Each month, a woman’s body has the ability to cleanse and rejuvenate itself through her menses. It use to be in traditional cultures, that women would menstruate together during the dark night of the new moon. During this time they would gather to support one another in a journey of deep introspection.
It is natural that during the night of the dark moon a woman feels naturally inclined to look within the silence that exists inside her self. Gradually each month a woman feels attuned to turn her attention inward. This cyclical sway of emotion exists inside each woman to cause her to wax and wane between experiences of self-inquiry and interactions with the external world.
It is interwoven within a woman’s DNA to be an emotional being that fluctuates in emotional experience. This emotion is what makes her so beautiful. It births her psychic nature, attunement with the cosmos, intuition and empathy.
Modern times have demanded that many of us turn our backs on this beautiful process. It is interesting that the very thing that makes a woman sacred, is culturally viewed as an inconvenience. This has made many young women ashamed, and even disgusted by her own natural bodily processes. It has also left a wake of confusion regarding the emotional rhythm a woman experiences every month.
In Ayurveda, the shakti prana of every woman exists in her womb. Her strength is found here and affects her on every level of her health. The cycles, the wax and wane, the natural emotional flow of the female is regarded as sacred. During the new moon time, the natural period of menstruation, when a woman journeys inward is valued as such. Each month a woman is invited to take advantage of her sacred time of natural purification by going inward, extending her meditation, refraining from intense activities, and allowing herself to rest.
When we do not take advantage of this time, we threaten the vital shakti prana that exists inside us. We disturb our energy levels and we step out of sync with the natural harmony that attempts to guide us. How often as women do we ignore the call to just rest? How many of us as women ignore our menstrual cycles and pretend it is not happening, perceive it as an inconvenience, and tend to business as usual?
Do we allow ourselves to break, or do we keep up with our rigorous exercise programs, work and family obligations? Do we honor menstrual cramps or pains or do we sneer at the inconvenience and reach for pain medications? Most importantly, do we have support from the community around us? Do the men in our lives honor us? Do the sisters in our lives commune with us?
Every month, a woman has the natural ability to shed toxins, emotions, and physical blocks that no longer serve her. Her body cleanses and rejuvenates itself during her menses, during the period of the dark moon.
The full moon also has its energetic advantages. It calls us forth to activity, ceremony, new projects, overcoming obstacles, and using external energy. It is during this period that I invite you to participate with me in some sadhanas that take advantage of this energy.