the wheel of the year asks us to pay close, meaningful attention to the ever-turning seasons of the year, and invites us into a mindfulness practice of observing the 8 traditionally honoured sabbats.
Occurring every 6 weeks all year long, it’s amazing to realise that we don’t just have four seasons, there are actually 8 different energies at play. And where I live, the traditional custodians of the land, the Gundungurra people know there to be 6 seasons in the year.
In ancient times and traditional cultures, people lived in alignment with the 8 seasonal sabbats (festivals) of the year. Its how farmers knew when to plant, harvest and leave the earth bare. It’s how people knew when to tend the land, harvest fruits, and preserve stores ahead of a long winter. Nowadays we have lost this connection to the land because we don’t need it to survive: instead we can get food all year round, flown in from anywhere, so we never have to care for the land and what we need.
Traditional ways like this have been eroded by industrialisation, in search of what’s cheapest and most convenient. But this comes at a great cost. The soils are depleted, we are not getting the nourishment we need, climate change is almost at the breaking point of no return, and we are seeing extinctions at an unbelievable rate.
All because we forgot that we ARE nature: inside and out.
When we lose sight of ourselves as nature, we forget that we have inner seasons, we change everyday, and that this is a biological process necessary for our health and vitality.
how does the universe and cosmos, the earth, our environment and the people around us influence our menstrual cycle and menopause experience? As within, so without, as above, so below. My guest Tracey Stevens is an emotional root cause health practitioner and sees a strong connection between the universal flow and chaos around us playing out in human health – which can impact our menstrual health and menopause.
Juicy, rich, evocative, inspiring and nurturing all in one. I chatted with my mentor and friend Claire Baker, Women’s Coach and Menstrual Cycle Awareness Teacher to share our love of the Enchantress Archetype, and as I put it, “she’s kind of a vibe we want to be calling into our businesses”. This is one of my favourite episodes of my wild flow podcast.
INTUITION….. WHAT IS IT?
“GUT INSTINCT”, “HUNCH” OR “A DEEP KNOWING” ARE WAYS ITS BEEN DESCRIBED BEFORE.
To me, intuition is a body-based knowing that may have an awareness that our mind can’t reach or explain, and it often knows our absolute truth when our mind is. trying to keep us fitting in and safe.
You know, that feeling you get in your body that tells you whether something feels really good, or if it’s making us nervous? The body is very clever – it gives us messages about what we really think is good or bad, right or wrong for us.
This inner knowing is very powerful to cultivate. It’s the body’s way of speaking to us, communicating how we really feel about something. How WE really feel… not anyone else.
It’s like our inner compass, our Sat Nav, our Google Maps. It’s telling us the way to go, or whether to say “Yes” or “No”. It’s always there inside us, guiding us. Sometimes it’s a whisper and we struggle to hear it, and sometimes it’s SO LOUD we really can’t ignore it even if we try to.
Empowering people through their very first period, their Menarche rite of passage is very special, powerful work that I love to do in my First Moon Circles, and Facilitator Training.
I spoke with Donna Raymond on Wild Flow Podcast in episode 20 because she is someone who is equally passionate about this work. Donna recently celebrated her eldest daughter’s Menarche in a stunning ceremony, and has written a book for Mothers so that they can guide their own children through such a pivotal time.
We spoke about
The importance of Menarche in a young woman’s life,
The connection to blood and cyclic wisdom, lineage and personal power.
We also share about the beautiful content that Donna has created for her first book, ‘Maiden – A Mother’s Guide to Puberty and Menarche as a Sacred Rite of Passage’
Healing a Broken Motherline by exploring your Rites of Passage with Rowena Hobbins In this episode, I chatted with dear friend of mine, women’s Life Coach, Sacred Circle Facilitator, Intuitive […]
Its day one of your bleed: what do you do? A) feel irritated, because it’s an inconvenience but you’re gonna push on ahead just as you had planned anyway because you’ve got a big day ahead and time waits for no man.
B) think hmmm right, so life can’t stop just because I’m bleeding – but how on earth am I going to get through this period with all the things going on???
C) Most plans go on hold, because as a sovereign woman who honours her bleeding time its important to you. You know that you’ll feel infinitely better long term if you give yourself a chance to rest, restore and replenish at the start of a new cycle.
Whatever you answered, I really invite you to think, what would your absolute best Cycle Day 1-2 look like to you?
If you were fully supported and prepared, how would you most love to experience your period? What would you do, where would you be, and who with, if anyone?
MCA is the spiritual practice of consciously having a period, and a whole menstrual cycle beyond just that.
It’s the daily noticing, the observing, of how you experience your cycle, that brings you deep knowing, greater trust in your body, and incredible opportunities for healing.
And once you notice the patterns that emerge across each day, week, month of your menstrual cycle, you unlock the riches within.
Understanding what your own unique experience of your own unique cycle looks and feels like sets you up with the most exquisite of self-care tools possible.