1930′s, revolutionizing feminine hygiene.
However recent research has shown that tampons can be dangerous for a woman’s health. Let’s look into the health risks of tampons and explore the healthy alternatives.
Health risk of tampons
1. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
TSS develops in the body when the common bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus, produces a toxin which is absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxin rapidly overwhelms the immune system and attacks the major organs, leading to kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and in severe cases, cardiac arrest. Alarmingly, 50% of all known cases of Toxic Shock are result of women using tampons!
Symptoms of TSS are: sore throat, aching muscles, high temperature, vomiting, watery diarrhea, red rash, confusion, dizziness,very low blood pressure. Only one or two symptoms may occur, and they do not necessarily occur all at once and may not persist. If you are experiencing any of these, remove the tampon right away and go to the hospital and insist on getting a blood test.
2. Chemicals in Tampons
Rayon is the main ingredient in generic tampons. It’s a fiber that is made from cellulose fibers. Cellulose is a natural fiber, but to produce Rayon chemical procedures are needed that include: carbon disulphide, sulphuric acid, chlorine and caustic soda. Side effects from exposure to too much Rayon can include: nausea, vomiting, chest pain, headaches and many others.
Tampons are also bleached using chlorine, which results in the production of dioxin, which in turn is linked to breast cancer, endometriosis, immune system suppression and various other ailments.
3. Tampons can cause infections
Tampon use causes micro lacerations (tiny wounds) every time you insert one and pull it out, leaving your vagina wall more exposed to any infection or disease.
4. Tampons disturb the PH-Balance
Tampons absorb your flow but they also absorb all the moisture that is very important to keep your ph and vagina healthy.
5. Tampons cause odor
You may remember from my previous article there is nothing toxic, dirty or smelly about our menstrual blood. But as soon as the tampon is inserted the process of oxidation starts and bacteria develops which explains that funky smell.
6. Tampons leave chemical residue in your vagina
Loose fibers are left behind in your vagina, which your body eventually flushes out but until then you have chemicals stored in your body and these can cause bladder or vaginal infections, and TSS. Some of the fibers might also get stuck in the cervix, which might cause uterine infection.
If you want to test this, take a tampon and jiggle it in a glass a water and see what happens to the fibers!
7. I’ve heard some people say that some tampons have special chemicals that make you bleed more. So you buy more.
…read more here.
The womb is a physical metaphor for consciousness itself, the void, the place of nothingness, from which all life emerges, the emptiness which is actually the fullness of all life. A place of pure potential, formless, yet the essence of all forms.
Menstruation, that monthly bleeding that all women share, unites us no matter what else sets us apart. At any one time on this planet, millions of women are bleeding.
Conscious menstruation refers to the profound awakening that is possible when we embrace our monthly bleeding with deep awareness and self-love.
It’s interesting that many women have their menstruation either around the full Moon or new Moon. Menstruation is also called “moontime” in some ancient cultures. There is a great connectedness to the natural cycles in nature and we are all synced in.
Just as the Moon waxes (or grows outward into the night sky) until it becomes full and then wanes (or gets smaller) as if moving back into itself – so do we. Sometimes she shows up fully, open, bright, reaching out. Other times – she covers her face, retreats, falls back, quiets herself. We can be in the same pattern as the Moon. I find it really beautiful.
The moon is the most feminine planet. It is changeable in the same way as us – ever changing women. So what happens during the New Moon is exactly what happens with us when we bleed – we hide and internalize. And Full Moon corresponds to the time of ovulation – the time when we are at the peak of ourselves, feeling energetic and social. As the Moon uncovers her face we uncover ours. We get more and more active, putting things into action.
…read more here.
Our menstrual cycle is very powerful and it actually impacts the way we feel from one day to the next. It’s also true that we have heightened strengths during every phase of our cycle. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know about the intricacies of our cycle and how to really capitalize on these strengths because from the time we hit puberty we’re given very little information about it. Why? Because there is a longstanding and deeply-rooted taboo around the subject of menstruation.
We’ve gotten so used to not talking about it, we just sort of accept it and keep silent. Silence around a subject suggests there is something ‘wrong’ or ‘shameful’ about it. Consider that most women and girls live their lives thinking that a fundamental part of being female is shameful. This stops them from wanting to know, discover and protect their body.
Most of us know about the 3-7 day ‘period’ of bleeding, but not the whole series of amazing changes your entire body is cycling through over the course of 28-ish days. Just as the Moon waxes (or grows outward into the night sky) until it becomes full and then wanes (or gets smaller) as if moving back into itself – so do you. Sometimes she shows up fully, open, bright, reaching out. Other times – she covers her face, retreats, falls back, quiets herself. We can be in the same pattern as the Moon. I find it really profound.
On day 1, you get your period. Then around day 14, you ovulate, which means this is the day you can get pregnant. By around day 28, if an egg has not been fertilized, your body gets ready to start your cycle all over again.
1. Day one (and phase one) of your menstrual cycle begins when your period arrives. Did you know that during her entire lifetime a woman spends approximately 3,500 days menstruating?!
Within hours of starting your period, your estrogen levels will slowly begin to rise and gradually you will start to feel a shift from the heaviness or ‘PMS’ of the days before.
An important thing here is to not project your moods on other people. In my opinion the best thing to do during a period, and especially on the first day, is to rest as much as possible, stay alone, meditate and journal. This is the time of reflection. Rest is especially important on the first day because that’s when we normally lose the largest amount of blood, and the body receives a certain signal that may change your period a lot. I observe a really significant difference in the length and abundance of my menses when I manage to rest on the first day of my cycle
And remember the chocolate rule! No chocolate during a period for God’s sake!
In the early days menstruation was considered to be the time for spiritual practice and getting together with other women. Women are quite sensitive to subtle energies during their period and meditations can go very deep then.
2. During Phase 2 (week 2), the steady increase in estrogen boosts your brain’s serotonin levels, which leads to an increase in energy, enthusiasm and a more upbeat feeling overall. That’s the time to start new projects, be physically active.
…read more here.