Butterfly Spirit and her Sassy Pants

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This is part of the Pants of Empowerment project, where women share the voice of their feminine nature and in return, receive a fantastic pair of pants to empower them. All names have been changed. See where your attention is drawn to, where’s the vibrancy here, who wants to speak? It’s like a cerise pink and orange lava lamp landscape, there’s a reluctance to speak, it’s as though someone turned the lights out, I think that’s the stroppy teenager in me. She’s in a strop with arms folded, she’s sulky. It’s about shame, shame ...

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Too Sensitive to Sleep

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My sleepless adventures as a highly sensitive, menopausal woman Understanding menopausal insomnia If you are preparing for or experiencing perimenopause, check out our online retreat 'Am I Going Mad' All through my sleep deprived years I have snatched greedily at any article about how to cure menopausal insomnia, jumping on the latest fix with my claws out, desperate for it to end the misery that sleep deprivation brings. Over the years I have bought and tried the following: Avena sativaMelatoninLavender essential oil5HTPNitolNight time tea of various brandsA ...

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Ending Biodynamic Therapy

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I have had my final session with my therapist. I am deeply grateful for the experience and also very sad, I am mourning the loss of this wonderful supporter as time goes by. It’s been 7 years since I first asked if she would see me on a massage-only basis. I chose her because she was ‘clean’ by which I mean that in the small world of Biodynamic therapy, she had not taught me or supervised me and somehow we had never met. Remarkable in such a small community. In the beginning I started during an intensely busy time; I had full responsibility for the children ...

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What’s your current menopause challenge?

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Taking a look at some of the common challenges that Medicine Circles address. One of the key aspects of receiving a Medicine Circle is creating an intention at the beginning of the process. Making your intention as clear as possible helps to focus the material and makes it easier to integrate it into our daily self-care. It takes a little while sometimes to really get to the nub of what needs answering, but there’s no rule. Sometimes they can be intensely practical – “How do I manage these night sweats?” Through the full spectrum of feeling stuck, physical ...

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Medicine Circles for pregnancy and birth

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I talk to menstrual educator Tessa Sanderson about how Medicine Circles can be used beautifully with those who are currently not cycling, including pregnant women. We explore: What is a medicine circle? How this works with pregnant womenDo you need to have done cycle awareness before pregnancy? Tessa has written widely about the relationship between cycle awareness and birth and you can read more articles here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVZ8mI7qBbw If you'd like to read more about Medicine Circles for menopause, or medicine circles in general, there's ...

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Pants to February

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February is pants is it not? So why not do it differently and make this February a joyous cavalcade of empowering pants! After a long gestation the Pants of Empowerment are now live! To celebrate I’m offering the chance for you to bring some true-self-love into your life by winning your own pair of empowering pants worth £327. Enter the giveaway here The Pants of Empowerment are one-third healing, one third wearable artwork and one-third body positive activism. They celebrate the cyclical creativity and complexity of being a woman; here’s ...

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My Turquoise Waters by Shakti

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This is part of the Pants of Empowerment project, where women share the voice of their feminine nature and in return, receive a fantastic pair of pants to empower them. All names have been changed. Who wants to speak? I think it’s my right fallopian tube.  I think there a sense of a whole open space; the womb, the vagina as well, but it’s more the right fallopian tube Ask her what she needs to say today She says, “You are love, and there’s a whole world of riches and resources here for you”. There are sparks like stars, I can tap into this and ...

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Free Menopause Help

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It's a tricky business finding help when you're feeling vulnerable, especially in menopause so if you're wondering about having a Medicine Circle, you can book a chat with me at no charge and get yourself some free menopause help. There's space to share what's happening, to be witnessed and heard and I can feedback and offer suggestions if you'd like that. Half an hour for you to explore what you need in your life right now. Schedule Appointment

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A Visual Guide To The Inner Seasons

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This is a visual guide to the inner seasons of menstruality, you'll find the more you develop menstrual cycle awareness, the greater the gifts you'll receive. If you want a window into your own, unique inner seasons, charting your cycle or if you don't have one charting by the moon will get you started. A Menstrual Medicine Circle will deepen your understanding of what getting in the way of your well-being and what your next steps are.      

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Infinitely Deep – Meditation Pants

I made these meditation pants for our meditation class so that when we lose our shit, fall into a hole, forget who we are or otherwise encounter pesky obstacles, we can remind ourselves of who we are. They are part of the Pants of Empowerment project, which celebrates the richness and diversity of feminine experience. They were inspired by this koan.   Eshun's Deep Thing Japan - 14th Century  Eshun was a nun at the monastery of Saijoji. The abbot of Saijoji wanted to send a message to the abbot of the great temple of Engakuji, which was known for its ...

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