From being laughed at for the blood stain on the back of our shorts to starting our period mid-sex with an adolescent boy, we have likely been taught through many experiences and social cues that our periods are dirty, disgusting and shameful. At best, our cycles are meant to be kept to ourselves and plugged up by highly chemically scented tampons that disconnect us from our flow and allow us to “live like a man” and “not let our period stop us”. This brainwashing is the very thing that reinforces the disconnection of womxn from their sacred cycles and rhythms. Further isolating us from accessing the power of our intuition, connection to nature and sacred power of our bodies.
KNOWING and EMBRACING our moon cycle (period) empowers us to live our lives in flow with our natural energy levels which are always in flux. Womxn are experiencing a life/death/rebirth cycle every single month. For that reason, it is important that we get to know our monthly energy levels so that we can live in feminine flow instead of the paradigm of the masculine PUSH.
Many of the systems that we have all bought into and operate inside of out of necessity were not created for femme (or black, or borwn, or indigenous) bodies. These systems were made to suit rich, white, men, and so it’s no wonder womxn struggle to force themselves into these rigid structures. What if we could live our lives according to our sacred rhythms? Listening to the deep wisdom of our bodies. Resting when we needed to rest, creating when we were ready to create, making love when we were fertile and juicy. All of it. THAT is what happens when we begin to make contact with our cycles & rhythms. THAT is the essence of the femme paradigm. Flow, yielding, variance, honoring of what IS moment by moment.
PATTERNS I NOTICE IN WOMXN:
We push down and demonize our cycles.
We are trying to be “good men” and so we try to make our cycles as hidden as possible.
We have adopted the belief that our cycles are “gross” and so we’ve disowned them.
We talk shit on our PMS CYCLES and try to numb out symptoms instead of working with the shadow/death cycle as an opportunity for growth.