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|Menopause - the Wise Woman Way WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?
To the MD Blank Inter Milan Jersey , menopause is the last drop of blood a woman sheds. A woman can be peri-menopausal (around menopause) or post-menopausal (after menopause) but she can never be menopausal, according to this definition.
To most women, however, the years between the first suspicion of change and the final menses constitute the menopausal years, and we are menopausal throughout that time. This decade of transition is compared by some to non-stop PMS, by others to an extended pregnancy. I see it as a second puberty.
Menopause is puberty prime, and the change from a familiar, known self to new and unknown self is the same: amazing, difficult, rewarding Assane Demoya Gnoukouri Inter Milan Jersey , exasperating, and momentous.
"Do not become alarmed when you experience yourself in totally new ways," sighs Grandmother Growth tenderly. "You are changing, getting ready to be initiated into the third stage of your life. Are you ready for the ride of your life?" Susun Weed, Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, Woodstock: Ash Tree, 2002
THE STORY OF MENOPAUSE
The onerous physicalemotional changes that accompany puberty and menopause are strongly influenced - both positively and negatively - by cultural, familial, and personal beliefs.
If we expect our new self to be more powerful, more exciting Antonio Candreva Inter Milan Jersey , more interesting than our old self, we willingly undergo discomfort, pain, sleeplessness, emotional variability, and a host of annoyances and distresses. In America today, this is may be the case when we experience puberty, pregnancy, birth, and lactation.
If we expect our new self to be a weaker Andrea Ranocchia Inter Milan Jersey , less interesting, grayed-out version of our older self, we will naturally resist changing and find the normal abnormalities of change intolerable. This is often the case when American women encounter menopause.
The purpose of this article is not to examine why this is so, or how it came to be so, but to offer a different view of menopause. I want to share with you the teachings I have received from the Ancient Ones, the ancient grandmothers who tell the women's mystery stories. That your journey may be made richer.
"The joy of menopause is the world's best-kept secret. Like venturing through the gateway to enter an ancient temple, in order to claim that joy a woman must be willing to pass beyond the monsters who guard its gate. As you stand at the brink of it, it can appear that only darkness, danger and decay lie beyond. [But] ... as thousands of women from all cultures throughout history have whispered to each other, it is the most exciting passage a woman ever makes." Leslie Kenton Yuto Nagatomo Jersey , Passage to Power. London: Ebury Press; 1995
And let's take some simple herbal helpers with us on our menopausal journey. Their abilities are subtle and far-reaching. They can help us ease symptoms, provide us with optimum nourishment, help us create healthy hearts and healthy bones, and open us to the uplifting power of Nature.
Nourishing herbal infusions provide an abundance of minerals, vitamins, proteins, and phytoestrogens (plant hormones that are similar to estrogen) at low cost and with little effort.
To make a nourishing herbal infusion:
Place one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb (do not use fresh) in a quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water. Cover tightly and allow to steep for at least four hours. Overnight is fine. Strain and refrigerate. Drink 2-4 cups a day, hot or cold, mixed with other liquids (water, juice Yao Jersey , rum, coffee for example) or taken neat.
I rotate through four nourishing herbs: oatstraw, stinging nettle, red clover, and comfrey leaf. Each herb has special benefits for menopausal women. These four herbs, taken one at a time, and infused in water, are completely safe to use. (They may not be safe if taken in tinctures or encapsulated). I have drunk nourishing herbal infusions on a daily basis for more than twenty years.
But before we go further, let's talk about the purpose of menopause.
"She [the postmenopausal woman] is not a sentiment, she is a requirement." Kristen Hawkes Tommaso Berni Jersey , 1997
THE PURPOSE OF MENOPAUSE
Menopause may be a prime factor in women's greater longevity.(1)
Dr. Kristen Hawkes of the University of Utah reports that Hadza women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond gather more food than men or women of other ages and they are as important to the survival of their grandchildren as the children芒鈧劉s mothers are.(2)
The postmenopausal woman is the one who has the stored wisdom to help her community survive. She is the Wise Woman, the one who gives us all a survival edge. Dr. Jared Diamond of the University of California at Los Angeles Medical School maintains that menopause is "among the biological traits essential for making us human."(3)
Dr. Hawkes believes that not only did prehistoric women survive past the age of menopause, but that they were instrumental in freeing our ancestors to exploit new habitats, explore new places, and ultimately to spread across the entire planet.(4)
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MENOPAUSE AS ENLIGHTENMENT
As a long-time student of yoga Stevan Jovetic Jersey , I am struck by the many similarities between menopausal symptoms and the well-known esoteric goal of 芒鈧揳wakening of the Kundalini.芒鈧?
Kundalini is a special kind of energy known in many cultures, including Tibetan, Indian, Sumerian, Chinese, Irish, Aztec, and Greek. Kundalini is said to be hot, fast, powerful Samir Handanovic Jersey , and large. It exists within the earth, within all life, and within each person.
Kundalini is usually represented as a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, but women芒鈧劉s mystery stories locate it in the uterus - or the area where the uMLB Looking T.