5 good reasons to practice menstrual cycle awareness and tune into the brilliance of your menstrual cycle’s design.
For too long, the brilliance of your menstrual cycle’s design has been kept hidden. Few women realise just how much benefit can come from having a cycle. And that the benefit can be multiplied through the simple practice of Menstrual Cycle Awareness.
Well, this is certainly a refreshing perspective, far removed from the notions of your cycle being a reproductive necessity or just a plain old hassle!
So here’s the truth. Your menstrual cycle is a fully integrated holistic health practice that is activated when you listen and respond to it. And, if that’s not enough to get you nodding your head and exclaiming ‘aha!’, we’ll throw in the cherry on the top – the menstrual cycle is also a custom made spiritual path a.k.a the woman’s mindfulness practice.
In this blog we will share 5 ways that your menstrual cycle’s brilliant design supports your wellbeing. But up top, here’s what you need to know:
The menstrual cycle is the stress sensitive system in women. It gives you feedback on how you are travelling emotionally and physically. Working with your cycle is your means for managing stress, creating well being and a fertile life. In effect the cycle is both diagnostic tool and remedy. If that isn’t brilliant design what is?!
So how do you work with your cycle? The answer is – practice Menstrual Cycle Awareness. We’ve got all the how to’s for that here
The healing power of your cycle
Here are 5 of the ways that your menstrual cycle is helping you to keep in the groove of yourself, use your energy wisely and feel more grounded, soothed and full of vitality.
1. The cycle keeps you intimately connected to yourself
It can help you to feel more grounded, and give you more clarity and choice about your life and thereby create more harmony and ease. Women often comment that they feel like they have ‘come home’, and feel more optimistic and alive.
2. The cycle is a system of generation and regeneration
Simply put, it reminds you that there is a time for doing and a time for rest; a time to initiate and time to hold back. Respect for the cycle will help you to create a more sustainable life so that you don’t burn out.
3. The cycle gives you feedback
The more you tune into the cycle the more you will be able to ‘read’ yourself. Disturbing symptoms are feedback on your overall well being physically and psychologically especially in the premenstrual time. Think of it like an early warning system encouraging you to pay more attention to your body and soul.
4. The cycle helps you to let go of control
Yes, the apparent loss of control premenstrually is a healthy release which we encourage you to let yourself have in a safe, protected environment so that no one will shame or judge you for being ‘less together’. When you let yourself feel vulnerable and have a good cry, you can open the way to a quiet, sweet connection to your truth.
Obviously, it’s not good if your reactions are extreme and damage your relationships and capacity to work. If that is the case, your being is seriously asking for help and it’s vital you get nourishing, wise support for yourself.
5. Menstruation is a place of release that is healing
You have to completely let go, even if it’s only for an hour or two, to access this healing. This will make more and more sense to you if you really let yourself have the full experience of menstruation. What you experience may vary from month to month depending on what is going on in your life.
For example, if you’ve had a very stressful time, you may find in the first few hours of bleeding that you simply can’t move. Don’t move. Be utterly still within the altered state of menstruation—drift, dream, and then watch what happens. Your body is simply doing the work of releasing the build-up of tension from the previous days/weeks. It is a good health maintenance practice and can also ease period pain.
This all adds up to being a health practice par excellence.
If you want to discover even more reasons to practice menstrual cycle awareness, check out our blog 13 reasons to love your menstrual cycle
So what are you waiting for? Get started charting your cycle now and for a embodied approach, try the Women’s Wellbeing course.
About Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are co-founders of The Red School and they teach a radical new approach to women’s health and wellbeing; creativity and leadership; and spiritual life based on the menstrual cycle. You can learn more about your menstrual cycle in Alexandra and Sjanie’s book: Wild Power:discover the magic of your menstrual cycle and awaken the feminine path to power.