4 Seasons in 4 Weeks: Final 2 sections

During the last few months I have been reviewing the incredible book, 4Seasons in 4Weeks by Suzanne Mathis McQueen. For previous postings, click on these internal links. Today’s posting is Chapter 10 and the Conclusion/Epilogue.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/16595-Part 1-Fall: The author compares Week 1, Fall to the birthing phase of reproduction, because this is the time the uterus is shedding its contents if you are not pregnant.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/16684– Part 2- Winter: The author compared this to the courting phase because our hormones are helping us attract a mate during this week.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/16836 – Part III- Spring: The author compares this with one’s efforts coming to fruition with others being attracted to them.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/16836 – Part III- Spring: The author compares this with one’s efforts coming to fruition with others being attracted to them.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/16956– Part 4- Summer: The author compares this to the “Fire Season” when PMS is creating issues with our bodies for good reasons.

https://www.menupause.info/archives/17114– Chap. 9 on Non-Challenging & Non-Cycling Rhythms

Chapter 10 is entitled Daily Rhythms and asks us to “tap in, turn on, and take charge.” What this means is that you can track your cycle in order to get in sync with your body, mind and spiritual health, understanding that 4s4w is a guideline for managing your cyclic and female body.  McQueen reminds us that only you can fine tune your own system, so each person’s cycle will be somewhat different within the basic framework.

On page 286 is a chart to help you do just that, divided into the four seasons/weeks so you can track your cycle day-by-day and month-by-month. The author advises: “Each month we have the opportunity to re-evaluate, reflect, tune in to, purge, etc. to see what corrections need to be made. It can change the course of our lives to where we need to be.” What the charted cycles will show is where and what needs to be changed so we can see what works and doesn’t work in our lives, whether it be our jobs, our partners, our health or lack of health practices, etc. Keeping track is a great tool and Suzanne’s includes charts you can copy.

The Conclusion is a short essay about the author’s own experience giving birth to her daughter Myan. She learned from a client that the name meant ” water from the spring,” and further that in mythology women were held in high esteem and equal with men in their power. The women were considered Keepers of the Well and spring water came from the womb of Mother Earth, which was later taken over by men. Her client saw the impending birth of Suzanne’s daughter as a sign that the Sacred Feminine (spring water) was returning. I enjoyed the author’s personal feelings about her daughter’s birth, lending credence to her own commitment to female cycles and the gifts of womanhood.

The Epilogue is called “The Rhythmically Intelligent Blueprint,” and as Suzanne writes, “We birth new projects and nurture them to fruition on a regular basis…..no matter what are ages…..we are hard-wired as females to innovate, create, produce, lead, motivate, transform, rearrange, satisfy, and beautify.”

Once we as women tap into our own wonderful cyclical rhythm, we step into and sign with our womanhood. (I realize that I  could have done this much sooner.) This rite of passage, this claiming our womanhood is our coming home to ourselves and recognizing our gifts, purpose, and satisfaction from claiming ourselves.

The author writes that “When women thrive, the world thrives” and I agree with that. We are very powerful only we often don’t realize it, but if we stay connected in the “web of sisters” we can discover our own Authentic Female, connect with the authenticity in others and  heal ourselves and the planet.  Wow! I did not realize how powerful we are until I read that!

Suzanne’s wonderfully illustrated and beautifully crafted book is available through Amazon.com and other book sources. Cost is $24.95. Great gift for daughters, nieces, students, and other women who can learn how to tap into their gifts as a woman. Check out Suzanne Mathis McQueen’s website: www.4seasons4weeks.com.

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