Why I live by natural cycles
In our modern world, it is easy to get caught up in the 9-5 (or more like 8-6 or 7-7 in a lot of cases). The rat race, the treadmill... there are many phrases that we use to describe our lives which highlight just how out of touch we are when it comes to looking after ourselves as the top priority. What are we living for exactly?
We run our lives by the clock, the calendar, days, weeks, months, financial years and many other human constructs which over my life I’ve felt more and more detached from. These pressures have led me to feel anxious, overwhelmed and depressed at times. Like the expectations and reality are not on the same page... not even on the same planet.
I started to ask myself some questions... why do I wake up fresh some days ready to start the day and why on other days do I feel so exhausted I can barely cook a meal? Why do Monday’s often feel like a drag, encountering more snappy people? Why is everyone always looking forward to FRI-YAY? Why do the weekends feel like they go by so quickly?
At times it felt like I was trying to turn a living breathing being (myself) into a machine that was expected to run like clockwork. It’s most unnatural and in my opinion leads to burn out. This way of living has always felt so unnatural to me, not that I’m against hard work by any means, just that there is no reprieve or balance in our modern world. It feels relentless... like go go go!
Over the last few years I have changed my perspective to be more at one with nature and natures cycles. Using the power of nature we can take rest when required to set ourselves up to bloom when the conditions are right - just like flowers do so easily!
The first set of major cycles are the SEASONS
We’ve just entered Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The temperature is cooling and we are preparing for Winter ahead. We can use this energy to help keep us motivated by embracing the change. Try some of my favourite autumn self care rituals:
Drinking tea and warm drinks
Keeping feet warm with socks and cosy slippers
Keeping the body warm by wearing warm clothes and scarves
Staying rugged up with blankets
Opening the windows during the dat to let the fresh air and rain cleanse the air
Cooking warm hearty meals - seasonal autumn fresh produce
Gardening, repotting and fertilising plants
Planting autumn seedlings
Wearing gumboots and stomping in puddles
As the seasons change, so do our bodies, our nutritional needs, energy levels and so much more.
For more information on seasonal produce, check out this link.
The second major cycle is the monthly MOON cycle
The moon moves water (hence the tides) and our bodies are made up of over 80% water, so it is widely believed that the moon phases can affect our bodies quite drastically - just like the tides!
I like to think of the new moon (no moon) as a period of attracting/manifesting. The slate is clear, the page is blank - you are able to write whatever you want on it. And the new moon provides the perfect energy for you to help with creating your dreams and visions. Set intentions, visualise and work on all the small steps towards reaching your goals and dreams.
On the other hand, the full moon (or about 3 days either side) is perfect for releasing. To really capitalise on that watery moon energy, I like to take salt baths and visualise any heavy or negative emotions being cleansed away. I often add crystals and healing sound frequencies (there are many awesome playlists on Spotify) to help boost my vibration. It can sometimes feel really nice to cry as this helps with releasing, so if you feel it - let it go! Grounding activities can help to transmute negative energies or emotions that may build up around this time. Grounding is an idea of feeling more connected to the earth, you can try walking barefoot on the earth/grass, hugging a tree, getting some sunshine on your skin or just feeling you feet connect to the earth while standing (you can visualise roots coming out from your feet connecting you to the earth - feel the grounded-ness).
The moon is so powerful and we can use its awesome strength to our favour rather than running blindly against these extremely powerful energies. Just simply tune in to how you're feeling - you will sometimes (not always) feel increased heavy emotions around the full moon and this may signal that there is something worthwhile releasing. Then use the burst of fresh energy at the new moon to pop the spring back in your step. It's only natural!
The third major cycles are our BODY cycles
The easiest one to think of is the monthly period cycle for women, however we all have daily fluctuations in our hormones too. From the hunger hormones that tell us when to eat and how much and whether or not we should be feeling 'hangry' or satisfied - to the hormones that tell our brains when it is time to sleep and when to wake up and the hormones that tell us if we are happy or sad, etc, etc. The list goes on.
Our bodies are run by a factory of hormones that run in cycles. If you can capitalise on these cycles you will be able to work with your body rather than against it. Things like waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day, limiting sugary and highly processed foods which wreak havoc on your hormones. Taking care with soy and corn products which may be highly modified as well as limiting caffeine intake can all help. Having a cold shower in the morning to wake up the body and a warm shower in the evening to settle before bed. There are many things that you can do, and if you slow down and listen - your body will tell you exactly what it needs.
So, take this new month and new season as a fresh start. Start living more naturally, in touch with the physical world around you and within you. Slow down and take one day at a time. You'll be glad you did!