Taking your period from burden to blessing.
There is a myth in our culture. It comes across in various messages but it boils down to this, your menstrual cycle is a major burden! It is filled with pain, discomfort, emotional messiness, and unpredictability.
Advertisements reinforce the myth. Tampon commercials call it "mother nature's curse". Feminine hygiene products are created and advertised to allow us to continue our active life styles; never let a period slow you down and you can even wear white clothes. What do you think the advertisers said, as they sat around their circular table throwing out ideas? "Well Jim, I think that women everywhere just want to play tennis and wear white clothes while on their period, so let's go with that angle". As my 80's self would have said "Gag me with a spoon"!
Our modern day myth around the feminine burden is just that, modern day. For THOUSANDS of years women found connection with each other, their bodies and to the inherent cyclical nature of life and wisdom through menstruation. Women would gather together to bleed. They would honor the slow down, as would their entire culture. It was celebrated and honored and in some cultures it still is today. They saw it for what it was and is, wisdom that flows through their own bodies. Connection to our own internal rhythms and power.
Most women today scoff at the idea of embracing their cycle; let alone actually enjoying it or seeing the wisdom and power that our ancestors found within. We are taught or not taught to keep it quite, hidden and just deal. How many stories have I heard of young girls (who are now women) hiding their period when it started, feeling ashamed, feeling lost and confused, not knowing what to do or who to talk to. Think of the life long impact of that! When young girls are learning about puberty in a classroom it's biologically based and deadened of the actual power and connection that is possible to be found within the cycle.
So what is normal.
It is normal for your body to speak to you in all sorts of different ways. It is telling you something and it wants you to connect and listen! It is not trying to hurt you, annoy you, burden you or act like a toddler throwing a tempertantrum. If you are experiencing intense cramping...there is a reason! And no throwing a birth control pill in your mouth every day will not "solve" that reason, it will mask it for awhile and may cause other things to start to talk to you. No judgement, I was put on the pill at an early age because of my intense period discomfort and it worked for awhile, and it unleashed a whole other set of undiscussed symptoms, that can't or aren't quantified by a scientific method. Emotions/feelings are not scientific, but when I got off the pill and talked to other women how different and alive I felt after getting off, I was met with SO MANY of the same and similar response.
It is normal to feel more tired, and it would be fine to want to sit more, to not work out those days. It would be normal to want to go into a cave and not be all for everyone for a day or so. It's not summer all the time right? We can't always go, go, go. It would be normal to get moody and if you get down right Cruella de Vil then your body is telling you something.
If your body is yelling at you there are reasons; life imbalance, hormonal imbalance, emotional releases, diet shifts that need to be looked at. Really tuning in and listening to your body, honoring what it is asking by doing it and letting go of the guilt, excuses, shame or whatever story comes up that prevents you from taking action on the listening. Tuning in and making some changes will shift your relationship with your period from burden to blessing.
It is a lie that our cycles have to be a burden, it is a lie that our cycles have to cause us pain, it is a lie that the suckiness of it all is normal! It is simply a disconnection and it takes space, time and awareness to get reacquainted. For so may generations now the disconnection has gotten deeper and deeper and it's time for us to not only stand up and say "#metoo this isn't normal how we are treated, but it isn't normal how we treat ourselves!
It's time to heal and reconnect.
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