Learn to withdrawal
Reproductive health issues such as ovarian cysts and PMS commonly emerge from internal imbalances. A phase of retreat is often essential for harmonizing our internal health.
Our current culture has disregarded any emphasis on acknowledging and expressing our emotions. We have become so afraid of releasing old beliefs, vulnerability, and being unworthy, that we (often unconsciously) suppress unpleasurable emotions. These emotions become stored within numerous places in our bodies, rather than felt, expressed and flowed outward.
Blocks in a flow of energy can cause imbalances such as muscle tension, anxiety, organ health issues (ie: reproductive, liver, kidney, etc.), and even more disease.
Let's begin to embody a phase of slowing down and withdrawing in order to flow into a phase of productivity! Embrace reflection throughout the ebb and flows of life.
I’ll refer to the masculine as ‘Yang,’ and the feminine as ‘Yin’
Yin and Yang are Chinese words describing the balance of life, light and dark; one cannot live without the other. Each person carries a unique balance of yin and yang, whereas our culture is strictly masculine.
Yang is to productivity as yin is to withdrawal
We currently live in a state of continual productivity, neglecting any phase of withdrawal for personal internalization. When we have an excess of yang, heat may form in the body, tension may build in the muscles, or anxiety could flare. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an excess of heat often times results in qi stagnation in various parts of the body. Qi stagnation is due to a block of energy which is unable to flow, causing health issues.
Whatever your balance of yin and yang, we all require a retreat back to our inner truth; let go of the mindset of continually moving forward. Retreat will allow for reflection, which is necessary for personal growth. Although slowing down in between a productive day, month, or year is an adverse model of our current society, the feminine cycle has been shown to thrive with the ebb and flow rhythm.
Retreating as a form of self love
- Menstruation - Rest during menstruation is probably the most essential and important step of healing. Menstruation is a time to retreat in order to renew... We thrive on a phase of hibernation to fully embrace the outward flow of progressive energy expressed in the next two weeks of our cycle.
- Cry - Crying is an extremely healthy form of releasing energy and emotion. Unfortunately the more-masculine humans are especially not likely to cry. This is likely connected to society’s pressure to look and act strong at all times.
- Get out in Nature - Most of us live in a city, therefore spend less time outdoors in natural environments. We are continuously flooded with stimulation of a back-lit screen or a stressful day-to-day work life. This is not productive for balanced internal health.
- Chart your cycle - Charting allows for the acceptance and visual recognition of each cycle’s ebb and flow. Use a chart journal to track your fertility along with mood changes, eating habits, sleeping patterns, and anything else you’ve incorporated into your daily routine.
The greatest challenge in life is to embrace one’s inner truth. Namasté.