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.

 

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