Each of us women has that special time of the month when she is menstruating. Most of us have been brought up fearing or hating our periods. And that’s true, it is rather difficult to be happy about your period if you look at it strictly from the physiological point of view. All those cramps, headaches, nausea, hunger, lack of energy, and other common symptoms of PMS are not the most pleasant things in the world.
Unfortunately, that is how women view their menstruation – as an ailment that makes them weak. Most women really hate their period. For some, it is a reason to hate their bodies. Some women hate their menstrual cycle so much, they even start wishing they were born men, not women.
That’s what I thought before I started digging deeper into the essence of women and our spirituality. I must say that it was rather an unexpected journey for me. I have always been fascinated by legends and mythology and have always found solace in nature. I have never been religious, but paganism has always been very attractive for me.
My journey to recognizing a Woman within started when I was reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. When I started reading, it was just another mythology-based fantasy book for me. I used to devour those during that time of my life. However, in the process of reading, it turned out to be so much more than just another book from my shelf.
Thanks to it, I have discovered the concept of Divine Woman in each of us. This compelling story, full of wisdom and mystery, helped me to understand that I have a purpose in this world and that I am not alone. Each of us is a member of the worldwide community of women. Even if you feel lonely, it is not so. Each of us is supported by Our Great Mother, the Goddess. If you are feeling lonely nonetheless, try meditating at the Moon. It can show you the secrets you have never imagined.
After all, we are connected to the Moon. This connection can be seen in our menstrual cycle. The Moon is a source of women’s power and mystery. At the same time, it affects us a lot, much more than men. That is why women are so susceptible to the changes of the Moon phases.
Women are just like the Moon. We have similar phases, each month and throughout all our life. Just like the moon, our energy waxes and wanes, reaching its maximum during ovulation and falling to its minimum during menstruation. Each woman should understand that our period is an inseparable part of our feminine nature. After all, our menstrual cycle gives us the ability to give birth, to create new life. Does not that ability make each of us divine?
When you have accepted the true nature of your period, it will be much easier to endure all those unpleasant symptoms of PMS. They may even disappear completely when you accept them as your friends, not foes, and stop hating them. After all, menstruation is not that terrible, especially with all the modern stuff like menstruation cups and the best period pants.
I have some advice on what every woman should do during her period to feel better: