It started last year around Earth Day when I made the switch from disposable to reusable menstrual products and spent a week reviewing the different brands and products I tried.
I’ve learned so much and been so satisfied with my choice since then that I’ve decided to turn it into kind of an annual thing – a week of each year dedicated to extolling the benefits of making the switch – AND to learning more about ourselves and our cycles in general, in a quest to turn something that may feel like a big downer (or worse!) for most of us every month into something we can actually celebrate.
Now I’ll be perfectly honest – I’m not 100% there yet. There are many, many things I don’t love about my period (especially the bloating! :p).
But it’s such an inherent part of being a woman that gets passed over so easily and so often – the amazing cycles we experience every month (they really are amazing when you think about it) are so frequently not even considered – truly it’s a shame!
I’ve been trying for awhile now to alter my own perceptions about the whole thing, which was why I was so thrilled when Lucy Pearce’s book, Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle, was published. I bought my copy within weeks of the release date and was not disappointed (not that I expected to be – I love Lucy’s writing!).
Moon Time has been exactly the guide I needed to really begin the journey to loving acceptance – and the empowerment that is possible – in knowing and valuing the way my body works in all of its seasons.
It’s not a long book and is a very easy read (nothing dry or pedantic here!) – and within it I’ve found a gold mine of information, as well as a terrific resource for learning more.
Moon Time is wise, real, humourous and totally loving and accepting – I feel on opening its pages like I’m finding a girlfriend/mentor that I wish I could have coffee with. That’s the impression I’ve always gotten from Lucy’s writing, but it’s something extra special here – as she discusses in the book, many of us did not grow up having these discussions outside of basic biology class – ever.
It fulfills a longing that has always been there – and offers a confidence for when my daughter reaches that stage. How different her experience will be!
There’s a lot of great history in this book – fascinating facts on women throughout the ages, how different cultures have celebrated womens’ moon times and built important traditions around them. There is also a lot of excellent information on groups and organizations that are reviving those traditions and how you can get involved – and create traditions of your own.
There are so many awesome and gentle suggestions throughout the book on how to turn what for many of us is a downright unpleasant experience into a true celebration. But I want to emphasize – this is not sugary or unrealistic – Lucy recognizes that we all have different levels of comfort and ways of responding to the different aspects of our cycles and there is acknowledgment of that in every word.
Some of my other favourite parts of the book were the chapters on bringing the moon back into our cycles, the different ways we can use herbs and nutrition in our healing, and the rituals of the first menarche, the red tents, and moon lodges. There’s not a lot she doesn’t cover!
I’ve already got a list of people I plan to buy Moon Time for – I honestly believe it is a book every woman could benefit from reading. I asked Lucy to contribute here at the blog this week and share a copy of her book for precisely that reason – it is one of the best resources I’ve come across for looking at ‘that time of the month’ (and really the entire monthly cycle) in a whole new way, and I hope it’s a message that gets shared far and wide.
Lucy is generously offering a discount for the purchase of Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle – available as both an e-book and signed paperback from www.thehappywomb.com. To get the 20% DISCOUNT FOR ALL BECOMING CRUNCHY READERS, ENTER CODE MBLP20 (VALID TO MAY 7TH) when you order from The Happy Womb. The book is also available from Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Moon Times.co.uk and Susun Weed’s Wise Woman Bookstore.