Our Cycles – Period and Full Moon Diary

by Sara Harris BHSc, Cert. NFE, Melbourne, Australia

To meet with women is a very beautiful thing – there is something very ancient about gathering and being together to support one another.

Recently, this February, we had a gathering such as this in Melbourne. It was a presentation for women titled: “Nurturing the Woman Within: Reclaiming Your Natural Rhythm within our Modern Times” presented to us by Natalie Benhayon.

This presentation was also the launch of a new ‘tool’ that is now available as an App from iTunes called ‘Our Cycles – Period and Full Moon Diary’. The creation of this app and what we can use it for is nothing less than revolutionary. We now have the opportunity to record our period, menopause and full moon cycles in great depth, all at the convenience of our finger-tips!

Generally, the other cycle apps available are used and targetted to those who want to achieve (or avoid) pregnancy. The ‘Our Cycles’ app, created by Natalie Benhayon, is far more complete and offers us something that is pretty amazing! With this tool (a reflection of our modern times) we have the opportunity to understand and connect to our bodies and know ourselves in a way that we may have not seen as possible before.

During the presentation we had some discussion about our cycles and considered how a ‘period tracking diary’ would benefit us. Some suggestions were:

  • It can help us access a deeper awareness of what is going on in our body and thence the opportunity to make different choices.
  • It can be an opportunity to see / learn so much about self – and then work with it.
  • It could offer us more of an understanding of others and where they are at.
  • We can nominate something e.g. exhaustion or unsupportive patterns with eating, and track this to see if there is a pattern and a possibility to break the pattern.
  • Using the period and moon App could be a time in the day to just be with ourselves… to reflect.

So, our cycles are here for a reason… a very good reason: more than just about our being capable of carrying and birthing a baby. In fact, our periods are a gift and a blessing… and when we can begin to see them in this way, we can experience having a sense of control over our bodies and our monthly cycle rather than being at the mercy of something that is just happening to us, and is way beyond us.

Our period cycle is not beyond us and it is not some out of control function that we are cursed with, like many of us grow up learning to think. What if we were taught from young that our period is actually about connecting to our bodies? Natalie asked us to ponder on this question. And what if sex education was more than just ‘sex ed.’ that most experience at school, which doesn’t give us much more than the anatomical and physiological basics, leaving many embarrassed, confused and often hesitant and anxious about what is inevitably ahead of us. What if, when we got our period, we weren’t just given a pad, but also a period diary? It seems obvious that given the opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves by understanding more about our body, our experience of becoming a woman may have been a very different story. There was a resounding agreement in the room of 100+ women, when we considered the possibilities here.

The fact is, every month we are ‘cycling’ – even those who are not bleeding – going round in circles! Therefore we have the opportunity to learn and develop by reflecting on our previous month and choosing another way for the next time round. Of course, this requires some extra awareness and attention to begin with to become familiar with our period cycle in its entirety. Yes, in its entirety! We don’t just bleed for 5 or so days and nothing else goes on for the rest of the month! There is so much happening, so many intricacies and hormonal interplays, so with a little more awareness, we can learn so much about where our body is at.

If we have the same recurrence of a particular symptom, emotion or behaviour, then with this awareness we can make a choice to do something about it. With more of a loving understanding about where we are at or where we are coming to in our cycle, we may choose to do something a little differently, and over time we may see that our body is responding to the new level of care and love that we are choosing. For example, we may always find ourselves exhausted after our period finishes, so in preparation for that we may look at how we are with ourselves whilst we have our period. It may be that living at the same pace for the rest of the month is simply not what our body is calling for. If we chose to rest more and honour what we feel, our body then has an opportunity to heal itself and to help us to connect deeper to what it is truly asking.

A period diary is the awesomest and perhaps only way to do this. And now, with the creation of the ‘Our Cycles’ app we have easier access to making this part of our daily rhythm, and recording in depth the ebbs and flows of the inevitable cycles that we are a part of. We are constantly cycling. So there is always the potential for amazing awareness and amazing healing… OR we can just keep living the same patterns and behaviours over and over again… It is our choice. As Natalie shared with us, with more awareness, we may even uncover how we can tend to focus on ‘the bad’ and make ‘it’ everything, rather than appreciating what has been lovely and beautiful throughout the month, and giving this the focus.

Just as women who have their period cycle month to month, so too do menopausal women, and also men. Their cycle is with the full moon, so yes, in effect, they have a period too! So not only can menstruating women use ‘Our Cycles’ – it is for us ALL.

I am inspired by the amazing potential we have to heal by connecting more with our body, and also by sharing our experiences with each other, as we did in this Women’s Group. The richness that was shared and the opportunity that we have with Our Cycles – Period and Moon Diary’ has the potential to be incredibly healing for us all.

Thank you Natalie Benhayon.

213 thoughts on “Our Cycles – Period and Full Moon Diary

  1. “We are constantly cycling.” Understanding that how we care and nurture ourselves in a cycle will be felt in the next cycle offers the opportunity to forever deepen the connection to the beauty of who we are.

  2. I absolutely love my our cycles app, knowing more about my cycles means i have deeper and more clearer knowing of who i am.

  3. Meeting and talking with other women can be very, very beautiful. We can grow together and and support one another through our experiences, presentations held by Natalie Benhayon truly encourage that. They encourage women to feel their beauty, walk content within themselves and in that discard any comparison, jealousy or insecurity. In that we get to be our real selves and support one another with wisdom beyond our age, beyond our work experience and family dilemmas.

  4. “We can nominate something e.g. exhaustion or unsupportive patterns with eating, and track this to see if there is a pattern and a possibility to break the pattern.” what a absolutely amazing opportunity each month we have to call to a head something that no longer serves us.

  5. We are cycling always, all of us, when you stop to really consider that, it means that in effect we repeat ourselves, often in different guises but still the same, until we truly understand what is before us and change; the other side of this, is we’re constantly offered the opportunity to expand, and cycles support us in this, they offer a spherical way of seeing life and provide an understanding that we are part of something bigger than us and that we are a vital part of that.

  6. I did this app on daily basis a while ago which was beautiful and very confirming,
    Interesting to see how I stopped doing it. Why we stop with something that supports us?
    How deep is the commitment with ourselves to deepen our love? How much bigger is the pattern to take care of others etc?

    1. Thank you Joshua, from your comment I realise that I am still using that term ‘getting there’ and how futile it is. We don’t have to get anywhere, as you say and I certainly don’t have to go from one activity to the next feeling that I am achieving…. Beautiful to allow myself the pause and deepen.

  7. It is always our choice, what do we want, ‘We are constantly cycling. So there is always the potential for amazing awareness and amazing healing… OR we can just keep living the same patterns and behaviours over and over again… It is our choice.’

  8. We certainly need support in healing ourselves in this time of much illness and disease, ‘the opportunity that we have with ‘Our Cycles – Period and Moon Diary’ has the potential to be incredibly healing for us all.’

  9. Loving having a period and getting to know more about me and my cycles – this month my period co insides with the full moon so super cool in that it will be offering me more ways to know myself and expand.
    We live our lives so ignorant to the cycles that abound us, however no matter of avoidance does not defy the fact that cycles continue and have their influence whether we consciously notice or not.

  10. Making the space to observe how we’ve felt in the day, how our bodies have been, is a great tool that supports true and lasting change. If we’re not aware of something than how do we ever expect to change anything? Add appreciation to awareness and life starts to feel expanded and full of potential and possibility.

  11. “As Natalie shared with us, with more awareness, we may even uncover how we can tend to focus on ‘the bad’ and make ‘it’ everything, rather than appreciating what has been lovely and beautiful throughout the month, and giving this the focus.” This is so true – we tend to have a mis-aligned focus when it comes to ourselves and our mistakes and bad points in life, preferring to focus on what’s wrong instead of acknowledging there may be more to appreciate than we first thought. I realised recently I was becoming increasingly negative about myself and life so I’ve been experimenting with giving less emphasis on what is wrong or what is bad – it’s very early days but my focus is definitely beginning to shift.

  12. To deepen our relationship with ourselves is always a great choice, and this would definitely help, ‘What if, when we got our period, we weren’t just given a pad, but also a period diary?’

  13. It is rare to hear women express about their period cycles but when they do, I often hear a lot of negative news. This to me is a sign we are not living and appreciating what a blessing and healing it is for women to experience periods. It is a time of deep nurturing, clearing, healing and appreciation.

    1. I agree with you Chanly that our period ‘is a time of deep nurturing, clearing, healing and appreciation.’ Ever since I’m aware of that and consider it, I’m having another very different relationship with my body and feminity. Everything makes more sense, it seems lovingly encompassed and I feel more and more supported for what every period brings to me. The more aware I am of it, the more awareness is there to be embraced…

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