The New Cycles of Life Journal
Here it is! The next version of the Cycles of Life Journal.
After listening to the many voices and suggestions of the journaling customers, we have updated and improved the journal in many new and exciting ways.
Firstly, there is SO MUCH MORE information about how to think about our bodies in a positive way, how to relate to our hormones, and how to integrate our hormonal reality in our lives.
The central theme of this journal is to validate our everyday experience of being a woman and to honor, celebrate and give a voice to that which has been hidden and shamed for so long. It is to give you a tool simply to notice, without judgment or a need to change. Our premise is that once women know themselves, they will heal themselves. We see the menstrual cycle as a vital sign of health just as surely as a pulse or blood pressure.
Many women we have worked with in this way have said that the awareness has given them a greater sense of self-esteem, alleviation of painful physical or emotional symptoms and a deep well of wisdom and power to draw on when needed. We are addressing women’s wellbeing in an integrative way by recognizing the importance of our physical, emotional and spiritual state to our overall health. They are inextricably linked and constantly inform each other. The menstrual cycle is a woman's gift to knowing herself fully in these ways. This journal will help you to practice your wisdom. It will guide you through all the stages of your monthly cycle from menstruation to ovulation and back. Along the way we will offer information, insights and suggestions for working with each stage. We offer this in service and gratitude to the lives of women all over the world and to the women who came before us.
Can Tracking Make a Difference?
Can simply tracking change how we experience our hormonal cycle?
This is the finding of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research:
"We found that, of 61 women with proven abnormal menstrual cycles and ovulation (amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, regular anovulatory cycles and regular short luteal phase cycles), after one year of charting, 29 had a normally ovulatory cycle.
Therefore almost 50% became normal. There was no difference in weight change, exercise change or whether they were in the cyclic mpa arm, or calcium or not. Therefore it is a reasonable inference that it was the charting and self-knowledge itself that improved their cycles and ovulatory function."
Prior JC, Vigna YM, Barr SI, Rexworthy C, Lentle BC. Cyclic medroxyprogesterone treatment increases bone density: a controlled trial in active women with menstrual cycle disturbances. Am.J.Med. 1994;96:521-30.
What's In The Journal?
EXAMPLE OF POST-OVULATION JOURNAL PAGE
Understanding our hormonal cycles is a vital key to the well-being of every woman and girl.
Here is a fun, insightful, intriguing, and extremely accessible, interactive tool to give you a thorough understanding of the influence of your hormones.
The journal presents information that reframes the variety of our hormonal reality, including:
· The character of each hormone
· The five phases of our monthly cycle –
menstruation, pre-ovulation, ovulation, post-ovulation and pre-menstruation
· The influence of the hormones on our physical, emotional and spiritual experience
Daily Journal Pages
Examples Pages from a Hormone Journal
How to Use the Journal
“Give yourself time to tune in to and reclaim your cyclic nature. Write a short journal entry every day. The rewards of doing this will be beyond measure. You’ll feel connected to life in a whole new way, with increased respect for yourself and your magnificent hormones.”
Christiane Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
The Cycles of Life Journal will walk you through the 5 phases of our monthly cycle – menstruation, preovulation, ovulation, postovulation and premenstruation.
We explore the following topics in depth:
Our bodies and hormones; moods and emotions; energy, sexuality and creativity; our relationship to money; our dreams and insights.
We track how they are expressed during the 5 phases, what to notice in yourself in these areas, and how to understand them from a place of wellbeing.
As you proceed through The Journal, you will begin to see the patterns of your unique cycle.