New Book: Lucy Pearce, Full Circle Health

From Lucy Pearce, Cork, Ireland… powerful female writer!

Lucy Pearce's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup

“So… Full Circle Health… the book I wrote when I couldn’t write Medicine Woman in the first part of this year… is available to pre-order! I’m very proud of it – it’s not just a book… but a charting system!

http://shop.womancraftpublishing.com/Full-Circle-Health-integrated-health-charting-for-p/fch.htm

For most of my adult life I have been trying to explore and express what it means to inhabit my cyclical female body. I have picked up many tools and tried many approaches to charting my inner and outer life. I have charted my menstrual cycles, my moods, energy, habits, food intake, dreams… This was done in various written journals, sketchbooks, Excel spreadsheets, Leonie Dawson’s Life and Business Planners… not to mention my dream journal and cycle-tracking diary. So many books and scraps of paper piled beside my bed, with my computer balanced precariously on top. Keeping track of my health and life was almost a full-time job… but guaranteed I could never lay my hands on the right book at the right time.”

Advertisements

Menstruation & Newsweek!

Newsweek cover, 350x450

DeAnna L’am wrote a fabulous blog post about the Newsweek article on menstruation.

Catch it here, it is a good one!   When Newsweek Met Menstruation by DeAnna L’am

DeAnna L’am – Bio:

Fondly known as ‘Womb Visionary’, DeAnna’s work has been transforming women’s lives around the world for over 25 years. She holds Initiation ceremonies for women and girls, reveals the spiritual forces hidden in Menstruation and Menopause, and teaches women how to hold Red Tents in their communities.

Internationally recognized as a pioneer in Menstrual Empowerment, DeAnna is author of‘Becoming Peers – Mentoring Girls Into Womanhood’ and ‘A Diva’s Guide to Getting Your Period’. She is founder of Red Moon School of Empowerment for Women & Girls™ and of Red Tents In Every Neighborhood – Global Movement. Visit her at: www.deannalam.com

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

Transforming the “Curse” to Menstrual Magic!

PS  This is a pre-script, not post script! For all women who have finished the Moon Cycle part of your life and moved into the Wise Woman phase of your being… read on anyhow, please do not dismiss because you no longer bleed. Your body still follows the monthly rhythm of the moon and your hormonal cycle. The whole process is now gentler and not so obvious to follow. We, all women, can benefit from embracing our feminine being as a positive, natural experience.
 uterus divine    sacred womb canstock
     I have always found the words, energy, and attitude* most often used around menstruation to be confusing and frustrating.  When I was younger, I could not put a finger on it; my feelings that this negativity was just wrong. I found it very disconcerting that women held such negative attitudes around a process that seemed a natural part of who we are as women. Menstruation, to me, was something that happened every month, why not embrace it?
    *The Curse, on the Rag, it is that time of the month (eyes rolling), women’s troubles, Sally (this term means weakling), wounded clam, ragtime, Dracula’s tea bag, big red, bleedies, blobbing… the list of mostly derogatory terms literally goes on and on.  My favorite has always been “Moon Time” as used by the Native Americans. I used to wonder, as a teen, why all women did not embrace this phrase.
    I still am taken aback, gently but aback none the less, when I hear women speak of menstruation (and, really, all feminine processes: pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, menopause) in negative terms. These natural processes are dreaded, and almost despised in some cases, when to me it seems that they should be embraced and valued.
    As a woman, I urge you to embrace the beauty of your feminine cycle. As an RN, with years of Maternity and OB/GYN nursing experience, I urge you to embrace your cycle from a holistic perspective. Why? Because when you do create a positive attitude and energy around the beauty of your ability to create (you can chose to create or not), your experience of the process(es) shifts to a much healthier and happier space. You will also take on responsibility for your experience and how you co-exist with your feminine cycle.
    Over the years, working in maternity nursing, I watched as women’s bodies were mistreated by the medical profession:
  • the pill to deal with all menstrual issues, menstrual ills
  • ablation to “end” menstrual difficulties, once and for all
  • C-Sections for the convenience of the medical staff
  • Birthing viewed as a disease process
  • Hysterectomy, done at the drop of a hat, instead of keeping a women’s reproductive tract intact.

When we invoke self-responsibility around our daily health, in all aspects of our life and our menstrual well-being, we invite powerful life balancing and healing energy into our being.

The below books are amazing guides to support you along your path of finding Menstrual Magic, Period Power, in your life.  I urge you to read one, read them all, and learn about the natural cycle of energy, (the seasons of your cycle), that is/are an intricate part of your monthly, moon cycle and feminine being.

Click on each book to purchase from the author.

Moon Time Lucy Pearce

the pill

 

 

 

Thirteen Moons

    Thirteen Moons is only available in the USA through Amazon.  Thirteen Moons is a ‘not for profit publication’- any profits made go to insuring free books/ pad samples and information go out to schools, girls, and women’s groups.

 I just ordered this book. Check out the many books by Miranda Gray. Available on Amazon, to avoid the higher shipping from Europe.

Be well; think Whole Health; and embrace your magical, mystical, menstrual cycle! Paula

Glad Rags

OK, so I confess, I use organic but disposable menstrual pads.  Yup, I am adding to the garbage pile of the world.

Now, in my defense, most of the time I use the Keeper Cup, day & night, no pads at all.

THE KEEPER® Gum Rubber Menstrual Cup

So today, I sucked it up and ordered the Glad Rag Cloth Pad Sampler Kit in organic, un-dyed cotton. I was going to order the deluxe kit but decided to slide into this change with a less expensive option.  What IF I do not like these things? AND, because I mostly use my beloved Keeper, I did not figure I would need so many cloth pads.

Now, I am looking forward to:

  • their arrival
  • my next period

And, wondering why I did not just cave and purchase some years ago.  I have had my keeper for 15 1/2 years.  It’s not like the sustainable mentality was not part of my life?  Lazy perhaps?  I was in the heat of pregnancy #1, knowing I would be washing cloth diapers for years.  Perhaps I did not want one more thing to have to wash!

I will keep you posted:

  • when they arrive… Yippee!
  • what I think of them
  • if I recommend them whole-heartedly

By the way, I went with Glad Rags over the Luna Pads because the Luna Pads have a PUL lining.  I thought this was yucky and preferred the breathable option of 100% pure, organic cotton that was not dyed.  I know, dyed would be colorful and more fun. But, hey, who is going to be looking in my underwear at my cloth pads? happy face

 

Product Image

I also looked up this PUL stuff*.  It can be eco-friendly and if so, is breathable.  I contacted Luna Pads to ask them about this.  I will let you know this info as well. Perhaps I will end up with Luna’s starter kit as well (organic, un-dyed cotton please).

Update: PUL info sent to me by Luna: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyurethane_laminate

Happy Moon Mysteries!  Paula

*The PUL information is from a diaper website.  I do not know that Luna uses this same “eco-friendly” version of PUL. But, with the sustainable philosophy of re-usable menstrual pads… I would assume that eco-friendly PUL would be part of their plan!

THEY are Here… Get “Em while they are Hot!

13 Moons (book) Available In My Shop!

An awesome gift for yourself or any female in your life.  Men too! When we are all on the same page of understanding each other, a level of peace can be attained between males and females!

A book, compiled by Rachael Hertogs, on the beautiful teaching around a female’s menstrual moon cycle. This book was not available in the US until Rachel and I conspired to offer it.  The cost of shipping from GB was crazy.

I have only 20 copies. Get yours before they are gone, gone, gone…

This is a large (8 1/2 x 11 1/2 notebook size) and beautiful paperback book!

A compilation of all the hand outs and articles by many women from Rachael’s Power of Menstruation course, over the last 10 years!

A 250+ page book, Thirteen Moons includes a Moon Journal for you to fill in and chart the connection between your cycle and the moon, as well as containing many articles by inspiring and amazing women, poems, art, stories, and much more!

Thirteen Moons is based on 13 chapters, all celebrating Women’s Wisdom and Women’s Cycles:

  • Red Moon: Sacred Blood
  • Maiden Moon: Ceremony, Ritual
  • Mother Moon: Celebration
  • Healers Moon: Wise Women’s Herbs
  • Ancestor Moon: Moon Lodges & Red Tents
  • Honey Moon: Nurturing Foods
  • Crone Moon: Wildness of Woman
  • Goddess Moon: Quiet Space Within
  • Sister Moon: Sharing Stories and Traditions
  • Warrior Moon: Standing up for your Truths
  • Wise Woman Moon: Advice and Tips
  • Harvest Moon: Sharing Creativity
  • Grandmother Moon: 13 Moons Journal

Each chapter includes many articles, advice, and healing tools to empower! A valuable book for all women, young and old!

It is a ‘not for profit publication’- any profits made go to insuring free books/ pad samples and information go out to schools, girls, and women’s groups.

Cover Art by Suzie Goose.

PERFECT gift for a daughter, grand-daughter, niece, etc.!  I will share my copy with my boys.  They have been raised to understand and honor my moon cycle, the earth’s cycles.  It is a gift I give to them to be a gift to the women who will be part of their lives.

To order your copy, for shipping in the US, go to my shop page or go directly to the 13 Moon book page.

To order outside the US, go to Moon Times shop page.

Blessings of love and light, Paula

Harmonizing Nature

So often I hear people say: “I need to get out in nature more.  I know I will feel better if I do.”

I have to remind you… you ARE nature.  You can never be away from nature because nature is you.

One thing women can do to harmonize their menstrual cycles:  get more outdoor time, more time under the moon. Sun & Moon light harmonize the body. The moon pulls on the ebb and flow of the tide, menstrual cycles, life!

full moon

 

The cycles of life are amazing.  When we live in tune with the cycles, in rhythm with nature (remember we are nature), everything harmonizes.

The below poster was a gift from a dear friend.  The words on the bottom are a powerful message.

DSC01295

Using the below books will help you harmonize with your body’s cycle of fertility, a powerful gift to yourself.  As women we need to return to the power of our periods, our feminine selves, and discard the patriarchal induced notion that periods are a “curse.”

Keeping track of your moon cycle is fun on this chart, a chart that another dear friend gave me, years ago. (I try to surround myself with amazing women!)  The poster was meant for 1 year’s use.  I changed the color of my marker, each year for 5 years, and turned it into a multi-year moon calendar.

I am looking for one like it, to recommend to you.  I will give you more awesome options, below, as this one does not seem to be available anymore.

Post note on June 29th, thank you Kaitlin for finding this poster on Amazon, brilliant! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0974515302/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

DSC01298

With much research and asking Menstrual Magic and Fertility Educators in Ireland, England, and Germany… I can not find the above moon cycle chart. Bummer, as it is a great space to track:

  • dates of flow
  • type of flow: heavy, medium, light
  • how your body, mind, and spirit feels coming into your moon flow, with the moon flow, and after your moon flow
  • charting the same information coming into, during, and after ovulation

And the information is there for years to come!  I used it to keep track of the menstrual migraines that crept into my life at about 40 years of age.

Note:  If anyone finds this beautiful chart, please let me know at www.PaulaYoumellRN.com  Thanks!

But, alas, my friends… I have other wonderful moon cycle charts to offer:  This beauty, below, can be viewed and purchased here and has a fine video explaining how to use it. Compliments of Lucy Pearce: artist,creative mentor, teacher of transformational women’s workshops, and so much more… check her out!

Moon Dial

Check out Lucy Pearce’s Moon Time Chart: Her Integrated Moon Chart combines the biological and spiritual aspects of your cycle to give you a deeper understanding of your own rhythms, so that you can find balance within yourself. Very helpful to use this with the above Moon Dial.

This moon calendar is available to keep track of where the moon is in her cycle to relate the moon phase to where you are in your menstrual cycle:

Moon Calendars 2014 - Click Image to Close

Use the above moon calendar with Moon Times ® Cycle Charting Journal  (picture below).  The work of Rachael Hertogs, a woman’s menstrual health educator and so much more!

Moon Times ® Cycle Charting Journal

Your Moon cycle is a beautiful process, nurture it with love!

Sending light & love!  Paula

PS  If you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc., guide them in the beauty of their moon cycle.  Creating this positive mindset around the beauty of their bodies and the cycle of their reproductive health will create a balance and peace many women of my generation did not consciously know. Let’s make change around this!  Cheer!