Of peace and women or war and gender integration to build peace

Of peace and women or war and gender integration to build peace

What is gender integration? It means that by taking into consideration the role of women when building peace after an armed conflict, the likelihood of a long-lasting peace is greatly increased.

Moreover, I feel like we need to talk more about the invisible consequences of war for women, as one of my students is currently working in a war zone for a peace keeping mission. For instance, domestic violence is often on the rise when men have to be soldiers, while many women find themselves all alone to take care of the children.

I need to share on this topic today to detach my attention from my minuscule little life and try to promote as much as possible harmonious relationships between men and women. Aggressive feminism is so old school. We are no longer one gender against the other, as in a war.

Nowadays, we realize that we do need each others, men and women. We can build from our respective qualities to build a safer world and long-lasting peace.

 

To practice rebounding and feel all the benefits #moveyourbody #trampoline

To practice rebounding and feel all the benefits #moveyourbody #trampoline

After sharing one year ago in a video entitled “Is rebounding good for the #pelvic floor? first thoughts“, I finally use a trampoline every day.

I love it so much! I put Beyoncé at top volume and I jump, I dance, this is so fun. Rebounding feels good because it warms me up when I am cold, I can feel the blood moving everywhere in my body and I have the intuition it is a perfect tool to move the lymph and get rid of toxins.

Try it my friend my sister and let me know 😉

My top 3 magical foods during menstruation #femininemoon

My top 3 magical foods during menstruation #femininemoon

I use the power of plants to take extra care of myself during menstruation.

First, I love spinach because it is so rich in iron. Spinach and bananas make a perfect smoothie.

Then beetroots will help regenerate the blood and detoxify the liver. I mix beetroots and cucumbers for a pink juice.

Lastly, are you aware of the benefits of parsley? Parsley is rich in calcium and full of vitamin C, even more so when it is consumed raw as vitamin C is destroyed by heat. I add it to my smoothie and to my juice as well.

My top 3 magical foods during menstruation #femininemoon

My top 3 magical foods during menstruation #femininemoon

 

#Book review Wild Power by Alexandra Pope #divinefeminine

#Book review Wild Power by Alexandra Pope #divinefeminine

As a woman you are coded for power“. Wow! Wild power is a book you cannot forget.

Wild power introduces you to “the inner powers of the menstrual cycle, and how to work with it as an inner guide and a tool for creating wellbeing“. Now this is women empowerment!

The “power of cyclical consciousness” lies in aligning our way of behaving and creating with the key phases of our cycle. The goal is to organize our life around our moon, our own rhythm.

Alexandra Pope has very interesting key concepts in her book Wild Power.

First, the Inner Seasons of the cycle are the phases of menstruation, pre-ovulation, ovulation and the premenstruum.

Second, the Two Vias (two ways of doing and being) are “the two currents of energy within the menstrual cycle“: expansion of energy from menstruation to ovulation or the Masculine Way (the via positiva) and contraction of energy from ovulation to menstruation or the Feminine Way (the via negativa). While ovulation relates to our place within the world, menstruation tackles our divinity inside. I see them as two poles within us. Maybe this is why women are more of a cyclical nature, contrary to the linear way of men (and society).

Third, the Five Chambers of Menstruation are Separation, Surrender, Renewal, Visioning, Clarity and Direction. Every woman is different of course, but the Five Chambers are roughly the five days of menstruation.

By separating ourselves from the world, going inside and resting, we surrender and regenerate our body. Thus comes the vision of our purpose, cleverly followed by practical guidance from our intuition about what to do next. Wild Power means that thanks to our moon, you can “receive a vision or monthly download for your life’s direction“. How revolutionary! Everything makes sense. During the via positiva, we plant seeds and we take action. During the via negativa, we gently slow down and reap the benefits. Each monthly period can open our mind to new ideas and insights, if we allow it by slowing the pace.

I thought it very interesting that Alexandra Pope wrote: “the collective power of women coming together can birth something quite original that can’t be easily known or accessed on our own. Patriarchy understood this perfectly, and the two ways it managed to control women were to separate us from each other and vilify, demonize and stamp out our ways and practices.” Is this why the #witch is always an ugly old woman in children’s books? To ridicule women who know how herbs and plants work for instance?

However, far from angry feminism, Wild Power aims at creating more harmonious relationships between men and women thanks to the return of such an ancient knowledge.

As regards to PMS, I understood that experiencing pain is the result of believing we can keep going 24/7. Indeed, “the cycle itself isn’t the problem; instead, it’s revealing a problem.”

I wish I knew it in my 20s when I was popping painkillers every month: “Much of what we label PMS is a sign that you’re run down.” Therefore, reducing our stress levels will reduce the painful symptoms by soothing the nervous system. “Rest is the revolution that’s going to power your life, and menstruation is The Ultimate Time for getting it.” Talk about a sacred task! I never thought of rest in this way. Resting to connect to the inner guidance. How beautiful.

Indeed, this is crucial because of the very nature of menstruation which is “the time to abandon all responsibilities and do nothing. There is some power in allowing ourselves to do nothing for a change. It’s the moment for rest, repair and renewal“. It’s also a way of modelling self-care for our daughters so we give them permission to slow down during their moon.

Menopause is another fascinating subject, because I have the deep intuition that it means so much more than society has made us believe. According to Alexandra Pope, menopause is when a woman becomes “the full revelation of [her] Wild Power in service of the World“.

My friend my sister, would you be interested in an interview about menopause with a lovely guest for instance? Let me know! Meanwhile, enjoy the great book Wild Power by Alexandra Pope.

Today I felt a wave of pure #joy (divine feminine)

Today I felt a wave of pure #joy

At the moment, I am reconnecting to what it means to be a woman. I almost wrote a Goddess. I really enjoy reading the book Wild Power by Alexandra Pope. I feel so much more at ease in my feminine skin. I love the idea to schedule my days in sync with my moon. I love the idea of having a time period when the most important thing is to allow. So revolutionary for me. I do not want to be a workaholic anymore. I want to feel the joy and sweetness of life. It’s about time. I wish you love, joy and grace my friend my sister.

The most important advice for our #daughter who gets her #periods

The most important advice for our #daughter who gets her #periods

I am currently diving deep into the topic of periods thanks to the great book Wild Power Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by Alexandra Pope.

When my daughter got her periods, the most important piece of advice I gave her was: follow the seasons of your body.

Our divine feminine body follows four seasons. The book Wild Power explains this concept in a very interesting way.

Thus, during our periods, the body is experiencing a kind of winter phase. It is supposed to be resting in a warm and quiet place.

Then our body experiences a phase similar to spring during the 14 days leading to ovulation, which means summer time. This is when we are full of creative juices and energy.

Lastly, fall precedes winter when our body slows its rhythm before menstruation.

The beautiful magic of the feminine cycle is also beautifully explained in the great book The empowered woman by Kate Magic.

Kate Magic explains why women are not adapted to a linear rhythm but to a cyclical one.

Lastly, diet is again so important in our life that food choices can also be adapted to the seasons of our body. Check out the website Flo Living and the book Woman code by Alisa Vitti for more information about this fantastic idea.