Every cell in the body has its own cycle and purpose. The body’s biological rhythms are the natural cycle of change within the body and just like the moon, cycles are intricate and delicate. These cycles and rhythms within is an ebb and flow that is both constant and consistent (24/7) supporting our true well-being.
How often are we aware of our body and these cycles? The cycles within can support us to discard what is no longer needed, evaluate how we feel and what needs changing and focus on our being more in tune with the external cycles nature offers us.
Everything in nature has its cycle and therefore there are cycles in which we can orient ourselves.
Orienting our lives based on natural cycles helps us to connect with our sensitivity and gives us the possibility to observe the difference that our movements make on our quality of life.
In many cultures the moon occupies an important place and has been given the status of a deity, blaming or worshiping it for its influence on humans, the earth itself, or the creatures that inhabit it.
Your cycle, like a woman’s menstrual period, lasts approximately 28 days. That, made it had a great adoration in the fertility cults in the antiquity. There are many legends and myths about the moon and its effects on nature, animals (it is attributed the power of change within anthropomorphic beasts, such as the werewolf) and humans.
No matter the age or sex, there is always a cycle to which we can pay attention to...
There are many people who have explored the effects the moon has on their mood and those we spoke to confirmed that they have always been aware of having regular ups and downs in the month, with changes evident during the period of the full moon.
Many said they felt ‘more intense’ or off-centre at that moment, while some said they felt more energetic. Others simply considered it a time to review the previous month and let go of what they hadn’t resolved so they could wipe the slate clean the following month.
It seems that these are similar aspects to what many women feel during their menstruation cycle and so we felt it was important for those of us who do not have an internal cycle to open ourselves to the possibility of exploring this external cycle and become as aware as possible of the impact our decisions and choices have on our wellbeing.
Traditionally, men and boys are not much encouraged to treat each other with the tenderness and deep consideration we deserve. But why not? If taking care of your Self leads to change patterns that do not do us good and, therefore, allows us to build a greater well-being, why do we as a society promote the care of the Self for one sex more than for the other? It is a good time to change our way of thinking.
Therefore, we present here the cycle of the moon to help us to actively observe the patterns that we repeat without realizing it every day, and their cumulative effect, so that we can discard what is not working and increase the degree of care we have for ourselves and others.
The two phases of the Moon's cycle:
If we open ourselves to the possibility of the cycle of the moon, we open ourselves to the possibility that our bodies periodically go through a phase of preparation and ‘cleansing’ before the full moon and another phase that brings a new offering, a new beginning, a time of expansion and growth after the full moon.
As in the menstruation cycle, we can take each phase as equally important as it offers us different spaces to observe and deepen our relationship with ourselves.
PHASE 1: TAKE NOTE AND LET GO
The days before the Full Moon provide us with an opportunity to pay more attention to the body, to register the possible feelings or symptoms that the body communicates to us, to relate them to how we have lived during this cycle and to renounce what has not served us at all. ….
Each Full Moon cycle offers an opportunity for self-reflection and to let go of that which does not serve us and does not bring us well-being. What happens in this phase can vary; it can be a longer or shorter number of days where you start to notice or feel changes in your body, feelings or mood, which are all relevant in the phase before your body prepares to let go and let go.
If we pay attention to what the body communicates to us, we will have the necessary inputs to reflect on how we have been living this past cycle? too much stress or emotional discomfort? Too much on your mind? or have you been taking care of yourself?
In this time of preparation your body is your best friend, the real friend that tells you openly how it is. If we stop to think for a moment, we see that everything is designed to support you in taking care of your body with the care it truly deserves.
PHASE 2: A NEW BEGINNING
The full moon day can be taken as the 1st day of the cycle; the beginning of a new offer to go again and to explore how to respond to what is offered to us and the impact this brings on our body and our life.
The body will let us know to what extent we have responded well to the offer or rejected it. And there will always be another cycle to refine, discard and/or confirm our way of walking through life. We just have to be open to the possibility of the moon cycle which offers us an approach to the body in a very practical and simple way; your body communicates with you all the time about what is and isn’t really working for it. Taking note of this is key to taking care of your health and bringing as much wellness into your life as possible.