As woman we are cyclical beings. During the course of approximately 28 days our emotions and bodies change. In the first weeks sexual hormones rise, in the middle we ovulate and we bleed in the last week. Common knowledge.
But we have forgotten how sacred and important this natural cycle is. We think of it as annoying at best and as shameful and painful at worst.
It hasn’t always been this way. Our ancestors (back in the old old days, before most religions started worshipping a male god) used see the period as sacred. The first blood (menarche) was celebrated and bleeding women respected and granted rest.
In those old days all woman menstruated together, mostly at new moon. It was a time of connection between all woman, who often gathered in red tents to rest and renew. The guidance that women received in their dreams during this time was held sacred and essential for the governing of the tribe.
Nowadays we have forgotten the importance of rest during our period and push through it alone rather than listening to our bodies and connecting with other woman. We are told to “get over it”, drug our bodies with pain killers and ignore our needs. In this way we feel alienated from each other and our bodies. We feel like something is wrong with us, like we are flawed. So many of our health issues are linked to this false understanding of our periods.
In our modern day world we have forgotten our natural cycles. Artifishial lights, the pill, stress and medicamentations all disrupt the natural ways of our bodies. This leads to PMS, pain, uncontrollable mood swings and metal health issues. And of course we blame ourselves, thinking that there’s something wrong with us.
But it’s not us. We are fine. It’s the patriarchal system that’s not. Periods are natural and great. Our emotions and bodies are sacred. And we need to reclaim them and our bodies to heal ourselves and äham *smash patriarchy*. This is were self love (and revolution) begins.