Flow with the Moon

Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to bleed in sync with the moon? It is so affirming to know that our bodies’ cycles are connected to the cosmic cycles. Stories say that in earlier times, before the influence of artificial lighting, women bled together in the dark of the New Moon. The magnetic force of the Moon influenced the waters of their wombs as well as the ocean tides, encouraging ovulation at the Full Moon and menstruation at the New.

In modern times, many people’s endocrine systems are affected by artificial light, unusual work schedules, pharmaceutical residues in the water, environmental pollutants (the list goes on), and women bleed at many different times of the Moon. I know many sisters who bleed on the New Moon, many who bleed on the Full, and equal amounts of sisters who alternate moons or bleed somewhere in between!

It’s important to remember that you are already flowing with the moon – no matter what lunar phase you bleed in.

There is no right or wrong – it’s not ‘better’ to bleed with the New, or ‘wrong’ if you’re bleeding at the first quarter…We are all different and unique. Notice the messages your blood may be carrying when it arrives early, or late, or in relation to changes in your life…

What is your blood telling you?

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Regardless of what phase of the moon I’m bleeding in, I do my best to carve out a space in my life where I can go into the darkness of that time – a space where I can be in the new moon of my womb – a place of archaic knowing, deep release, and where I can simply be a human being in my body. It’s important for me that I don’t have anything inside of my body that could be blocking my flow (diva cup, tampon, etc) – I want the blood to leave the body at the exact moment that it is flowing. So much of my life I have held tension in my womb area – especially around bleeding time when there was a fear of blood leaking on clothing – so now when I am bleeding I let the blood go freely: If I can be present in the exact moment that the blood is leaving, I bring conscious presence to my labia and all of the muscles around the opening of my vagina so that there is no held muscle tension in the body. I find this to be an empowering practice that is beneficial for releasing residual held traumas on a cellular level.

Tracking your menstruation around the cycles of the moon is a beautiful practice of building connection with your bleeding, regardless of what phase(s) you bleed in. It keeps you connected to the cycles of your life, the cycles of your body, and the cycles of the cosmos. It’s always interesting for me to look back through bleeding calendars over the years and see what I was able to release in the darkness of my moon.

Just as many of us bleed at different times, I know that we all have such different experiences of menstruation. I love hearing the diversity of women’s relationships to blood and also love sharing our common experiences. Please share your thoughts & experiences with me ❤

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In the light of the moon,

Kendall

 

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Coloring, Presence, and “Being Enough”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me that they’ve “fallen off the boat” with their coloring. It’s happened enough times that I’ve wondered if I should forgo the coloring calendar idea all together and just make a colored moon calendar.

I don’t want this calendar to feel like another thing that you have to “get to”, something that you “don’t have time for”, or for it to instill in you a subconscious story that you’re somehow not enough.

The coloring meditation is a gift for you to take or leave, there is no right or wrong way –

Know that you are always enough.

It’s easy when there’s an unlimited amount of things to ‘get done’ for me to live as if I’m just checking things off a list. Supplements: check, Bank: check, Work: check, Walk in the woods: check, etc. When I operate from a place of check-list, I’m not fully present in my life. If I’m walking in the woods because I ‘need to walk the dog’, even though I’m in the woods I’m not actually present in the forest…

Am I listening to the trees?
Am I noticing the rocks around me?

…Or am I matter-of-factly walking my dog in the woods to move onto the next thing on my to-do list?

The coloring meditation of this calendar is an opportunity to be present.

More than ‘something to get done’, or something to mindlessly color in, it is an invitation to connect deeply with yourself.

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Light a candle. Slowly savor a cup of tea. Listen. Ask yourself what your Soul is needing this cycle, and as you color, dream your life into being.

 

Lunar Blessings,

Kendall

 

P.S. Did you know that the 2017 Lunar Mandala Calendar is now in print and available for purchase? You can find it online or at one of many stores across the country.

 

 

 

 

I Forgo Expectations

I forgo expectations

I trust and surrender to the cosmic flow and to what is.

I do not live in a state of resentment and blame for choosing wrongly but instead trust that I am listening to spirit and following intuition, even when it leads me someplace unexpected.

I trust that I am exactly where I need to be for now and know by listening to the wind.

I am held, taken care of, safe and protected in all that is. I am safe in the embrace of the divine.

 

 

 

 

~messages from the first quarter moon~

 

Made by hand

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“Why am I doing this all by hand?” I’ve wondered to myself, sitting cross-legged on the floor, erasing and re-drawing the circles of each lunar phase. It would certainly be easier to plug everything into a computer and not have to spend as much time in the creation process. Yet I chose to draw this calendar by hand so that my energy can infuse into it through the hours I spend in creation.

A year ago I was at a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico, laying on a piece of cardboard on the floor of the Emergency waiting room while a friend was in surgery, in risk of losing her leg. I watched one of our local hosts, Lulu, and my friend Kimberly sit and stitch embroidery for hours as the surgery took place. They would make one stitch at a time, staying present and relaxed, knowing that each stitch was a prayer. As they held that space of tranquilo in their stitching they trusted and co-created the reality that our friend would live.

The energy we hold has the ability to co-create the world around us. When we engage in a process of creation, we have the opportunity to infuse our energy into what we are creating.

My intention to make a hand-drawn calendar was to have a tactile relationship with its creation and so that each line could be infused with prayer. As I worked on each page, I would light a candle and take each session as an opportunity to be present and grateful.

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I imagine with hope the many people around the globe marking their intentions on the new moons, amplifying the positive change they are already making within themselves and their communities. I bow to you for all of the space you hold for peace, for stillness, for action, and for hope during these times of change.

May each mandala you color be a prayer for the new world you are helping to co-create through your thoughts, words, and actions.

Lunar Blessings,

Kendall