Today begins my exploration of patterns, natural rhythms, cycles, seasons and phases. I am inspired by the book:
4 Seasons in 4 Weeks: Awakening the Power, Wisdom, and Beauty in Every Woman’s Nature by Suzanne Mathis McQueen.
In her wonderful book, McQueen studies the patterns of the feminine monthly cycle. Without giving too much away just yet, I will say that she provides her readers with a a blueprint for how to make the most of these phases. Her belief is that understanding them deeply and working with (rather than against) their own cycle will enhance women’s lives.
Most women can easily recognize how their body changes during certain times of the month. Swelling from water weight-gain, feeling hot or cold, and feeling hungry are all symptoms of a woman’s hormonal cycle. Much of what we read or hear about this cycle is negative. The internet is full of images of women writhing in pain from cramps, and articles about how to survive the terrible inconvenience of a monthly period.
Could there be an upside, however? Are there benefits to each phases of this cycle? Can we use our cycle make our lives more productive? Can understanding our own hormonal patterns make our bodies more healthy and beautiful?
McQueen says yes, and uses the analogy of the 4 seasons to explain how each week of a woman’s monthly cycle changes her desires and priorities. During the winter phase, for example a woman may feel like hibernating, being alone, and taking time for introspection. During the Spring phase, they may feel beautiful, outgoing and expressive.
I deeply resonated with McQueen’s analogy and found it helpful to acknowledge these phases.
In a future post I will get more into Mcqueen’s explanation of her 4 seasons analogy and how it can help you understand your body, energy and attractiveness in accordance with your monthly cycle. I also want to explore the incredible potential present in the idea that cycles, seasons, phases and patterns can affect the body, and how understanding them can can enhance health, well-being, and attractiveness.
Have a magical day!