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Moon Time – Taking Our Understanding of Our Cycles Beyond School Biology Class!

The following is a guest post from Lucy H. Pearce, author of Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle.

What did you learn about your cycles in school science classes?

Were you told about the spiritual and intuitive gifts of menstruation? How to weave your work and creativity around them? Did you learn how to care for yourself during your bleeding? Or what about the four archetypal parts of the cycle?

No? Me neither!

That is why I set out to write my book:  Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycl. It is for you, and me, and our sisters and daughters. To fill in the gaps that school and our mothers never taught us. Because when we understand what is happening inside our bodies, we can learn how to live our lives in harmony with them, rather than fighting or ignoring our biology. This leads to a decrease in PMS, heightened intuitive powers and a deeper connection to our own innate creativity.

Our cycles ensure that we do not live static lives. Instead, they demand that we live dynamically, constantly exploring the different gifts of feminine power. Part of learning the art of being a woman is learning to honour each element of our cycles and ourselves.

Through our cycles our bodies regenerate their life-giving ability. During our moon time we dive into our depths, mining gems of intuitive wisdom. And in the mid-part of our cycles we are gifted with the energy to bring these forth – to birth our gifts, our children and our creations into the world.

Our cycles have four major phases, which can be interpreted as corresponding to the four main female archetypes (or energy patterns) and stages of life.

The Virgin/Maiden Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Sunday Sunday… Surf

Candlelit dinner  Le 313 - Hotel du Louvre 2

Image by Earth Hour Global via Flickr

What a weekend it has been…

The husband and I had our first date in over 9 months yesterday – we went to see X-Men in the afternoon while Bean had a visit with her grandparents.

It was a great movie and a lot of fun, though I do still think it’s going to be awhile before both of us will be OK to leave her at night, I have my eye on a fancy Mexican restaurant for when the next date does come around!

I actually did leave Bean overnight with her daddy last night - the first night I’ve ever spent away from her. I went downtown to celebrate a friend’s birthday – as both of us can’t go to such things at this point, we’ve decided to start some sort of alternating schedule and I guess you could say it was ‘my turn’.

I knew it would be a late night and I driving downtown isn’t easy for me at the best of times, so I decided to crash at my friend’s and come home early.

I must say, it’s possible that I’m just lucky and I’m certainly not taking a huge amount of credit here (especially because I know how easily it could all turn on me) but I really do think the fact that I rarely left the Bean during her first months of life has helped make her into such a secure little one - we have experienced no kind of separation anxiety thus far that I have seen.

Leaving her is certainly not something I’m going to make a regular habit of just yet, but as I will be returning to work sooner than later it’s something I feel a need for both of us to start getting used to, slowly and steadily. So far I’m happy to say it seems to be working out well!

Now I’m just hoping I won’t be eating those words lol.

With that, here’s some of my very favorite posts I’ve been reading over the past couple weeks… Read the rest of this entry »

Winner! Baltic Amber Teething Necklace – & Another Sunday Surf!

Amber Bead Necklace

Amber Bead Necklace

I am very pleased to announce the winner of the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Giveaway:

Nikki L.

Congratulations!

And thank you so much to everyone who entered – I will be hosting another giveaway this coming Friday (April 22nd) from a wonderful WAHM, so be sure to stop by again next week!

And just a quick update on my own Bean’s situation – since I have been using the necklace, she has hardly had any fussy teething moments – it is night and day from how unhappy she was before! So if you’re wondering if they really do work, I will happily add my voice to the ones who are recommending them…

In the meantime, I promised another Sunday Surf – some of my favorites from this month’s Carnival of Natural Parenting.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out any of the carnival posts (or you don’t have any idea what the heck a blog carnival is ;) ), I do highly recommend surfing around some of these listed below. Basically, some amazing blogging mamas – Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama, host a blog carnival each month on a certain topic that centers around natural parenting.

This month’s topic was Compassionate Advocacy – what it means, how to do it, so on and so forth.

This is actually a subject that is very dear to my heart – both as a person who used to be VERY bad at it (!) and as someone who has benefited from so many compassionate advocates as a new parent. I really feel that understanding compassionate advocacy is important to anyone who has a desire to see positive change in the world around them (whether you are a parent or not!) and there are a ton of good lessons to be learned here.

So without further ado, here are some of my personal favorites from the carnival: Read the rest of this entry »

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