Reveal Yourself - Strength Rises
“The psyches and souls of women have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place…” Clarissa Pinkola Estes
It’s obvious that we can’t be overflowing with creativity all the time. But still, I am disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Because I get wrapped up in a constant productivity mode. Today I was just tired from that mindset and way of being. A friend reminded me that it might be the time of my cycle to rest and listen for the deep magic.
Oh yeah! Unbelievably, I am still surprised when I feel tired, cranky or especially needy – on a very regular, monthly basis.
“Much of modern woman’s premenstrual crankiness is not just a physical syndrome but it equally attributable to her being thwarted in her need to take enough time away to revivify and renew herself.”
For me, I draw strength from a deep knowing of myself. I cultivate this with physical practice, breath awareness and deep listening. What I want to add to this is a practice of honoring and moving in harmony with my cycles as a woman.
“In order to converse with the wild feminine, a woman must temporarily leave the world and inhabit a state of aloneness in the oldest sense of the word. Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one, meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one. It is the cure for the frazzled state so common to modern women…”
In honor of my own cyclical nature, for the next week or so, I am going to explore writing and posting about how to use practice to stay connected, to regenerate, to listen to the call of the magic within.
Today’s practice is an old favorite. After my 2 c-sections I have areas of my belly that don’t feel connected to my brain anymore. This practice helps me bring awareness and love to my belly. The kids think it’s pretty funny, and it also gets the digestion moving. Nauli is abdominal churning ideally practiced in the morning before your belly is full of food.