At the start of this month (February 2018) we had a big full moon eclipse, and it made me reflect on the significance of cycles. The moon cycles just as all of nature cycles and just as our bodies cycle. Syncing up with our cycles can support and empower us through life and the constant changing world in which we live.
I’ll be honest. I have been feeling really low energy lately. I have been feeling frustrated, wanting to get more done but feeling too tired. I finally told myself, “you know Kayla, it’s okay.” That was relieving. We’re not robots. We’re human beings, and if we feel low energy or if we feel tired, it’s for a good reason. It’s because our body needs something. When we let go of the mindset that we’re not valuable if we’re not productive (which I think is especially common in America), then we can really start to enjoy the downtime that comes with cycles.
Lately, I have been cultivating a greater sense of embodiment through the work I’ve been doing with my physical therapist, with my massage healer, and with my nutritionist. I have been syncing up with my body, and it’s amazing. Sometimes it’s hard in these moments of low energy to surrender to my body and give it what it needs, but when I do, it feels so liberating and enjoyable. I want to encourage each of you to honor your body and take the time you need for yourselves because when we’re rested and truly nourished, we can do a lot better when we’re in a productive mode.
Our world exists in a cyclical nature. Cycles are present in our lifespan from childhood to adolescence to adulthood and our elder years. They are present daily, monthly, yearly, and on, and on… Rather than feeling helpless at the mercy of the cycle, in this post I want to show you how to work with nature’s cycles rather than against them to support your life and whatever you desire to create.
In Ayurveda, our day is a cycle divided into different elements. Kapha is water and body, and this is from 6:00–10:00 a.m. Pitta, which is fire, is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a good time for productivity. It’s when your digestion is at its greatest, so it’s good to eat a big lunch if you’re working within the Ayurveda philosophy. Vata, which is air, is from 2:00–6:00 p.m. It’s a good time for thinking, writing, and using your brain. Then it cycles back to Kapha from 6:00–10:00 p.m.
We can create a greater sense of stability and ease for ourselves through awareness. Acknowledging how you feel in the mornings and in the afternoons, and creating rituals and habits like meditation, journaling, and having regular meal times will support you. For instance, I’m very airy in general, which means I have a vata tendency. I can get very airy in the afternoons and go into mental swirls, so I know this is a time when I need to find balance and do something intentional for my body to sync with my cycle.
Tracking your cycles is a really effective way of syncing with them. I learned this from Kate Northrup, and she provided an amazing tracking sheet, but you don’t need a fancy sheet to do this. You just need to take some time at the end of every day to rate your energy level. Take a moment now to open your journal and score your energy on a scale from 1 to 10. What phase of your cycle are you in today? What phase is the moon in? Write down any notable details about the day. When I started tracking these things, I noticed a new sense of control over my energy and my life. This gave me a sense of predictability. (Kate says that our brains, especially as mothers, thrive on predictability).
There is an amazing app called MyFlo for period tracking. It’s $1.99 in the app store, and it’s completely worth it. It tells you about what types of foods you can eat that will support you during your cycle. It tells you about what kinds of hormones are happening. It gives you tips for how to tailor your love and sex life to match where your body is at. It’s a tool that can help you understand your cycle and more easily sync with it, and I highly recommend it.
I started reading the book Her Blood is Gold by Lara Owen. It’s about the magic of a woman’s menstrual period. In many cultures, this was a time when women could come together and connect with one another and with their spirits in a much deeper way. As a result, a lot of spiritual wisdom would come through for the whole community. It showed me that this is a sacred time of reverence, and it helped me really come into a place of respect for my body.
It’s getting close to that time now. My period isn’t here yet, but I’m so excited for it to come because I understand what happens in my body. It’s a potent time to reflect on past cycles. It’s a time for introspection. By slowing down and looking inward at this point in our cycle, we can get so much more done when it shifts into productivity mode. Step into the next phase with an attitude of reverence and with a greater sense of awareness. Then you can learn how to work with your cycle rather than against it.
IDENTIFY HOW TO THRIVE
Now that you are more aware of your cycles, it is a good time to make a list of what you may need. As you track, consider what you created in your last cycle and if there’s anything that isn’t working in your life that you want to shift or change. By recognizing that the only constant is change, we can create comfort through a sense of predictability, which empowers us to thrive at any point in our cycle.
In Your Moon Blood Cycle
When empowered by an attitude of reverence, you can start to learn what is needed in the distinct phases of our cycles and what our strengths are in each phase. In the moon blood cycle, there is going to be a time when we have a greater capacity for socializing and networking during the ovulation phase. After that, our hormones are optimized to do a lot of finishing, tying up loose ends, and getting organized. Then there is the menstrual period which is the time of rest, rejuvenation, and spiritual depths. The next phase is best suited for preparation and planning.
In Your Nutrition
One thing I’ve been finding lately is that my food is my medicine, and I can get to know the cycles of my body a lot better when I’m eating clean. If someone just handed you a pill, you wouldn’t just eat it unless you knew what was in it. So, when you’re about to eat something, think about what’s in it because it’s really going to affect you even if you don’t think it will. Pay attention to how you feel during and after eating. If you are trying to change your diet, you will find that what you’re eating actually does affect you, and it can be positive or negative.
Knowing how your foods affect you is also going to help you have more power over your life because you can tailor what you’re feeling with what you need to eat and what your body needs. When I’m eating things that are difficult for my body to handle and process, that just adds more stress, and things become more unpredictable. When I’m consistently eating clean, it’s easier to get in sync with those cycles.
PRACTICE & FIND SUPPORT
An effective way to sync up with your cycles and with where you are right now is to pause and take some deep breaths into your belly. Really feel what’s present in your body. You can do that at any time. Try to become aware of where you are in your cycle, whatever that particular cycle is.
Let’s practice for a moment. Rest your hands on your lap. Take some deep breaths. Breathe into your belly, feeling it expand and release. Become aware of the fact that we just had a full moon. Notice the year that it is, and the month, and the day. Become aware of where you are right now in your cycle. Breathe into all of that awareness. Invite in a sense of reverence, wonder, and curiosity. Bring in awareness of your age and stage of life you’re in right now. If you have children or if you’re pregnant, bring awareness to your children and your family. They, too, are part of the cycle of your lifespan.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that it’s helped you to sync up with that cyclical nature of our world with greater ease. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear them.
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I hope you are having a beautiful month and bring a focus to syncing up with your cycles this month. Namaste. The light in me honors the light and teacher in you.
This post has been adapted from a guided meditation video that I created on the full moon of February 1, 2018. If you’d like to watch that video for a more direct guided meditation experience, you can view it here.