What if your menstrual cycle was a gift, rather than a burden?
After years of being on the contraceptive pill, it was nothing short of a revelation when I stopped taking it a number of years ago and began to experience a natural cycle for the first time in over a decade. Suddenly I had this whole new body: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, creatively, sexually, everything shifted week-to-week. With zero clue what a true menstrual cycle felt like, let alone an understanding of how to ride these rhythms of my inner seasons, I felt like I was four different women a month — and I wasn’t sure that was a good thing. Oh, and seriously… what the heck is ovulation?!
I began to track my cycle, researching and reading and leaning into this whole new world of womanhood which had opened up before my eyes. I realised that there were weeks when my creativity soared and there were others when the words didn’t come so easily. There were weeks when I’d smash my to-do list, bust it out at the gym, head out for dinner and do it all over again the next day… and then there were days when time off everything was best.
By learning how to work my menstrual magic and structure my life around these changes, not only did my life begin to flow better, but I began to sew together all of the important bits of healing work I’d been doing for the past few years, resulting in a deep and rich acceptance of my body and womanhood, in a way I hadn’t yet experienced. I wondered: why weren’t more people talking about this? Well… we’re not taught to talk about our menstrual cycle are we? Let alone adore it. And yet...