Today, I’m breaking open a taboo subject that is too important to be silent about. It is one that usually only gets talked about in public through whispers. I want to warn you before reading this post that if you are easily offended, you may want to proceed with caution.
Earlier this week I started my period.
There. I said it.
With it came my usual distain for this time of the month. I felt particularly annoyed as it approached this time- frustrated for the inconvenience of it all. The back aches, the cramps, the tampons… all of it made me resentful.
It all boiled up last night as I was getting ready for bed. It was late for me, around midnight, and I had just finished showering and brushing my teeth. I was exhausted and so excited to crawl into bed…until I realized I was out of tampons.
Immediately I became infuriated. I could actually feel the anger boiling in my body as I jerked on my clothes and stomped to the car. I raged through the grocery store and by the time I got home, I didn’t crawl, but huffed and puffed my way into bed.
And then it was still.
As I began to calm down, I started thinking, “What in the world am I doing to myself?” At that moment I realized that not only was I making myself miserable, but I was completely rejecting and resenting my body. As someone who has healed from so many illnesses by being incredibly kind to my body, I know what this hate does.
I began to thank my body for it’s good work.
I thanked it for tirelessly preparing the way every single month in case I ever want to have children. I thanked it for giving me a chance to shed the time passed and start fresh each month. I thanked it for forcing me to slow down for a few days. I thanked it for teaching me the lesson of embracing every part of myself.
I thanked it because this is a big deal. As women, we get our periods every month. If we are spending a week every month resenting our bodies for something they were made to do, what harm are we doing to ourselves? I can tell you firsthand that when we harbor anger towards our bodies, illness can begin to manifest and our emotional and spiritual states are compromised.
In fact, having our periods is the most fundamentally feminine thing in our lives and if we reject it, we are standing against our femininity– and this is who we are.
You may not always feel as angry as I did this week (and I rarely get to that level either), but you may find yourself dreading that “time of the month”. You probably have a general annoyance or frustration happening for days and it is probably worse if you experience intense symptoms.
I have a challenge.
This month, let’s thank our bodies. Let’s embrace this gift that our bodies give us each month. Let’s welcome our cycles with love and respect for the hard and dedicated word that our reproductive systems do.
Question: Can you do this? Can we learn to love every part of ourselves? Why is this important? Let me know in the comments below.
Today I choose to love and thank my body for the tireless work it does every day. What do you choose?