We love the Mooncup® – a reusable menstrual cup that provides women with a great way to reduce waste during their time of the month. Read on to find out why!
October is upon us and autumn is unfurling at a rapid pace. In this edition of our ever-popular Vibes newsletter, we are pleased to share the details of some amazing events and products on the holistic scene. Grab a nice warming cup of tea and check them out below!
The Joys of October: Temperatures are dipping, leaves are falling, cosy fires are being lit, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner – yes, it is that time of year again. First things first: our cover star Marianne Williamson is coming to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, on Wednesday October 10th, for a special talk being run by the lovely folks over at seminars.ie. Tickets for the much-anticipated event are sold out, but we are giving away a free ticket on our Facebook page – just click here to access our pinned post, which contains all of the competition details. Simply like the post, comment with your favourite Marianne Williamson quote, and you’re in! The winner will be announced on Monday October 8th.
If you haven’t had a chance to read our Autumn 2018 issue, fear not: you can pick up your copy in one of our stockists throughout the country, or subscribe here to get the magazine delivered right to your door.
The Conscious Concert: a Unique Experience of Joy and Connection
For a night out with a difference, check out the Conscious Concert taking place from 1.00 to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday November the 11th in Griffith College, Dublin 8, organised by Conscious Concerts Ireland. The concert experience promises to be an immersive adventure with music and wisdom from around the world, and will include some games that are designed to let your body intelligence guide you to the people you are meant to meet and connect with. The experience will also feature times of stillness and dancing.
Positive Nights Presents: An Evening With Trinity Vision Seeker
We are thrilled to announce that Trinity Vision Seeker (formerly known as White Elk), a gifted grandmother/ healer from the Cree/Salteaux Nation, will visit us for a special evening of love, truth and wisdom on Thursday October 18th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Central Hotel, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. To learn more and book your ticket, click here.
After her evening with us, Trinity Vision Seeker will be leading inspirational workshops around the country with fellow teacher and healer, Unity Star. For all details on those events, just follow this link.
Rupert Sheldrake to Deliver Seminar on Science and Spirituality
Traditional religion has declined in Europe, but recent studies have shown that spiritual experiences are surprisingly common even among those who are non-religious, including near-death experiences and spontaneous mystical insights. On Tuesday October the 30th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m., well-known biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake will visit the Hampton Hotel, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 to deliver a talk on the many intersections between science and spirituality. More information is available here.
Celebrate Hallowe’en in an Alternative, Alcohol-Free Way
If you want to celebrate Hallowe’en in a way that doesn’t put alcohol at the centre of the experience, take a look at the PRANA Alcohol Free Party, set to take place in St. Kevin’s Community Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin 8 on October the 27th, from 5.30 to 10.00 p.m. Organisers promise “an evening of high velocity fun, dance and excitement.” Fancy dress is optional. You can learn more about the ethos and inspiration behind the PRANA Alcohol Free Party by visiting its Facebook page.
Party in My Pants: The U.S. Company Making Menstruation Easier
Party In My Pants specialises in reusable menstrual pads. All of their pads are handmade in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA. Owner Luci started sewing at the age of just three, and can whip up anything from a skunk costume to a wedding dress. After years of frustration with conventional menstrual products, Luci sat down at her sewing machine and made her first cloth pad. Her designs are quirky, beautiful and unique – check them out here.
Gifted Intuitive Paul Buggle Offers Profound Readings
Paul Buggle knew he was intuitive from an early age, but in 1991 he began to open up to his psychic gifts in a profound way. He has now worked as a healer and intuitive reader for many years, and views it as an honour to assist clients with their journeys in life. He says: “I help people on their spiritual path. In a reading, which can take up to an hour or more, I communicate with spirit guides and loved ones who have passed over. I never know what will happen in a reading: everyone is unique. It works on many levels, answers questions and brings about balance and harmony. It is always enjoyable and often profound.”
By Katherine Clements
Recently, the public conversation around periods has thankfully been changing, gaining new ground from tampon tax debates worldwide to Olympic medallist Fu Yuanhui’s comments about her period’s impact on her performance. At the forefront of this growing willingness to attend to the realities of our cycles, psychotherapist Alexandra Pope has been calling us to listen to their intimate message for many years. “Our menstrual suffering – so often passed off as ‘normal’ – is neither normal, nor our lot,” she says. “The menstrual cycle is the stress sensitive system in women. When we experience distressing symptoms, it’s a signal to attend to our overall health and place in the world.”
The very act of observing the menstrual cycle, and how you feel throughout its different stages, can help you become more authentically embodied and present. As we grow to act in alignment with the inner promptings of this innate personal coach – urging us towards space, creativity, rest or productivity – we may also find greater empowerment and relief. Charting our cycle using a period tracking or Fertility Awareness Method can support us in tuning in to our rhythms.
The Mooncup® menstrual cup also aims to assist this process by respecting the vagina’s natural balance, in contrast with other products that can cause vaginal dryness or leave fibres behind. Mooncup® users worldwide praise it for helping them to tune in to their menstrual cycles and reconnect with their bodies.
A Rhythmic Female Tempo
By Kath Clements
Natural steps to a positive period
One woman will menstruate around 500 times in her life: marking out a rhythmic tempo from menarche to menopause. Rather than seeking to deny this deeply feminine cycle, or shun it as ‘the curse’, what if we were to re-vision its physical and psychological feedback as guidance? Psychotherapist and menstrual health expert, Alexandra Pope, calls us to at first just listen to its intimate message.
“Our menstrual suffering, that’s so often passed off as ‘normal’ is neither normal nor our lot. The menstrual cycle is the stress sensitive system in women. When we experience distressing symptoms, it’s a signal to attend to our overall health and place in the world.”
Away from the call of responsibilities to others, the very act of observing the menstrual cycle and how you feel at different stages can help in being more authentically embodied and present. As we grow to act in alignment with the inner promptings of this innate personal coach – urging us towards space, creativity, rest or productivity – so we may also find greater empowerment and even relief.
Consciously choosing the right sanitary product for you is a step towards positive periods, so it’s encouraging that feminine hygiene advertising’s language of shame, embarrassment and secrecy is also giving way to a playful new conversation. Check out Hello Flo’s ‘Camp Gyno’ and the Tampon vs Mooncup rap on YouTube for some real game-changers.