Throughout history, menstruation has been censored, condemned to exile, to invisibility and has been treated as dirty and despicable. In some cultures there are superstitions about women in the menstrual phase such as the prohibition of cooking or doing work for fear of bad luck. The Nepali Chaupadi, for example, forces women and girls to leave the village for fear that the village or community will suffer misfortune. Until not long ago in the West, menstruation was a taboo subject, a stigma that we were ashamed of. Today, at last, we can talk about it freely and openly.
This fact has meant that some menstrual disorders such as endometriosis, dysmenorrhea or polycystic ovary syndrome, among others, are relegated due to lack of information or are classified as simple painful rules, when the reality is that they are health problems serious, worsened by the clichés that have been attributed in a simple way to the feminine temperament as incomprehensible and unstable far from our changeable, genuine and of course unique essence.
Understanding that our nature is special is the first step to be able to demystify the labels that have been linked to menstruation, without giving it a clarifying or scientific explanation; moodiness, lack of sexual desire, tiredness, mood swings, physical changes or irritability. Of course, all of them have a clarification that can explain exactly what happens to our hormones at all times, but there is also a mystical sphere regarding our feminine essence.
Our feminine nature is cyclical and is part of our archetypal form. Masculine duality is made up of linear and static forms, or metaphors, of figures like the Sun. Our matter is transformative like the Moon, mysterious, nocturnal, resplendent and also changeable. We are variable beings but this should not be an impediment or something negative or unequal. We can extrapolate in philosophical terms our qualities to other species of the animal or vegetable kingdom that with their metaphysics possess divine and even poetic qualities. Who accuses the tree of being static? Or to the dog of being faithful and noble? Or a feline to be independent and free? Who wants to clip a bird's wings? Who dares to call the thorns of roses evil? Why not embrace our sensitive properties full of possibilities?
In order to lead a more harmonious bodily life, we must accept our body. That fabulous container of skin that allows us to live, play, think, dance, jump, speak, create, imagine, interact, dream, kiss, love, eat, create, enjoy, cry, laugh and much more. This knowledge will allow us to fully inhabit it, enhancing the virtues of each of our bodily states.
Our essence is in tune with nature, so much so that our cycles, which are usually from 21 to 40 days, an allegory with the lunar cycles that are made up of 29 days, when the Moon is reborn leaving behind everything it does not need in order to start a new process. This also happens in our body when we get rid of our egg to transcend again.
Our cycles are made up of 4 phases.
- Menstruation - Luna Nueva - first quarter
- Luna Nueva Pack (10ml) + Vega (50ml)
- Ovulation - Luna Llena and Last Quarter
- The Luteal Phase - Last Quarter and Luna Nueva
From Upani CBD we want to share some data and creative suggestions about the Luna Nueva Phase - first quarter.
In theLuna Nueva- first quarter begins the period, and with it all our progesterone drops, that is why our sexual energy drops, since biologically the "time to procreate" has already passed and, therefore, the animal impulse accommodates with the body rhythm. We are mammals although our human conscience and our intellect distance us from the most primal instincts. We are made for survival. In the new Moon Phase - first quarter the uterine lining that had been prepared for pregnancy sheds and the uterine tissue comes out in the form of bleeding.
This menstrual phase will last between 2 to 7 days, as long as the bleeding lasts in the diversity of bodies. Depending on the duration of our cycles, it may appear more often or more prolonged in time. During this phase, sexual energy and the hormones that drive it, progesterone and estrogen, lower their levels and our entire body concentrates on this task. The cervix is placed in a low position so that the blood can flow and be expelled more easily. Isn't everything that happens in our internal mechanism amazing? It seems incredible that the wisdom and perfection of the female body, which by itself knows what it does not need to reset itself, has been so little praised.
In this phase in the new moon and crescent moon, emotions and feelings become very intense and we are more receptive to everything that happens to us in our environment. A puppy on the street or a sweetened advertisement can be a compelling reason to burst into tears, but why not? We are awake and connected with life and with the emotions that surround us and there is nothing more beautiful. Of course, we feel somewhat uncomfortable in aspects of social life but with the spirit that remains we can carry out some actions such as painting, planting, writing, thinking of new ideas and with them express the ascending energy that circulates within us. in this days.
From Upani we invite you to keep a small record, a lunar diary to be able to appreciate how they manifest in each of the phases. Write the date of the menstrual phase, see how the moon is these days to be able to appreciate which moon I am in rhythm with, see where my hormones are heading and how my heart beats. For example, there are bodies that in this phase have more sexual energy, that is, higher levels of progesterone. You may suffer a lotpremenstrual symptomsand that when the bleeding appears your feeling is one of fullness and relief. For pain, many of our users use Upani to naturally calm the symptoms that occur during this phase or the days before.
Each cycle can be different and special, during menstruation I can feel very happy and enthusiastic and want to share that energy with those around me, have an overwhelming energy or, on the contrary, be more sheltered in my thoughts. In any case, by recording each event you will be able to recognize yourself in each one of them and be different at each moment. Writing down what happens in our guts can be very revealing for oneself. Write it down!
What happens in our body in this phase? What is my sexual desire? How is my appetite? Where do my feelings go? How is the texture of my skin? Do I feel hot or dull? What's my mood? Do I feel sadness or melancholy? Where is my energy? Do I feel anger and desolation? Whatever it is, use it as a creative tool for self-knowledge, without judgment.
I can trace what I feel, use a color to express my affections, compose a verse, write everything. The ascending energy is above and with it we can explore our body, that great unknown. For example, if you stop to see what happens in this phase, you will be able to appreciate that on these nights dreams are clearer and dream episodes are very active and easier to remember. Draw them!
Upani CBD suggests self-care in a playful and cuddly way these days; devise a small ritual for the new Moon Phase - crescent. It is time to give yourself a tribute and as a first gift for this initial phase a few drops of CBD, a warm bath or steam shower, some candles that illuminate the room, turn off the phone and turn on an aroma that occupies everything. Run your little body with your hands, what happens? What does it sound like? What is happening in your belly?
Extend your creativity, perhaps you can decorate yourself with a massage in the lower abdomen area with drops ofcbd oil. Feel everything that is happening, you will notice that the uterus is tense and working hard. Place a bag of seeds with heat, feel that vibration that is very latent, caress it as if it were a purring animal and you will see that this moment is more than deserved. Welcome be.
The society in which we live and its crazy rhythms impose productivity on us above all, so taking a break and pampering ourselves is a small revolutionary act. Our hormones are in turmoil and we physically feel that we are not achieving everything that is required of us. Listen to yourself and, if your body asks you to, lower the gears, it's time to give yourself a break.
It can be a good time to start something, even if it is something minimal and undemanding, a whim that you had pending, a craft, sewing, reading, a few minutes to be present, be with you and with your body. These are days of introspection, of perceiving everything that is happening inside us, we will return to the outside, for now immerse yourself in your internal world. What is that universe like?
You may think that not everyone can afford to spend time blessing themselves, but it only consists of looking for a few minutes, a space for this ceremony in honor of our figure, a time for us. A good delicacy, a smooth movement or absolute rest. Invent and allow yourself that peaceful act to rest your body.
It seems a contradiction to accept our changes as a virtue in a system that forces us to pigeonhole ourselves strictly in sentimental, sexual, professional, personality, character, hobbies, habits and even in our vital decisions. . That is why this mutating quality of our existence has been uncomfortable in our society resistant to change, which constantly tells us that something so natural that happens in our body is something disastrous, instead of respecting it as a fundamental part of our reality.
Menstruation has always had a reputation for being horrifying, painful, uncomfortable and suffering, that is how it is. During those days we feel tired, exhausted and sore. With all this, we do not want to romanticize this fact, simply change the paradigm and all the negative labels that the act of menstruating carries. An essential action that belongs to us and that reminds us that we are alive and that we will no longer be the same on this rising moon.
Sinceupaniwe want to communicate the sacredness of feminine nature, exalt it as an act that links us to life, engine of force and creative power of life, and look for alternatives to make it more creative and loved. Honor that amazing event so ours that in each Moon allows us to transmute and be again.