Last week during our Origin enrollment period, I was messaging back and forth with Ellen who manages our customer service inbox to find out what the most common questions we were getting about the membership were, so I could make sure to answer them in my emails and social media.
Her response surprised me:
“I found about five different iterations of “I don’t get a period because__________ (ablation, menopausal, etc.) so how would this work for me?”
We have a rule in our company that if we get something in the inbox 3 or more times, it’s a trend and it requires action or communication of some kind.
So, I thought it would be useful to write about how you can practice cyclical alignment (whether you’re part of our membership, Origin®, or not) when you don’t have a period.
This is something I talk about all the time on podcast interviews, but I wanted it to have its own sweet home on my website so that we can send it to folks who ask in the future.
So, here we go…
Ironically, the bulk of the time that I’ve been teaching the Do Less Methodology, I’ve either been pregnant or nursing and have not had a period myself.
Here’s what so cool (this is the crux of how to practice cyclical alignment when you don’t have a period):
The moon has an incredibly predictable cycle that lasts 29.5 days.
It has 4 distinct phases, each of which have their own energetic signature.
These 4 phases and 4 energetic signatures have the exact same energetic quality as the 4 phases of the menstrual cycle and the 4 seasons.
Here’s how they fit together:
So, whether you’re pregnant, do not have a uterus, are post-menopausal, or don’t have a period for any number of other reasons, guess what?
You can use the moon!
(And if you do have a period but you don’t get it at the new moon and you’re not sure how to work with the 2 different energies of your menstrual phase and the lunar phase, get on my list so you don’t miss the post I’m doing about that next week.)
The advantage of using the moon for cyclical alignment is that it’s freaking predictable.
Why are we affected by the moon?
Because we’re made up of 60% water, and the moon’s gravitational pull affects water. (Hello, tides.)
Even though we don’t have tides in our bodies, there’s some fascinating data showing the moon’s effect on us, such as baby booms during Supermoons, the moon’s phases affecting our sleep, and the moon’s phases affecting our emotions.
So, how do you use cyclical alignment with the moon to do less and achieve more?
Here are some ideas:
You definitely do not need to have a period to benefit from cyclical living. While your energetic relationship with the moon may be more subtle than hormonal energetic ebbs and flows that cause periods, it can be equally (or even more) powerful.
Remember: This is an energetic practice. There’s no way to get it right or wrong. It’s about listening to yourself and honoring how you feel. Put away your protractor, have fun with it, and lean back into the flow of lunar support that’s available to you at all times.
Now I’d love to hear from you:
How do you work with the moon around productivity, manifesting, and energy management? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
P.S. Want to dive deeper with more strategies for doing less to achieve more? My book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women, has 14 experiments to try that will blow your mind with how simple, yet effective, they are.
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