I wish I had this book when I began my menstruating journey. :-)
I had no idea that my cycle and all of those hormones could be worked with and not pushed down because they were in the way. I suppose they can be worked with in term of over the counter medicines and pills, but this book is much, much deeper than that. It takes my passion for Eastern Thought, Macrobiotics, and Chinese Medicine and applies it to what women have known for ages. There is a mental, emotional and spiritual component with each phase of our cycle. When we learn to embrace it, our physical body is so happy!! Each phase of our cycle has a dedicated chapter and I was completed blown away by the distinct needs of each. Regarding the fatigue we feel in days 1-5, generally the onset of menstruation, the author says this.
"Ignoring this desire for rest overrides your intuition. It’s a subtle form of self-abuse, disconnecting body from spirit…You are a quiet force of nature on Day 1-a tsunami of intuitive power. Don’t squander this strength with distractions. Stay home, find solitude, relax, and reap the rewards of not doing, but being."
"In order for you to be vibrant all cycle long, there’s got to be yin to the yang."
And when it comes to PMS they turn it on its heels by this perspective. The more I think about it the more they are so right!!!
"You know how most of us women were brought up to be sweet little peacekeepers? How, if you didn’t have anything nice to say, it’s better to not say anything at all? That crap just doesn’t apply to pre-menstruation…What am I not saying that needs to be said?…Acting on the answers…will not only relieve your premenstrual symptoms, but it will also change your relationships…"
WOW! SNAP! KABOOM!
Oh yes. I’m getting it. I am seeing the beautiful cycle and going with it.
I am so grateful for the wonderful wisdom from women in this world.