Thriving in the Second Spring of Menopause
Menopause is such a shamed and unspoken experience for many generations of women who receive the messaging that it’s not possible to thrive post menopause, and that ageing is a terrible thing. Whilst it can bring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experiences that are unpleasant, menopause is not the end of the road.
My guest Kate Codrington is a few years post menopause and is here to tell us that its possible to feel well, enjoy life and flourish on the other side of our menstrual cycling years. In her new book ‘Second Spring: The Self-Care Guide to Menopause’ Kate helps us re-frame menopause and brings the radical notion that with small changes and a clear-eyed look at what’s no longer serving you, you can reclaim your vitality and joy in life.
What You’ll Learn
How Kate connects with her cyclical nature whilst in menopause, once her menstrual cycle has ended for good, via the creative, daily, lunar and seasonal cycles.
How seasonal awareness is deeply supporting Kate during menopause and how she knows which seasonal energy she is in at any time by checking inwards to how she feels in her body.
Real-world examples of how Kate embodies her inner energy when not able to sync with her menstrual cycle anymore.
The concept, beauty and gift of understanding the Second Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in the second half of life between menopause and death.
The absolute gift of Yoga Nidra and its medicine for menopause, and her free recordings you can access on her website.
About her new book ‘Second Spring: the self-care guide to Menopause’ which guides women to thrive during a culturally shamed season of life.
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Kate is a mentor, speaker, facilitator, artist, writer and has been a therapist for 30 years. A pioneering spirit, Kate was the first to graduate as a Menstruality Medicine Circle facilitator, is the host of Life – An Inside Job podcast, created the multi-level art textile project The Pants of Empowerment and Threads of Friendship, and creates seasonal Yoga Nidra inspired by the land where she lives in Hertfordshire. With Leora Leboff she co-founded Woman Kind facilitating retreats for menstruating and menopausal folk to build more kindness into their lives. When she’s not doing these things you’ll find her playing in her compost heaps.
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What does money have to do with the menstrual cycle? It’s surprising how much! This week’s guest on Wild Flow Podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux is Cathy Lemire, The Menstrual Money Coach, is here to help us connect the dots between how our menstrual cycle influences our relationship, behaviours and attitudes around money, understand how our money stories play up across the phases of our cycle, and to take charge of our wealth!
You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?