It has been quite the journey for me to partner and live with my cycle. And honestly, I am still working at it.
The biggest thing that gets in my way is my work. I love my business… it is an extension of my truths, passions, and commitments. And it can be difficult at times for me to create strong and healthy boundaries.
For example, last fall I was at a conference in San Diego. I really wanted to be there to network, hang with colleagues, and be more visible in a safe community.
So, I excitedly drove to the conference and checked in the first day. And after lunch, I started to feel completely exhausted. And kind of flu-ish. My joints were aching. My low back was hurting. I was having some mild cramping in my uterus.
And I just ignored what was happening in my body. I was willing my body to feel better so I drank water and then tea and took some flower essences.
That night, I drove home and by the time I crawled into bed, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go back to the conference the next morning.
I just didn’t want to fight my body.
Firstly, I had made a commitment to myself about a year prior that I was going to LIVE in alignment with my cycle. That meant that I was going to honor this wisdom that courses through my body.
A few days before bleeding and the first 2-3 days of my cycle, I was going to rest. Powerdown. Go inward. Give myself permission to rest, read, watch movies, use my hot water bottle.