New Year, New Moon, New Adventures

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Today will see the earth and all her inhabitants enjoying the first new moon of the New Year. This time in the lunar cycle can be considered a new beginning; a time to start afresh. Many women enjoy and benefit from using the energy of the new moon to set some intentions in their life for the next 30 day cycle while also taking the time to reflect on the past 30 days. 

New Years resolutions grab a lot of headlines and that's all well and good but I have found that having small but meaningful intentions are more manageable and achieve a better success rate. And each victory, however small, leads us ever closer to the ultimate gold. For example, say your ultimate goal is to write a book. I suggest that instead of making a resolution to "write a book" which is daunting and bound to make you feel completely alone and frustrated, break it down to "write 25 pages between now and the next new moon (Thursday Feb 15)". By setting smaller goals for yourself you achieve two things - the first being that this objective won't fill you with dread (or should't) because you're not asking too much of yourself, and secondly,  the sense of pride and accomplishment you feel when you achieve it will fill you up and motivate you for the next cycle. Before you know it, you'll have written a book. 

There are lots of suggestions on the internet about how one can go about celebrating and honouring the new moon, among there are saying prayers to the moon like this one,

 

Prayer from thegoddesscircle.net

and having a new moon bath ritual. If you're fortunate to have windows around or near your bath, make sure the curtains are open so you can let in as much natural light as possible (even if it's mostly starlight).

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source: Pinterest

source: Pinterest

 

Whether you make a conscious effort to honour and acknowledge the moon cycles with a small and intimate ceremony, or just continue on your everyday routine, the fact remains that this particular phase of the moon brings with it many gifts. 

This time is known to be the beginning of new relationships and adventures. I encourage everyone to never close their hearts or minds to either.  

Positive changes are believed to be easier to make happen now thanks to the energy of the moon and a little willpower. 

Decide what you want to achieve and focus on the 3 R's - 

 

REMAIN, RELEASE, RECEIVE

take note of what 

you're grateful for, 

what you want to release 

and what you want to

receive. 

 

I hope you find contentment, abundance and success during this lunar cycle. 

Posted on January 16, 2018 .

The Healing Power in a Cup of Tea

Today is International Tea Day and of all the soothing remedies known to womankind for menstrual discomfort there is nothing quite as pleasurable and effective as a cup of tea. Accompany that warm tea with a comfy couch, a hot water bottle and a good book and you   might not mind being on your period so much and might actually have a moment of divine feminine serenity. 

There are a number of different herbal teas that help with menstrual cramps, bloating and other menstrual-related symptoms.

 

Long known for it's ability to relax muscles and anxiety, chamomile is an excellent tea to enjoy while Aunt Flo is in town but be warned, it has a mild sedative effect on the nervous system and is best enjoyed later in the day or evening. 

Chamomile tea is super gentle and highly effective. This is a tea that you can sip from the beginning of your cycle until the end to keep your body, mind, and emotions in a joyful place.
— herbaltealife
 

 

Cramp bark is traditionally used for any type of cramping or spasmodic pain including uterine, ovarian, abdominal and back pain which makes this an invaluable herb for women who experience any of these kinds of pain during menstruation. 

 

 

Black Cohosh is such a powerful herb that a small pinch added to another blend will bring out the benefit of it's pain relieving properties. The root of this herb acts to help soothe and relax the uterine lining. It is best to only use this in your tea while you're actively having your period and not throughout the rest of the month. It's the big guns so remember, a tiny pinch will do you! 

Whatever tea you choose enjoy your cuppa! 

 

On #GivingTuesday Empower a Homeless Woman

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Today is #GivingTuesday and so I urge you to consider donating as little as $5 and your charity will have a profound effect on the lives of two homeless women.

As the Female Empowerment Bracelet tracks the entire cycle, it will help young women know when they are most fertile. This knowledge could prevent them from participating in unprotected sexual intercouse or might motivate them to use protection if they do, thus avoiding pregnancy. 

Did you know that pregnancy rates among homeless youth are much higher than throughout the general population?

According to this study up to 22% of homeless female youth currently are pregnant whereas amongst the general population the rate is about 12%. 

Additionally, most homeless women don't have access to a cell phone and so although period tracking apps are awesome and helpful, not so much for those that need them most.

A Female Empowerment Bracelet is a low-tech alternative and along with helping keep track of fertile days, it grows an awareness within the woman about the entirety of her cycle and days, helping her know when to best look for feminine hygiene products amongst other things. 

For every $5 donated, I will personally deliver TWO bracelets to homeless women in my city of Toronto. If you have an organization where you would like me to send bracelets, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do just that.  As this is running for a limited time, simply click the "other" button on the donation page  and enter 5 (or whatever denomination you wish to contribute).

Alternatively, you could also donate to our partner CodeRed which provides menstrual management products to women living in the margins of society. 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.
— Charles Dickens
Posted on November 28, 2017 .