Usha Anandi. 20 | AUG | 2020
What if I told you that your premenstrual phase was sacred, would you believe me?
Many know this phase as their ultimate enemy, perhaps because of the mood swings they experience, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or overall general fatigue.
Actually, if you experience difficulties in this phase – it’s probably just a few of the symptoms that make up the 150 symptoms that compile the word ‘PMS’.
But there’s more for us here than just discomfort, actually – this phase is one of the most powerful, intuitive, and connected times of our ENTIRE cycle, so how come we don’t see it that way?
Could it be a coincidence that a time when we’re the most powerful, is also the time when we’re most caught up in society’s projected shame?
I think not.
So let’s smash the stigma and miseducation that surrounds PMS.
I’ve been working on an exclusive new course that will teach you to kick PMS symptoms to the curb and reclaim your cycle as a source of power…
And that’s why I’m inviting you to join my revolutionary training – Breathing, Bleeding, Being – to teach you how to heal from pain, numbness and discomfort by attuning to your menstrual cycle.
But now onto the really good stuff…
I believe that the unwanted symptoms that occur for some during their Luteal Phase are a reflection of our inner landscapes.
Just like nature around us our bodies go through different cycles and seasons, the season represented by the Luteal Phase is Fall.
This is the time of year when nature starts to turn inwards and hibernates and the fields and forests are transformed as their leaves begin to brown and fall.
Within us, this phase marks the transition between our most fertile period (ovulation) and the cleansing time of menstruation.
It’s during this phase in our cycle that our attention shifts from the external to the internal. Just as we like to pull on a sweater and cuddle up in front of a fire as summer turns to fall. Our bodies naturally crave this shifting of internal energies.
Yet when we are fighting against our bodies natural rhythms, wants and needs we will undoubtedly come up against some kind of resistance.
It’s because of the resistance we have to listening to our bodies that this phase is often the most misunderstood of them all.
To make peace with this phase we first need to make peace with ourselves.
While I understand the importance of naming the HUGE number of symptoms that can occur during this phase. A BIG problem I have is the way it is most often used to shame or guilt people who bleed if they experience moodiness during this phase.
But PMS symptoms are so much more than just mood changes.
In fact, there are over 150 known symptoms of PMS including;
- Water retention
- Insomnia, anxiety
- Breast tenderness
- Digestive issues
Do you ever experience any of these symptoms in the latter half of your luteal phase?
If you do, know that you are not alone – at least 90% of people who bleed live with these symptoms every month.
But I believe it doesn’t have to be that way.
You see I believe that the reason why PMS symptoms occur is due to us living out of sync with our cycles and our bodies. Because when womben come back to their bodies, take responsibility for their health and reclaim their rhythm and routine their symptoms actually lessen and become much more manageable.
To get back into alignment is to learn to listen.
To really tune in and hear what our body is trying to tell us. Then we can notice, observe and accept what arises for you in your premenstrual phase without judgement.
So instead of labelling the uncomfortable sensations that might come up in this phase as just PMS.
I’m inviting you to…
- Attune yourself to notice which symptoms come up for you.
- Accept and love whatever is coming up for you because there may well be a reason for this.
It’s during this time in our cycle that the veil between what we know to be true and what is actually true lifts.
So feelings and emotions that haven’t been fully processed during your cycle may well arise now as the veil between our consciousness and our unconsciousness thins.
This is why learning to listen and honor your body is so important…
I’m not asking you to literally sit there with a stethoscope on your womb and listen – though that does sound kinda fun to me – instead, tend to your humanness from a place of compassion, curiosity and observation.
I’m gonna level with you again, this process won’t just happen overnight.