From dilemma to opportunity
Perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause are life transitions that for many women are considered dilemmas.
For example, I scrolled through Pinterest looking for an image. In the same way that it’s hard to find a positive 70-year old birthday card, it’s nearly impossible to find an optimistic spin on menopause.
Yet, isn’t menopause just a natural part of a woman biology? Albeit one that comes with some difficult symptoms.
I’m well past menopause, at least 20 years. But I can truly say that these have been my best years– creative and productive ones. In my 50’s, I got married, sold a yoga business, wrote a book, started up another yoga school, and trained many yoga teachers.
What helped me was making a conscious decision not to accept our society’s negative conditioning regarding menopause. I decided to open up to the experience rather than resist it.
I invented a big gesture to help illustrate to my women friends and myself that we could celebrate this stage. I created a kind of ceremony–a menopause party. I needed to do something positive to make an impact against the tide of common thinking that said ‘menopause is a nightmare.’ This was my way of shaping The Change.’ Not only that, it was a launching pad into the decade of my 50’s, and even beyond.
The Change is a challenge to begin anew, a letting go, renouncing, moving on
To find an unpredicted life not shaped. – Anon. (The Wise Woman)
A collaboration with Ana and Eve
If you are interested in making the most of your experience of perimenopause, menopause or post-menopause, I have a happy announcement. Ana Davis, author, yoga teacher and trainer, and I will be leading a workshop called ‘Yoga for Conscious Menopause and Beyond” at the Wisdom Space in Byron Bay October 27th. I’d love for you to join us. To register, visit www.blissbabyyoga.com/workshops/. Or, if you know anyone who would enjoy and benefit from our day-long workshop, please pass this information on.
What are we planning for participants? A day of learning, sharing, practice, powerful insights, and intention setting. An opportunity to move from seeing menopause as a dilemma into embracing the ‘wise woman’ stage of life, feeling supported and empowered.