I was editing some photos and a glare of trees on my computer screen gave me inspiration. That is the soul purpose of letting the sun into your home.
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To prep for a rites of passage ceremony, mothers would adorn their menstruating daughters hips and waist in beads. As you can see, they are very elaborate. Aside from the visual beauty of beads, many of the women who made waist beads were affluent with the healing nature and symbolism that they possess.
“Taking the time to offer yourself gifts and practicing self love provides comfort and protection.”
I enjoy the wealth of empowerment I receive when I connect with myself. There are moments when some of those empowering connections are considered to be taboo… Like menstruation… I have always been energetic towards my cycle. Since the rise of patriarchy, basic biological, feminine features have been suppressed. Fortunately, this negative infliction towards menstruation has not always been a case. Women and men around the world once embraced menstruation as a resourceful inclination of a potential childbirth, renewal, and life. Blood has always been a powerful medium. What makes our menstruation special is that the blood shed doesn’t stem from harm. Instead, it stems from the blessings of human life.
“Ancient people recognized that a woman’s womb is conjunction with the moon (menstrual cycles) and earth (life nurturing). Like the nourishment of the earth onto plant life, blood nourishes life inside of the womb.” How beautiful is that?
Since menstruation marks a new potential life cycle, our periods are the perfect time to creatively start fresh and birthed new ideas.
Very much like my ancestors, this particular set of waist beads were created as a tool with the intent to intuitively aid women who are menstruating. (Keep in mind that you can wear them at any moment in your cycle. Explore and be creative!)