Reconnecting To The Cycles Of Nature
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware of the fast paced, go-go-go nature of the world we live in. Our world seems to revolve around productivity and optimization. In fact, you likely experience it and may even be wrapped up in it yourself. It’s okay.
The world we live in is setup in a way that encourages this behavior and it is easy to get caught up in the current. We glorify and praise the #HUSTLE and consistently de-prioritize rest and relaxation.
We’re on the hunt to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. We think and say things like
How can I optimize my time?
How can I make the most money?
What would make me the most “successful”?
This is inherently a linear and masculine way of being. AND. It’s not bad. There is certainly a place for masculine energy in everyone’s lives.
However, there is also another way…
a more, feminine way.
Consider the Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and then it begins again. This is a cycle that is important to the many ecosystems of the world. This particular cycle influences the food that we eat, the environment that we live in and much more. Without one Winter, there would be no Spring. Without Summer, no Fall. Each part of the cycle relies on the other.
The Moon: New, Waxing, Full, Waning, and then begin again. A cycle that, again, is an important part of our world, seasons and time keeping.
Neither of these things are linear. Each phase, or part of the cycle, seamlessly leads to the next and each encourages and supports the next phase. Without one, there would be not be the other.
So what do we as humans have in common with the Moon & Seasons?
For people with uterus’...everything.
If you are a person who experiences menstruation, it is likely that you experience around 12 cycles a year. That is one new cycle every 27-31 days.
I want to note that some people may not experience a full reproductive cycle each month due to various birth control options, menopause or surgeries. If this is you, stay with me. You have a spot at this table. You can still follow this energetic shift using the moon.
Before I go on, let’s paint a picture of this reproductive cycle.
First I want to clear something up - your period is NOT your cycle. Your period, or menstruation, is only one part of your four part cycle. Let’s talk about what these four parts are…
Note: The time frames below are averages and no one cycle is the same. Some people menstruate for 3 days while others bleed longer. On the same note, some people may ovulate at day 14 while others ovulate on day 16 or 18.
Each cycle is as individualized as the human experiencing it.
Menstruation Phase: Or “Period” is the beginning of the reproductive cycle. It is when the uterine lining is shed after an egg is not fertilized. Menstruation is around day 1 to 6. It can be compared to “Winter”.
Follicular Phase: The follicular phase is when the follicular stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormones are released from the brain and stimulate the growth of eggs in follicles within the ovaries. This phase typically lasts from around day 7 to 14. This is the phase in which our body is preparing for potential conception. This phase can be compared to “Spring”
Ovulation: Ovulation is the midpoint of the cycle. A surge of luteinizing hormone and estrogen cause one (and sometimes more) egg to be released for fertilization. This happens in the middle of the cycle and again, the day varies but typically happens between day 12 and day 20. This phase can be compared to “Summer”.
Luteal Phase: Once an egg is released the follicle develops a new structure called the corpus luteum. If the egg has been fertilized by sperm it will travel to the fallopian tubes to implant in the uterus. If the egg has not been fertilized it passes through the uterus and the uterine lining is shed (menstruation). The phase lasts from the day of ovulation to the day before menstruation. Around day 16-30. This can be compared to “Fall”.
I know, I know. Why the biology lesson, Mallory?
There is power in these hormones.
Once we build a relationship with our menstrual cycle, we begin to see how closely correlated it is with the natural world around us.
Unfortunately, we are so deeply disconnected from the magic that is our own body. This is also correlated between our disconnection from the natural world (but that is another blog post for another day).
However, it is possible to reconnect. Just as we can put our phones down and put our bare feet in the grass, so can we slow down and take time to reconnect with our own bodies.
Once we start tapping into our power in this way, we can use it to our advantage and create a life of flow. Gone are the days of suffering through the first two days of our period. Gone are the days of mood swings and sluggishness.
Say hello to your power, my friend.
So what now, Mallory?
I encourage you to begin at the beginning - your period. Our bleeding time not only gives us a starting point as the day we begin our period is also day 1 of our cycle, but the premenstrual symptoms we experience and even the color of our blood can give us insight into what is happening within our body.
Once we have established what day 1 is, we can continue to follow the cyclical nature of our reproductive cycle. We can notice things like cervical fluid and even our body temperature and gain insight into what is going on within.
From here, we can directly correlate our energy levels with our internal cycle.
Our internal cycle then becomes an external cycle. You are now living in a cyclical way, fully aware of your body and its innate power. In some cases, your cycle may even sync with the cycles of the moon.
It is time to reconnect to our innate wisdom.
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If you’re still interested in learning more about how you can work with your cycle to live a life of ease and flow, email me at email@example.com and let’s schedule a time to connect in person or via video.