Tea, Tortillas and Time

My article in ROAR Magazine

My article published in www.beyoutyrevolution.com ezine.


I am blessed to sit where the view of my world is an ocean, snuggled by mountains on either side, a river that meanders down from somewhere and empties into the ocean that is bordered by a beach lined with simple, open air restaurants whose roofs are palm fronds, and where motor boats are parked in the on and off empty lagoon that fills up from the river overnight and empties in the morning. Tides and rhythms sway before me every day.
Egrets, cormorants, and seagulls fly and walk, some perched on one foot. Flocks of white birds gracefully fly over the lagoon and then swoop out over the ocean searching for fish to eat.
The sun rises over the mountains casting a pale, yellow light onto the dark beach below me every morning as Gaia awakens for her new day.
Every evening the shadow of darkness descends. First onto the mountain across the bay, then it creeps along the beach as the sun sets in back of the mountains behind me sending Gaia to sleep as Luna wakes up.
Living in an open dwelling immerses and connects one to these daily rhythms. You are part of them because they are part of you.
Like downloading your music into your Ipod, you ‘sync’ the natural world around you into your being. You flow with the rhythms of light and dark, the moon and sun, the elements, the wind and tides. Changes without become reflected within. You need only become aware of how the two are connected. When you take the time to be still and quiet this awareness downloads into your mind, emotions and being and you realize how nature is part of your internal rhythms and cycles.


I have discovered that when you live with nature, you flow with the rhythms of the natural world.
When I first wrote my book, The Moontime Harmony Workbook, over 25 years ago, I lived in this quaint fishing village down the coast from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for 6 months each year. It didn’t have any electricity, phones or cars. It still doesn’t have any roads or cars and you have to take a boat to get there.
What I realized is that each season my being-body, mind and soul- would gradually adapt to the rhythms of nature. For example, the most obvious was the adaptation to the lunar phases and the changes of darkness and light. Then there was the pull of the ocean tides that would echo my internal, emotional changes and tides as well.
The longer I stayed, the more my moontime, menstrual cycles, would unknowingly sync with the moon’s phases. Not only would my monthly cycles flow in harmony with the moon’s cycles, but the days when I bled took on these cyclic changes too.
There were alignments with the outer changes of darkness and light that my moontime mirrored.
New moon darkness reflected my inner states of feeling like going within and being still as if in a womb. Full moon brightness stimulated ease with an outer, more social flow.
I became aware that my moontime flowed with the moon’s phases. Mine was in harmony with the new moon cycle. Around the new moon, I would begin to observe an emotional need to ‘take cover’ and nest and then my bleeding would begin.
Once my menstrual flow began, there were recognizable energetic shifts that imitated the different lunar phases. The more I paid attention to the outer lunar phases, the