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Naomi Katz: Observing Your Monthly Cycle & Cultivating Relationships with Nature & Your Body

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"Our menstrual cycles are the basis of life," says educator and author Naomi Katz. "We all exist because of the health of our mother's menstrual cycle."

In this newest episode of The Time of the Feminine, Naomi Katz - the visionary behind HerWisdom - dives deep into the parallelism of our monthly cycles to the cyclicality of nature and the universe. Just as how seasons shift from winter to spring, our bodies go through chemical changes that drive our menstrual cycles. But more than a biological rhythm, menstruation reveals a deeper spiritual connection we seem to have forgotten because of power systems tagging menstruation a taboo subject.

Here, Naomi explains why it’s time to open up and how we can all step into a healthier relationship with our bodies and Mother Earth. The first step is to pursue an “education of the senses,” and she leaves us with 3 powerful tools on how to do that. When asked what feminine leadership is, she inspires us with the greatest lesson she learned from the strong women who raised her. She specifically highlights her learnings from her teacher, Carmita (Carmen Vicente), a revered Medicine Woman from the Andes Mountains.

Why should you listen to your body and care more about menstrual cycles?

Because the attention and observation you give your internal world is the same attention and observation your external world needs. To become an embodied feminine leader, you must first cultivate an embodied self. This interview is the perfect guide for that!

Naomi is the author of “Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman” and founder of HerWisdom, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the authenticity of women’s leadership. She’s an educator with 20 years of experience working with young women on four continents. She writes programs and curriculum that cultivate women’s leadership and champion a culture of empowerment.

What we discuss…

2:25 - Why academic excellence doesn't guarantee spiritual fulfillment

5:00 - Naomi's journey to her indigenous self, and her encounter with Carmita

9:50 - How religion and capitalism separate people from Spirit

13:00 - The spiritual aspect of menstruation, and what “education of the senses” is

20:55 - How to become a leader who leads in the feminine way

24:21 - "There is no disconnection; there's only lack of attention"

27:15 – Why menstruation isn't about fertility and womanhood isn't about motherhood

30:00 - 3 Practices you can do to cultivate a healthier relationship with nature and your body

35:50 – What feminine leadership is, and her greatest lesson from her elders

42:10 - What's the message of the Divine Mother to us?

 

Learn more from Naomi: 

Website: https://www.naomikatz.com/

Instagram: @naomikatz

 

Related Link:

“Observing Our Cycles” course: https://www.herwisdom.org/observing-our-cycles

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