Before I begin, I want to say that this article is not off limits to men. You are most welcome.
I had a different plan for what I would going to write about today. But I ran across this article that I feel plopped from the sky and into my lap when I needed it the most. The article describes the monthly cycle in a very illuminating way and I wish all women would read it to understand themselves better and to appreciate how connected they really are with nature and the movement of the universe. I encourage guys to read this as well. The article is a guide that lists the things a woman can do to take care of herself during different phases in her monthly cycle. But it might be illuminating for you gents because it could shed light on the shifts in women’s energy that a lot of you find confusing.
First of all, to maintain the author’s credit, here is the article written by Star Despres, the author of blog, Divine Star.
I’m familiar with how the phases of the feminine cycle reflect the seasons in nature. What had me searching online was the fact that I could feel my inner autumn coming after glowing in my spring.
I was getting lazy and intense self-reflection was coming on – often with a negative twinge, like the fiery orange that you find on the edges of falling leaves. Self-care! What could I do for myself at this time as my body prepared to exit this cycle and enter a new one.
Star’s article not only helped me navigate my fragile autumn, but also confirmed my experience of the other seasons, my spring, summer and winter. Many of her suggestions were so yummy that I couldn’t wait to experience the other seasons, to embrace what they bring to me, with the help of her fresh perspective.
I’ve been open to my inner seasons for the past year, observing what they mean. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of women (and men) are not aware that the changes that happen inside a women are of a spiritual nature if, and only if, she remains present and opens up to what they might bring. The she-cycle is a vital connection to the movement of the universe.
What our fast-paced world pressures us ladies to do is to scoop up the glorious transformations that happen inside us, with all of their physical and emotional manifestations, and normalize them so that they are all one single thread of sameness, one acceptable state of being. We pop Midols and Iboprufens to quiet the pain of our periods. We are pressured to remain positive. Happy. Normal. We are asked to be consistent like men.
Perhaps masculine spirituality represents constancy, commitment, reliability, forward-ness, onward-ness…but it’s not the same for women. Our spirituality represents creation, movement that is not necessarily in a linear direction. Creation requires constant rebirth and rebirth requires constant shedding. And shedding is painful. And beautiful. The Earth experiences this rebirth everyday.
I want to encourage women to slowly, gently, open up to their monthly cycle. Be curious. Record what you feel. Resist the urge to “alleviate” or forget “Symptoms”. And read Star’s article. It’s very helpful!
Ladies what are your thoughts? And gents, how do you relate to this? What is the masculine aspect of your spirituality?