In today's fast-paced, high-stress world, many of us are seeking ways to live more harmoniously and mindfully, both in relationship to our bodies and the world around us. Enter cyclical living - a concept that nudges you to tune into the natural ebb and flow of your biological rhythms, as well as some broader cycles of nature.
What is Cyclical Living?
Cyclical living is a holistic philosophy inspired by the innate cycles of life — day and night, the four seasons, lunar cycles, and particularly, for those who menstruate, their menstrual cycles. In short, it is a way of life that respects and makes conscious efforts to sync with these natural rhythms.
By working with our rhythms - rather than against them, or by numbing them - we can more easily enter a state of productivity, joy and flow. This is a state of maximum health and vitality that many women never experience because they’re stuck in the linear, daily grind of modern, patriarchal culture.
Why Embrace Cyclical Living?
Where modern societal norms push us towards constant action and productivity, cyclical living encourages acceptance of our fluctuating energy levels and capabilities. Adapting to this lifestyle not only fosters a deeper sense of body awareness and self-care but also can result in enhanced wellness, stress reduction, and even increased efficiency.
How Do I Practice Cyclical Living?
Menstrual Cycle Awareness
For menstruating individuals, cyclical living often means aligning lifestyle with the four phases of the menstrual cycle: menstruation, follicular phase, ovulation, and luteal phase. Mapping your physical and emotional state throughout the cycle can help tailor your activities to optimize your energy and productivity.
Lunar Cycle Mindfulness
Beyond personal biology, the lunar cycle offers another rhythm to sync with. Paying attention to the moon's phases can add a broader, spiritual dimension to cyclical living. Many find an association between the moon's phases and their energy or emotional state.
Each season brings its unique rhythm and energy. By adjusting our habits to reflect the season—such as eating seasonal produce, modifying workout routines, and varying self-care practices—we can honor these shifts in natural cycles.
Embracing Cyclical Living
Cyclical living provides a gentle reminder that we are part of nature, not separate from it. Aligning ourselves with the flows of life affords a slower, more patient, and forgiving approach to our everyday existence and that can unlock a surprising amount of power, energy, joy and productivity.
Before you embark on this journey, remember that this practice is highly personal and there isn’t one 'right' way to live cyclically. Listening deeply and respectfully to your body's needs at all times is the core of cyclical living.