Moon Time, 2nd Edition is Out. A Book to Read!

The second edition of my book, Moon Time, has LANDED! And until Saturday, there is a FABULOUS LAUNCH BONUS… read on for details… and grab it whilst you can.

Read the whole post here and grab your copy & your FREE gifts from the author, Lucy Pearce.

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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.
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     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

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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

Raising Daughters in the Red Tent

Raising Daughters in the Red Tent

Stefanie Miosga

Dresden, Germany

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Check out Stefanie on her German website, Google will translate! http://www.roteszelt.de/uumlber-mich.html

One of the biggest driving factors for me to work in the red tent movement is the fact that I have three young daughters. I want to contribute to their puberty, menarche, and budding femininity being reasons for joyful, excited anticipation. Our generation plays a wonderful part in that: we are the bridge, it is in our hands to initiate the transformation of femininity from shame to a power source.

It was two years ago that my mother took me aside. When two of my daughters were staying with my parents, my mother found one of my cloth pads. It must have slipped into the kids’ clothing after washing. She told me I had to be more careful and that it didn’t do that my kids noticed something like that. When my father entered the room, she even sent him out, as if we were talking about something illegal.

At that time I had only just heard of red tents on the internet. It dawned on me that, as long as women like her, after raising daughters and finishing their fertile years themselves, and are still so ashamed about something like cloth pads, our world is in desperate need of this work!

A while back, my oldest daughter (she’s almost 10) asked me loudly in the crowded school yard: “Mama, do you have a monthly bleeding?“ She had browsed through her science school book and her curiosity was aroused. Her 7 year-old sister was with us and all ears.

Thanks to DeAnna L’am’s wonderful Diva’s Guide to getting your Period, for young girls, which I translated into German last year (“Tanz mit dem Mond“, available in the shop at my website), I had a beautiful, sincere and pleasant explanation for the girls at my hands. Just like birds build a nest before laying their eggs, so our womb builds a nest out of uterus lining, for when a baby starts to grow there. If we don’t conceive, we shed the lining mixed with blood, which results in menstruation. We were not embarrassed. I didn’t embellish anything nor did I tell horror stories. All was clear; the girls were content. They asked what a woman is doing with the blood and I told them briefly about cloth pads vs. disposable pads.

Back when I got my first period, I was “informed” that this will happen because I have an older sister. Still, I didn’t dare tell my mother about it.  When she found out, it was an embarrassing, bleak affair when we talked about periods for almost the only time ever.

I hardly believe that my mother was welcomed into womanhood by her own mother, so how was she supposed to do things differently with her daughters? How was she supposed to know that there was another way? It wasn’t talked about, period (pun intended). Had I asked a question like my daughter did in public, I would probably have been silenced, and later we wouldn’t have talked about it either.

If we want to create a more open environment for our daughters, it is important to start with ourselves. How many of us carry around handed-down taboos, think of their menstruation as a curse and a burden, to only look forward to menopause because of the promise of no more bleeding, and would rather die than talk to anybody about periods?

The good news is: We can still recognize, honour, and welcome the girl we were at our menarche into womanhood today. We can give that to ourselves and each other. We need the company of other women to break the taboos, to celebrate our femininity, to honour, and give each other space to be ourselves.

We can call into being red tents, moon lodges, temple groups, or however we want to call our women’s circles. There we get in touch with our own womanhood. Let’s also bring our adolescent daughters into the groups, their energy gives us at least as much as the wisdom of age gives to them! Our smart daughters won’t buy make-believe joy about their first period from us and don’t suddenly feel like a real woman, as long as we can’t honestly model to them that being a woman is a thing of power, beauty and dignity.

As we heal ourselves, we heal the next generation, healing half of the world’s population one woman at a time.  This healed half radiates healing to the other half!  Ambitious? Yes, and it works when we start with ourselves.

Thank you Stefanie for sharing your story, your journey, a journey many of us lived as well.  I am raising 2 beautiful male souls.  They have always known what my moon cycle is.  Kids ask questions.  Kids hang out with mom in the bathroom (along with the cats, and the dog…).  I never excluded them because I was “bleeding” and they should not know, see, be aware.  They know and they will, hopefully, be better men prepared to embrace strong, powerful, divine women who are thrilled with their feminine energy and cycle!

Ablation? Is This for Real?

Ablation?  

Seriously?  

Fry the Inside of My Uterus?

Ablation is defined as removal of material from the surface of an object by vaporization, chipping, or other erosive processes.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ablation). This definition alone, erosive processes??, would make me shudder and stop to think about what was being recommended for my body, my precious uterus.

“Stop your heavy period and restore your life” is NovaSure’s advertising hype for uterine ablation.  Wow, my life needs restoring because I bleed?  Really?

The opening paragraph on the NovaSure’s website is a scary Patriarchal MindSet, PMS as Wise Woman Susun Weed aptly calls it.

Heavy bleeding is a symptom that there is an imbalance in a woman’s body.  Eroding the endometrium will not heal this imbalance.  Correcting the imbalance will heal the heavy bleeding and prevent more complex female health problems down the road of life.

Address the cause not the symptoms.

I would look at the woman’s diet and lifestyle to unravel the causes of her heavy bleeding symptoms.  I would suggest diet and lifestyle changes that were fitting to her unique, individual needs.  I would recommend herbs (wild yam to start) to assist in healing the imbalances in her whole body.  How about easing stress to prevent the cortisol steal that creates female hormonal imbalances?

These lifestyle medicine healing choices make more sense to me than burning away the endometrium, the uterine lining.

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I am an RN and Holistic Health Educator Healing support person.  I worked in Maternal Child Nursing for 12 years before leaving to focus on Wise Women centered care; holistic health education, and healing support.

I first heard of this uterine ablation while sitting at my healing table working with a beautiful female soul.  She told me she had this procedure 10 years prior, at age 32!  I then gently said, “Wait, what? Please explain that to me again.”  I was shocked to say the least but maintained my compassionate energy.

When I removed myself from standard medical care, I lost track of new procedures created to “solve women’s issues.”  Consequently, I am paying attention again, not to recommend the procedures, but to support women in healing and avoiding such body altering procedures.

Not wanting to make her feel bad for her choice; I opened my ears, heart, and soul and listened to her story.  I was amazed and frustrated at how she was convinced that burning away the inside of her uterus, the endometrium, was just the thing she needed to do to solve all her womanly problems.

I have since heard this story, many times over, and it breaks my heart.  Red tents are needed in every community to remind women of the wisdom of their own body, to listen and hear what the symptoms of heavy bleeding are struggling to tell them.

When will our culture stop viewing menstrual flow as “The Curse,” something to hide and be ashamed of.  When will we once again embrace the life-giving energy that women’s moon flow is.  Menstruation creates the miracle of reproduction… how we all are here!

My wish is to be able to support women in these situations.  By sitting with them, listening to their “her-stories,” and helping them to unravel the causes of the menstrual symptoms.  The body will heal when we remove the cause(s) of the health symptoms and nourish the body back to health with nourishing, Wise Woman supported, life-giving choices.  Lifestyle changes centered on whole food eating, whole health living (lifestyle medicine), and herbs to nourish and heal the woman’s beautiful female organs and her entire body, every cell in her body, would be how I would create a Red Tent for every woman I am blessed to support on their healing paths.