BY: DENAE THIBAULT
As women, we’re lunar in nature. Occurring every 28 days, our menstrual cycles are synced up with the waxing and waning of the moon. Our inner ecosystem shifts as we move through the four phases of our cycle: menstruation, pre-ovulation, ovulation, and pre-menstruation.
It should come as no surprise that these hormonal shifts also bring about emotional and energetic shifts within our being. At Moon Cycle, we believe that by taking the time to get up close and personal with our cyclical nature, we give ourselves permission to enter the gateway to embodying our sacred feminine essence. While modern-day society has conditioned us to moan and groan over these hormonal shifts, the truth is that each phase of our cycle holds a wellspring of wisdom waiting for us to explore.
Every month I find myself at my creative peak during the days leading up to ovulation (two weeks before menstruation). During ovulation, our bodies are open and ready to create. We are highly fertile and flirty and we may feel more sociable, expressive, and energetic. After taking time to get intimate with my cycle, I came to realize that every month leading up to ovulation, my writing felt more descriptive. My body wanted to express itself. My hands asked to be covered in paint. Each month, I feel a creative force move through me in a way that feels embodied, raw, and unapologetic. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So how do we harness this creative energy bursting through our bones? Our bodies often send us signals informing us of what it needs to express itself. I’ve mapped out my five go-to creative outlets each month in hopes of inspiring you to dive into your creative flow. As you sit with yourself, ask your body: how would you have me create?
It doesn’t have to be perfect. As the words pour out of you, let it be messy. Chaotic. You don’t even have to write in complete sentences if you don’t want to! Sometimes our creative force asks us to simply put pen to paper so that it can splash itself down into a page and be seen. Whatever you write, do not judge. Honor the energy before you.
Move your body. Strip off your clothes. Blast your favorite song. By dancing, we reconnect with our feminine nature by simply allowing our bodies to move in whatever way it desires. Don’t worry about how you look. Close your eyes and dance. Feel what happens.
On your face. On a canvas or a piece of cardboard. On your partner’s body. Yeah. Just paint. Observe the colors your hands gravitate towards. How many patterns can you create? What does your painting say to you?
Get in your car. Throw on your favorite Spotify playlist. Roll the windows down. And SING. We are in our full self-expression when we activate our throat chakra. Whether you’re the best or worst singer, your vocal chords could care less and your soul will thank you.
With your iPhone or with your digital SLR or with your old-school Polaroid. What images are speaking to you? How are you capturing their essence? Photography helps us to observe how our eyes interpret the world and also serves as a great excuse to go on a spontaneous photo adventure!
So, moon mamas: However you choose to respond to the creative energy bursting through you is entirely up to you. How will you honor your divinely feminine force? Please share in the comments below!