I'm fully aware that on the surface, the work I do has nothing to do with astrology. But peel back a few layers and the reality is that it totally does. And before you scroll away thinking this is next level witchy, I promise it's grounded. Just keep reading.
We can probably agree that as humans we are connected to the earth, but as women we are seriously connected to the moon.
Think about it.
Most of us experience menstrual cycles that are 28-30 days, rotating through different phases (menstrual, follicular, ovulatory, luteal), the same length of the lunar month which is going through phases of it's own.
I realized this intense, intrinsic connection when I went off of birth control and over time became synced, almost to the day, with the cycles of the moon.
So being in touch with the moon cycles has actually been a form of self-care. It's created a new perspective for being in tune with my body and listening to what I need, from my workout routine to the foods I'm consuming and aligning them with my cycle.
If this is something you're interested in, I highly recommend reading WomenCode by Alissa Vitti.
In the meantime, here are a few ways I connect with my body throughout the month:
Through the myflo app I track the phases of my cycle. Based on this, I journal about what I'm going through, how I'm feeling, what my body is experiencing. It allows my to find patterns and connections such as why I'm feeling more lethargic or more anxious than usual.
Being in nature
It's hard to be connected with nature when you're not actually in nature. Going hiking, sitting in a tree filled park, being at the beach. These are small joys that bring me huge satisfaction. Not to mention this concept is backed by science in a major way.
Taking time for myself
Part of being in touch with your body is that intuitive process of knowing what you need just as much as you know what you don't need. Sometimes I really, deeply need to be alone. This allows for reflection and ultimately a greater sense of energy in the long run.
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