Last night my love and I watched the last episode of the first season of One Strange Rock on Netflix. Have you seen it? I highly recommend it! Will Smith is the narrator of this visually abundant documentary of our planet, Earth. Eight diversified astronauts share their personal experiences and epiphanies about being in space and looking down at this beautiful, self-contained planet that we live on. It is put together very well, it is very educational, and as I mentioned, the visuals are stunning.
One of the processes that were shown last night was that of the Monarch Butterfly. Beginning its humble beginning as a caterpillar, it then evolves into a cocoon. The caterpillar is incubated in this cocoon for its predetermined amount of time. When this time is up, a transformation has occurred within the cocoon and this beautiful butterfly is ready and wanting to emerge! She begins pushing the boundaries of her cocoon, ultimately breaking through and emerging with big beautiful wings! Suddenly she can fly and experience life in a whole new way.
Like the caterpillar in the cocoon emerging as the beautiful butterfly, we too experience a similar transition each month with our menstrual cycle. Every month, directly before we begin to bleed, we too should be retreating into our own personal cocoon of safety and quietness. It is during this time, the 3-4 days of our moon time, that we are given the opportunity to restore ourselves. This is the time for cleansing and for releasing what no longer serves us; both physically and emotionally. This is our rejuvenation period!
And then, like the butterfly, we too are ready to emerge into the world, refreshed and beautiful, ready to spread our wings and fly! You see, when we give ourselves permission to rest and to dream during our time of menstruation, we can more fully feel the revitalized feeling that naturally comes in the days leading back up to ovulation!
Our blood is our essence and our blood is sacred. It is time for us to value our menstruation process, honor ourselves with proper care, and give ourselves the nourishment we need during our own personal transition time.