This has been a wonderful week. We are experiencing a heat wave in Norway and Bergen (usually known for its rain) has had sunshine for three months. No one can recall a summer like it – this is global warming for real.
The weather is becoming more extreme here, with harsher winter storms and hotter summers. So while other people were basking in the sun and swimming in the sea, my partner and I were heading out to the countryside to visit family. Another aspect of global warming is the early maturing of fruits and berries, so we were there to pick some.
I was thinking of the implications of global warming while picking succulent, ripe redcurrants. They were ready now almost a month ahead of their usual time. What causes my own cycle to change? For the most part, it is pressure and stress beyond what is good for us.
Ok, we sometimes do it to ourselves – we stay up late, eat differently, push ourselves beyond our healthy boundaries in competition with others.
But sometimes external pressures cause cyclic changes, and in my experience that feels unpleasant and unhealthy. So what happens when the natural cycle of the planet is pressured and squeezed? It surely can’t be a good thing.
Our natural cycles always move a little, as so does the Earth’s. But global warming isn’t the Earth doing it to herself, it’s us doing it by our excessive consumption and greed for more stuff and money. Bigger houses, faster cars. We are giving global warming momentum when forests are cut down, the seas polluted and fields pushed to produce as much produce as possible.
We need to change our ways and reduce our carbon footprints on our mother earth. Do you know what yours is? You can work it out here. It might surprise you.
So it’s about treading gently across the earth, about examining our values and reducing impact where we can.
It’s about going back to the old ways of well, harvesting fruits and berries, of really being part of the world we’re living in. Reducing our consumption and achieving sustainable lifestyles. Finding a healthier balance.
This is what we do with our menstrual periods. We track our menstrual cycles, notice patterns and connections. And we learn and amend our ways. Yup, long hours and not enough healthy food and sleep, and there’s PMS with a vengeance. So we make the necessary changes in order to make next month a gentler month, with an improved balance in body and mind.
This is what women do, because we have these amazing monthly cycles. Men have cycles too, but they are different and longer, so perhaps women really should take the lead on this. We are the ones with the expertise here.
I believe that if we apply women’s wisdom to the issue of global warming, we’ll find a way to deal with it. Our experience is rooted in our bodies and we can find plenty of transferable experience there.
Our menstrual cycles can be a joy if tune into them, learn to understand our bodies and how we change with the cycle. Living with this constant change can be wonderfully liberating, once we understand. Learning how is what Cycle Harmony is all about.
Vild Prestegard is an anthropologist, holistic therapist, Reiki master and public speaker based in Norway. She is a regular blogger for Cycle Harmony. You’re welcome to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments.