Every month, the Deep Luteal Inner Critic illuminates what you may have glossed over in high-flying Ovulation. You get the chance to withdraw and see things from a different perspective - things you may love can even feel cumbersome. As difficult as this might feel, I like to think of this as the antidote to sweeping things under the proverbial rug. It is a blessing, a super power and...kinda tough to navigate.
Menopausal women will recognize this as the ‘take-no-shit’ mentality that becomes harder to deny on their beautiful journey to Crone wisdom. Listen to that powerful woman, she is calling you to live your most authentic life.
Non-cycling people may feel this in the Autumn or Winter each year and with
the darkness of the New Moon each month.
The Inner Critic is the Truth Teller, she’s not sugar coating or messing around. She is looking out for you and has your best interest at heart….but she seems kinda mean sometimes.
What I found while sitting in the rawness of my Deep Luteal Phase is that the voice of the Inner Critic is actually the amplification of painful, limiting beliefs - unconscious resistance to my own desires brought to light. That is empowering because when you realize that these things are being brought up to get your attention - that they are coming up to be released, that this is FOR you - this monthly experience can feel much more empowering.
Harness the power of your Divine Feminine cyclical nature.
As a cyclical being, one who flows with Mother Nature, you have inner (Menstrual) and outer (Seasonal, Astrological, etc.) rhythms that can guide you through an intentional life. If you're already working with a Bleed List (A Better Feeling To-Do List), this will be an added tool.
This practice draws you into the present moment, allows you to weigh all energies and helps you decide what is best for you.
Example: You may typically feel a lot of energy and extroversion while Ovulating so you plan a big party for that time in your cycle. When the day comes, you unexpectedly dread a house full of people and want to curl up on the couch. This may be because it is a New Moon and in the middle of Winter.
Becoming aware of how your Menstrual Cycle feels through the changing seasons and astrological events will help you plan for the most inspired action.
Teas to sip through your cycle.
Here are a few of my favorites menstrual cycle-supporting, herbal teas from Mountain Rose Herbs, Yerba Buena Tea Company, Psychic Teaz and Tea Grotto. Visiting any of their sites and shops will take you down a rabbit hole of shopping cart-filling wonder - enjoy!
The Menstrual Phase
More Love Teaz from Psychic Teaz
A cup of compassion, packed with hormonal helpers and feel-good herbs to sip in your menstrual cave. Open your heart, melt mental walls, propagate joy, happiness and bliss!
Ingredients: Chia, Parsley, Fennel, Red Beet, Damiana, Cinnamon
Live in the flow - do what feels right, when it feels right - for the most inspired outcomes.
Learn how to organize your to-do list by following the Moon or your Menstrual Cycle, its called a Bleed List! To use a Bleed List, first become acquainted with your inner and outer cycles, highlighted on The My Moon Magic Women's Health Blog and in The Manifesting with the Moon Guide.
Checking things off a To-Do List can feel so good...but does that looming list of a thousand "shoulds" stress you out when you're just not in the mood? For Divine Feminine and cyclical beings, the practice of keeping a Bleed List is a much more efficient way to follow inspiration.
Here is her incredible menstrual story...
"I went 12 years without a period. My birth control at the time stopped me from having it. Society and the messages I received from the world was that it was a good thing to not have a period. That it is dirty, undesirable and I shouldn’t want one.
Nearly three years ago I went to Bali and in a women’s circle I learned the power of my cycle and the wisdom I carry in my womb. I heard a calling to welcome her back and she came. I had the IUD removed and my period came back. I listened as she whispered 'Slow down, I want to show you how to receive and be creative in your own right...' I felt like my womanhood was complete and I was finally allowed to be proud, open and talk about the wisdom we receive from living in alignment with, acceptance of, and even celebrating our cycle.
As I near 45 this year, my period has disappeared again. I feel a season ending and a new one about to begin. There is a new feeling rising as I make room for more growth and surrender into what is happening in my body.. She has loved and supported me through so much. I haven’t always treated her with love and respect. I haven’t always spoken lovingly to her. I haven’t always listened to what she needed... But I listen now for what wisdom comes to me by way of patience, acceptance and grace. I have no control. I need only listen. I need only speak from my heart and respect what comes back with open mind.
This body has been a safe harbor for me through thick and thin. It’s time for me to rest. And time to listen.
I am home. And I love me. *ALL OF ME*
My Moon Magic supports all things Meditation + Women's Health. This interesting topic is about a life-changing question that was normalized for me in a course called Embody Your Flow by Cree Cox. At the beginning of every menstrual cycle education class, each woman would share...
Vulnerable, right?! But so very liberating and educational. I don't regularly ask women about their cervical positioning or fluid but I do ask all of my friends and clients "Where are you in your cycle?" and share where I am in mine to create the best experiences.
Did you know that you can completely heal the negative side effects of PMS by eating according to your menstrual cycle?
The very accessible book, Woman Code, teaches just that and CHANGED MY LIFE! The author, Alisa Vitti, keeps it real...Drink too much on New Years? Overdose on birthday cake at the office? Eat lots of fiber and take B vitamins the next day!