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The Rhythm Way is a resource for your Wild Heart, which has kept the steady rhythm of your life’s unfolding. Along with your breath and the fluid choreography of your body, this rhythm mirrors and reflects the cyclical patterns of every living thing in the inner and outer wilds. From the cycles of the seasons, to the wax and wane of the moon, to our own inner stages of psychological development, our life processes are reflected back to us in a thousand silent ways from the Natural, instinctual world. It is now more than ever that we as a global, human community need to remember that we are not alone, but indeed connected in a irrefutable way with all of life, and death. It is these explorations that help us to reconnect with our own soulful and artistic offerings that when authentic, will serve the planet in ways we cannot even imagine and fill our lives with meaning.
My mother gave me a necklace on the first day of my moon blood. I thought of how being a woman meant mess, and uncomfortable scents and limitations to the frivolity of childhood play. Whether that moment was fueled by a barrage of hormones or a deeper lament for the passing of time I do not know.
What I do remember is the handing of the necklace — one I will never wear, and the smell of horses and a taste in my mouth like shame. And beneath it all a deep grief that was not mine alone to own and to feel, but that kept at my side, an unwelcome guest, for some time to come.