Menopausal Mind… Forever Young

I recall during pregnancy having lapses of memory that were blamed upon the Mommy Mind and the hormones of pregnancy. Here I am at 50 and I am wondering about my menopausal mind. I was keeping track of 2 weeks time to remember to stop and say goodbye to a friend who leaves for the winter. The day I planned to stop and hug her goodbye I find I am 1 week late. How DID I lose track of a whole week?

I asked my dear male partner in rhetorical humor:

“Why can’t I go back to 20?”

To which he replied with his hand over my heart:

“You are always 20 in your heart.”

Funny, but not in my head!

ME hands on my head

I would take memory herbs… IF I could remember to take them. Seriously, I am not that bad, just sad about not saying goodbye.

So I remind myself of the beauty of the Menopausal Years:

At menarche a woman enters her power, 
                      Through menstruation she practices her power, 
                           At menopause she becomes her power.
                                                                              Native American Wisdom

Later that day, while driving to pick up my kids at school, I am blessed by this song on the radio: (I am pretty certain the universe was telling me all will be OK.)

Forever Young
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young,…
About those menopausal years… If you have followed the last 2 years of the Red Tent Summit, then you are wise to the empowerment of female energy spreading in our world. I was invited to share my Wise Woman Wisdom as one of female presenters in February 2016’s Womb-Wise Circle for Red Tent Summit 2016! 
I am honored and excited to share my years of wisdom as a
  • Female,
  • RN,
  • Health & Wellness/Fitness Educator, and
  • Natural Healing Wise Woman Nurse with the world.

If you have not watched the Red Tent Summit in 2014 and 2015, I invite and encourage you to do so in 2016. Red Tent Summit

Blessings of Love, Peace, and healing energy, Paula
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Things I Worry About as a Mom AND Random Thoughts On Female Anatomy & Sensuality

mom and boys

Things I Worry About As A Mom

  • Will my boys eat whole foods when they fly the coop and maintain the cellular healthy eating habits I have taught them,
  • Texting drivers on the road when my kids (and everyone else’s kids) are out riding their bikes,
  • The fact that my kids rarely go out on their bikes 😦 ,
  • I have brought 2 males into this world and will I let loose 2 more males who are clueless about female sensual anatomy and pleasure? (Trust me there are more worries but I will stop here for now.)

Which leads me to…

Random Thoughts on Female Anatomy and Sensuality

uterus divine

Much to my kid’s humorous despair, yes, we talk about these things at the dinner table: female anatomy and sensuality, being good partners in a relationship, etc.

holding hands     female male symbols

Which of course brings up their ever present questions: “Why can’t you be a normal Mom? Do you think other families have these dinner time discussions?”

To which I reply… “Other people’s dinner time discussions are not my concern. I want to make certain I send happy, healthy males out into this world who will appreciate and love up their women.”

When I was 20 years old I took my first job in OB/GYN nursing working as an office nurse for a fine ON/GYN Doc. I fell in love with Maternity Nursing. Wait, who am I trying to kid? As a student nurse watching my first delivery, I fell in love with Maternity Nursing, but I did my obligatory time, one year as a Med/Surg Nurse, to sharpen all my nursing skills.

I have always been amazed at the miracle of life: two half cells (egg and sperm) come together and create one whole cell. This one cell splits and divides billions and billions of times to create each and every organ system (200 different types of cells doing different jobs in the body!). Does this not amaze you?

Another thing that fascinated me is how the fetal reproductive tract is exactly alike the first 2 months of pregnancy. That is correct; our reproductive tissues look and are exactly alike until about 8 weeks!

fetal genitalia development

At about 8 weeks if a fetus has the XY chromosome structure  male symbol the fetus begins to produce testosterone which then differentiates the reproductive tract into male organs, genitalia. This is so cool to me: left unchecked by testosterone, the fetus will always develop as a female. Was the Eve created from Adam story a bit off? Hmmmm….

My ramblings about female and male sensuality could go on, will go on, but I must now go bake an apple pie for my darling sons whom I hope to encourage and inspire to be great partners in the ever present dance of love, sensuality, and sexuality that we dance throughout our lifetimes.

love dance   love dance seniors

Honoring the Female Within

maid mom wild wise

Maiden                Maid-Mother           Enchantress           Wise Woman

Women go through phases of our female selves every month during the course of our moon cycle. The 10 lunar months of pregnancy go through the same Maiden (Spring), Maid (Summer), Enchantress (Autumn), and Wise Woman (Winter) energies. Females go through these phases on a larger scale as we live through our entire bleeding – menstrual years. On an even bigger scale, we women go through these phases from our birth to our death. Autumn has to be the notorious 40s!

pregnant silhouette

At 19 years of age, as a nursing student, I observed my first birth.

vaginal delivery

I was fascinated and in total awe of the whole process. When I began to think about it further, what brought this birthing moment to us, I was even more amazed at the miracle and magic that is brought forth by a female’s body. I am still amazed that a half cell, egg, can be fertilized by another half cell, sperm, and create a whole new human being. One cell goes on to form an entire embryo (each and every one of the different organ systems!), placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic sac, and amniotic fluid. That is one very busy little cell!

       The Magical, Creative Uterus

The Magical, Creative Uterus

Sometimes that one cell does all of that busy work twice (identical twins) and even more rarely to form identical quadruplets or more!

This entire process has captivated me from that day in the birthing room when I was 19 years old. I never cease to be amazed at woman’s, human’s, creative capacity.

Over the course of a female’s lifetime she walks the earth as a maiden, a maid-mother, the wild woman enchantress, and finally the wise woman elder.

At menarche a woman enters her power,
Through menstruation she practices her power,
At menopause she becomes her power.
Native American Wisdom

Honor the divine feminine energy within through every phase of your cycle and life for the creative gift it is.

Want to “Re” – learn more about your beautiful female ways? Join Moon School, it is never too late to join or re-learn!  Hugs of love & light, Paula

Female Empowerment Poem

growing heart

Jaine Rose Art: http://www.jainerose.uk/

Honoring Our Cycle is

Honoring our Divine Female Soul.­

Spring Enlivens Us Because

We Embrace the Winter,

The Full Moon Enchants Us Because

We Invite the New Moon to Wash Over Us,

The Light Nurtures Us Because

We Walk Through the Darkness with Grace.

Females who Embrace Life In the Flow of

Their Cyclical Nature,

Walk in Empowerment

With the Natural Beauty of Themselves.

Paula Youmell, RN

♀Moon School

Moon School: May Day SALE to Empower Your Female Energy

bright blessings maiden

Jaine Rose Art, UK

How a girl crosses into Menarche casts a long shadow over her menstruating years… Make that shadow one of brilliant white light and joy!
How a woman crosses into her Mothering Years (whether she births children, art, great projects, creative endeavors, etc.) casts a shadow over her young and middle adult years… Females Be empowered to create in Joy!
How a woman crosses into Menopause, her Wise Woman Years, casts a shadow over her senior years. Empower our elders by reminding them of their amazing wisdom, strength, and need to be a sturdy voice in both their family & community.
At menarche a woman enters her power, Through menstruation she practices her power, At menopause she becomes her power.
                                                                              Native American Wisdom

Empowering Females to understand the:

  • magic in their menstrual cycles,
  • the power in their cyclic periods, and the
  • understanding in their uterus… the wisdom in their womb

is the gift I present to all females in the Moon School:  Female Moon Cycle Wisdom Training (Online Course)

MAY DAY SALE:  $50 Buck today!   This $50 buck sale was a big success to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Let us now celebrate May Day: Spring, dancing into Summer, and being a Fabulous Female. Online Course Starts May 6th… Join us and I promise you will be glad you did. I Promise! happy face

The More Females Who Re-Gather This Female Wisdom Into Themselves The Better A World We Can Re-Create & Heal!

Join Today, Encourage Your Family & Friends (Males Too!) to Join in the Energy to Heal Self and Our Earth by Re-Balancing Female & Male Energy. It is your gift to yourself and to the Greater Good!  Blessings, Paula

woman holding globe

Period Power, Menstrual Magic, Womb Wisdom!

Jaine Rose Sister Moon

Women’s power rests in our ability to create. We create when we conceive and birth children. This same amazing energy gives us the ability to create ideas and birth them to fruition.

Women hold this feminine creative power (intuition, creativity, wisdom) in their menstrual / period cycle. The wisdom of our heads and our lives are mirrored in our womb; the wisdom of our womb is mirrored in our heads. It is a menstrual magic thing!

Learning (re-learning, as this wisdom was always a part of female’s heritage) the wisdom around our monthly menstrual cycle is very empowering. We can harness the specific creative power of where we are in our menstrual cycle to enhance our daily and monthly “tasks” and to plan self-care. Healing the female you are is enhanced when this Moon Cycle Wisdom is re-learned.

The concept of living from the space of your menstrual cycle is ancient. Women are primarily cyclical beings. (Men are primarily linear beings. There is a balance in both genders… it is the Yin/Yang thing, the hot/cold, wet/dry, light/dark thing. Nature IS balanced, when left to her own graces, in everything.) Women gathered in moon lodges and shared the beauty and power of being female. I invite you to re-learn this wisdom as part of your personal healing path.

Join me for the Female ♀ Moon Cycle Wisdom Training and reawaken your wisdom. You will heal in your heart, your spirit, and your mind-body. I promise you that you will be glad you did!

Learn more about this course, click here: http://www.paulayoumellrn.com/-moon-school/

Fabulous 50 Scholarships 

On Thursday, April 16th, I will turn 50 years old! To celebrate my wisdom and gratitude for 50 fabulous years on this healing path I am giving 5 scholarships to my Female ♀ Moon Cycle Wisdom Training course for 50 bucks. This is to celebrate the 5 decades of my life. I am throwing in scholarship # 6 for 50 bucks to celebrate the 6th decade I am walking into.

Join me in this course, sign up on April 16th for the scholarship tuition of $50!   BUY HEALING COURSE NOW 

UPDATE: Course Tuition Held at $50 Bucks for 2015 Only!

Fall Gift Giving Opportunities for the Females You LOVE!

book gift wrapped                          The pleasure of receiving a gift wrapped book!

Fall is a marvelous time to gift the women you love. 

As women, in modern culture, we have been deprived of the sacredness of our menstrual cycles. We have been taught to think of menstruation as “The Curse” or some other equally negative connotation.

I am offering a gift to you so you can gift women in your life. It is a particularly awesome gift for young women who are coming into their womanhood. You can support the creation of a positive start to their menstrual years.

AND…

Women of all ages benefit from this beautiful book as the wisdom in the pages returns us to what we know: Females are awesome and our bodies and our body’s processes are amazing!

I am the exclusive USA distributor of Rachel Hertog’s book:

This is an amazing book that offers our female sacredness back to women; a return to the beauty of who we are and what our beautiful bodies were created to do:

  • menstruate, flow with the rhythm of the moon,
  • create new life,
  • birth that new life,
  • healers to ourselves and our communities.

I urge you to give this book as a gift to the special women in your life for:

  • Autumn Equinox (I know, it will be a late Equinox gift BUT simply apologize for being late with their gift. They will LOVE it and forgive you, I promise!)
  • Thanksgiving, both the Canadian & American holidays
  • All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve, Samhain
  • Christmas, Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s Eve (start 2015 off from a place of divine female care and love!)
  • Look ahead to Valentine’s Day… this is a true gift of LOVE!
  • birthdays, anniversaries, etc!

Just gift the women you love with this awesome book. You will be glad, they will be glad you did!

Click here to buy a copy or two… or three for all the women you love!