Nourish Mama by Sherry Rothwell
Nourish Mama, a nutritional program by Sherry Rothwell

New Moon, Moontime

We are now heading into the rebirth and renewal aspect of our feminine cycle. Each month as we bleed, not only does our physiology create the conditions that shed the lining of our uterus, but we also enter a slightly altered state of consciousness, very much like we do when we give birth to a child.

During the new moon we have the power to give birth to a renewed sense of ourselves. This is the time of the month where we hit “transition“, that time when we think we just can`t take it anymore and something has to give. Just as the pain and discomfort of birth alerts us to the need for a shift in our environment (internal and external), premenstrual tension also serves us, because it alerts us that it is time to stand up, claim our power and give birth to the vision of the life that we truly “see” for ourselves.

You might notice that you are weepy or impatient or clumsy during this time of the month (if your body is in tune with nature`s cycles, you will now begin your “moontime“ (menstruation) but know that as you harmonize yourself more and more to living in harmony with the moon, these monthly breakdowns will start to feel more like breakthroughs as you plan ahead to create your month in such a way as to facilitate this sacred time of the month. Make it your downtime, rest time and time of enhanced self-care.

Do not let this special window of expanded inner power and intuitive vision, go unclaimed. When we allow life to go on as usual, we often experience pain and suffering both in body and mind because we are acting against our natural rhythm. This internally generated and intrinsic power has positive and negative sides. In the positive, it gives us the courage we need to speak our truth or say “no“ to the things that we generally put up with, but shouldn’t. On the negative side this same power can be repressed into depression or if not channeled consciously into something that transforms our life, it becomes more of a destructive energy- released through anger, impatience and frustration.

Again to use birth as a metaphor, the tension we carry of not becoming , transforming or beholding that which we long to birth (our creations or passions), while continuing to carry the weight of those things that we no longer want to be burdened with in our lives, is translated both into emotional (eg: PMS) and physical pain (eg: cramping).

So what can we do?

Just as we “nest“ to prepare a sacred space for the birth of our new baby, we must also create a nurturing space to be rebirthed each month on the soul level (which is what we are called to do with the clearing and releasing that is asked of us during the waning moon).

Allow your renewal and rebirth this month to be unhindered.

Ask for your desire for privacy to be respected, so that you can concern yourself with nothing more than the rebirth of your soul or nurturing your creativity. If you are a mother, engage your partner in a conversation about how you can plan for and get the amount of solitude that you need on a personal level.

This time of the month is the perfect time to plan for a date with yourself or socialize mainly with other menstruating women (again the fact that our physiology actually attunes our bleeding to be in sync with our close women friends making it so that we bleed together is yet another hint that we are made to spend our time together with other women during this aspect of the moons phases). Take a meditation retreat, book a massage or other body work. Spend time alone if that serves.

The new moon is a time for deep introspection, reflection, stillness and meditation. Take time to be still and listen to your inner voice. This is the perfect time to vision ideas for new projects. Visualize how you want your life to be in this next moon cycle. Meditate, vision and then set your intentions. Make sure to write them down in a special journal that you can keep coming back to and reflect upon. Write down your goals for the upcoming month. Take time to schedule them into your calendar, so that you make time for them. This is not time to act, it is time to plan and to vision.

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