Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) The Storm Before the Storm
Personally, I prefer to combine and therapies with a mind-body connection. PMS and many female disorders have such a strong, and unfortunately, negative psychiatric component. In many cases, this disorder, listed in the psychiatric diagnosis bible DSM-IV and there are physicians that do not feel PMDD is even a legitimate disease process. (See article)
Donna Eden in her book, Energy Medicine,makes a reference to PMS as a gift. “PMS drops you deep into your own being, and your own truth explodes forth. Whatever you have been successful at burying or denying to yourself bursts forth at this time of the month. It is a truth serum from which you cannot escape, and if you carve out space for it, PMS makes you wiser” (Eden, 1998).
I have come up with a simple ceremony geared towards reclaiming your control and to help in establishing ritual. I find it fascinating in our society that we are very ritualistic when it comes to ingesting medications and when we undertake surgical procedures, but we have eliminated daily ritual in our lives. Let us look at a simple ritual for PMDD or PMS that could possibly help a woman regain superiority over her second chakra.
Find a sacred space. That place where you feel the most comfortable and where you will uninterrupted.
Set the stage by filling the room with the scent of bergamot or neroli; fennel, rose, geranium, or citrus fruits will work as well. If you do not have incense or oils you can try filling the bathtub will bath salts.
On the floor of your sacred space, create a sacred geometric shape such as a circle or triangle; whatever appeals to you at the time. It is also important that you create this circle or shape with whatever is pulling you. If you are outside and wish to surround yourself with river rock or are inside and have potpourri it only matters that you create a space for”you”.
Before stepping into your space, set an intention. It may be something simple like “Give me the freedom to control my fears and anxieties”. With the intention, breath deeply and step into the circle.
Sit or lie down in your space, comfortably, but not so that you will fall asleep. Sleep can be a wonderful part of your ceremony, but save that for after the ritual.
Meditate on your intention. Meditate on the word control and only the word control. Feel the colors of control and the smells of control. Open the top of your head (figuratively) to the archetype of the Benevolent Queen. Allow the healing powers of other women to enter your spirit. Claim it as your own. I would recommend this type of contemplative meditation for 15 minutes to start; increase your time as you desire.
When you have truly brought the word control to the point where you feel as though you own it, then bring your focus back to your breathing. Listen to your breath and calm your mind.
Ease yourself out of your meditation and step out of the circle.
Close your ceremony by thanking the sisters that were present with you in your quest and to the power of the moon that influences the cycles of the earth and water.
If your practice becomes more advanced, I have recommended that women try a moonlight stroll in a safe area where they can bathe in the moonlight and focus their meditation while they walk. With every slow step, think the word “control.”
In conclusion, there are many different therapies for help with PMDD or PMS. The goal is to try and find the one that is right for you. For many women, they will start with medications like Prozac and other SSRIs. These may be helpful, but so can chamomile tea and and a nice hot bath with bergamot. Be open to the change that is going on in your body and keep a journal to record the journey. Look back at your journal and see if certain practices help more than others. Share the journey, you’re not alone.
Originally published at www.drshawntassone.com on September 26, 2015.