Episode 108: How to Know When You’re in Menopause? (Alexandra & Sjanie)

There's lots of confusion about how to define menopause and the years running up to it, making it difficult for people to clarify where they're at in their menopause process.

At Red School, we stand for a reclamation of our cyclical experience in a world which denies and demonises our cyclicity. We see this menopause confusion as a symptom of the way we have been shut out of our true experience as cyclical beings. In order for us to reclaim the place we’re in, both in our menstrual cycles and the larger cycles of our lives, we need to be able to feel, name and claim our own experience, as well as having a dignified and meaningful context for it.

So, in today’s episode Alexandra and Sjanie walk through the Red School way of contextualising menopause, through the lens of the seasons of your menstruating years—including the autumn of your menstruating years (‘The Quickening’), the Menopause Hinterland in the approach to menopause, and the long inner winter of the five phases of the spiritual initiation of menopause.

In This Episode:
  • Some of the signs that you’ve arrived in menopause - including the increasing feeling that you’re living in a parallel universe!

  • A different way to understand the cycle disturbances that can happen in our 40s - which many refer to as perimenopause (which itself has multiple definitions, depending on who you’re speaking to).

  • How to navigate the tricky period when your cycles are unpredictable or breaking up - the menopause ‘hinterland’ - before you enter fully into the menopause initiatory journey, which has its own order or holding.

Listen to The Full Episode Here:
Show Notes:
  • Join us for 13 days of live Instagram conversations about menopause power

  • Save the date for our free event on October 18th at 9am London time: How Menopause Awakens Your Power

  • Join our live online menopause course - Menopause: The Great Awakener - www.redschoolmenopause.com
  • Explore our Menstruality Leadership Programme. We've spent over 10,000 hours developing a radical new approach to women’s health, creativity, leadership and spiritual life and we've distilled the best of it into this training.
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