A wonderful documentary called ‘The Moon Inside You’ by Slovak director Diane Fabiánová is now available online to stream for free. This is a great piece of work which looks at how something as natural as Menstruation became a taboo subject. The documentary offers a variety of opinions in terms of medicine, sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology and sociology. It has some wonderful interviews including the premenstrual video diary of eleven-year-old Dominica, in which she shares her impressions, feelings and knowledge associated with the monthly cycle. It is so interesting to see the imprinting that happens at Menarche, an initiatory time where the messages we receive set the feeling tone for our menstruating lives. (It is possible to reset this with a Menarche ceremony – if it was less than you would have wished for at the time.)
As women, our menstrual cycle is our hard wiring, an inner compass to navigate our depths as women. We live in a society that is ‘on’ 24/7 and for the most part we are expected to follow and fit in with the 24/7 culture, with no honouring of this inner eb and flow. Our cycle gives us guidance as to when we should rest, when we can do that little bit more, plus a connection to our deep intuition, where we just ‘know’ stuff.
The rhythm within is as unique as we all are, and our integral biology (our enviroment, lifestyle etc.) can have an impact on this rhythm in addition to our physiological biology. Sometimes it takes a little practice to tune in to feel this rhythm and hear what it is telling us. In many ways this act of tuning in is the first remedy if you are experiencing difficulty with your cycle in the form of pain, irregularity or pathology.
If you are interested in how cycle wisdom can enhance your health, reduce stress, give insight and re-connection to yourself as an intuitive cycling woman please get in touch. I am a Menstruality mentor and coach and can help you reconnect to your natural rhythms and harness your female power.
For those that do not have a cycle or are post menopausal this work can bring great healing and context to your experience – no one is left out.