Celebrating the Moon

tumblr_mmy7a4siVI1rtp2uuo1_500Taproot is a celebration of the childbearing season. But it is also a celebration of the wisdom of our female bodies, and their most feminine attributes, throughout our lives.

In honor of this, I am thrilled to share a glimpse of Joanne Ameya Cohen’s awesome wisdom and her most recent video (Woman Rising TV, how genius is that!) Please take a second to watch and listen while she teaches us to celebrate a monthly event that most of us have learned to dread, or avoid altogether.

As women we have learned to dread our periods so much that we use pharmaceuticals to get rid of our bleeding time completely. I remember first seeing tv commercials for the birth control pill Seasonique. Freedom! Go on vacation, play tennis and ride a bike whenever you want to without a messy hormonal disaster on your hands.

But what wisdom does our cycle have to teach us?

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First of all, why does Joanne call it our MOON cycle?

In a healthy, well-rested and well-nourished woman of childbearing age, her menstrual cycle will mirror the cycles of the moon. The ripe, wild, full moon signifies the fertile and fruitful ovulation stage, and the quiet and dark new moon initiates menstruation. Indeed, the fruitful nature of the full moon extends into late pregnancy, a ripe window when many women’s bodies initiate labor (any midwife, doula or L&D nurse is all-too familiar with this phenomenon).

Many women suffer from premenstrual symptoms … bloating and fatigue, moodiness (sometimes rage), a sense of melancholy, and sugar cravings. As Joanne teaches, the masculine energy of our society and economy teaches us to repress or sublimate the negative aspects of our feminine nature. We are taught to WORK THROUGH fatigue, to REPRESS negative emotions, and to DISTRACT our body’s innate signals with reliance on caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other substances.

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Over time, our bodies’ signals change from tiny bells to screaming sirens. By the time it is too late, our bodies have become seriously out of balance. This imbalance manifests as DISEASE (dis-EASE). In our female bodies, out-of-balance becomes thyroid dysfunction, fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts, endometriosis, infertility, cancer and other disorders. In our minds it becomes insomnia, depression, anxiety and uncontrollable anger (sound familiar?).

IT’S OK TO SLOW DOWN.

Friends, it is so hard to learn but so important to try … it’s ok to slow down. Let the moon teach us … it’s ok to be quiet. Feeling moody, self-focused or introverted for a couple of days each month does not make you weak. Resting, reflecting, and “tuning-in” to your body, mind and heart for a couple of days each month is a worth-while investment into yourself and your future health.

Maybe one day we can learn to look forward to, and celebrate, our moon. ❤

Love, Kate

{To learn more about Joanne’s work and sample some more of her awesome wisdom, please visit her website at http://www.joanneameyacohen.com.}

ESSENTIAL READING: FEMININE HEALTH & WISDOM

Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup

Anatomy of the Spirit, by Carolyn Myss

 The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

ALSO BY JOANNE

Plant Therapy for Postpartum Peace of Mind

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