I experienced many "ahah" moments during the Shamanic Womb Journey in Byron Bay with facilitator, Janine Ma-Ree. One of these was at some stage of the week Janine sharing: “If you’re relying on hormones within your monthly cycle to feel your libido come alive, this a good sign that something is out of harmony”.
Me: “Holy shit, that’s me”.
Janine: Healthy libido is a consistent subtle vibration of energy felt within that can be tapped into at any moment.
This immediately becomes my priority and I research how to revive my libido and discover a whole lot more.
For both men and women, testosterone is responsible for our libido and is produced by the adrenal glands. This peaks when we’re somewhere between 20-30 years of age and VERY gradually declines thereafter. Feeling our libido up to 80 years of age and beyond is absolutely normal.
For women, during menopause the body slowly stops producing oestrogen, NOT testosterone. I met many menopausal women during the Shamanic Womb Journey who expressed getting juicer as they’re aging. All are conscious about nutrition, exercise and minimizing stress.
If you’re not feeling your libido consistently vibrating, or at all, focus on kidney, liver and adrenal health, and reducing stress (cortisol).
The kidneys like to be kept warm and adequately hydrated. Avoid dry, cold and raw foods. Cooked foods require less energy to digest especially during winter - soup, curries, stews, etc. Foods that nourish the kidneys, and Jing essence (I’ll share more about this in another post), are bone marrow, kidney, liver, microalgae, mussels, oysters, seaweed, nettle, artichoke leaf, royal jelly and pollen.
The liver and gallbladder work together to help us digest dietary fat. We can help them with this process by eating foods that boost bile - artichoke leaf, dandelion greens, chicory, watercress, sauerkraut, kimchi and garlic. Bone broth is also great for repairing the gut lining which allows for better absorption of nutrients.
If you haven’t already, ditch the processed foods. The human body is all natural - we’re made of water and elemental minerals, therefore we digest foods that are the same. Eat nature - organic and wild is best.
If you’re a fitness junkie, ease back on the exercise. Move to promote circulation rather than deplete the system. If you’re overweight and have a sedentary lifestyle, short duration high intensity exercise is for you. This will help your liver immensely, and reduce your waistline and stress.
Repeatedly fasting, following constrictive diets, and skipping meals causes stress to the body. Eat properly, regularly and consistently.
An excess of anything causes stress, especially stimulants and ejaculation/climaxing. Cut back on the coffee, or replace some with green tea or cacao, and practice non-ejaculation. You can have a full body orgasm without ejaculating. My tip is to imagine your meridians are like constellations of stars. As you feel the energy rising breathe this up your spine and out through the constellations of stars, your cosmic body. Allow yourself to get to the top of the “pleasure mountain” without falling over the edge. By focusing on this breathing technique you can enjoy the peak over and over again. Enjoy practicing!
Reduce emotional stress in life by learning new ways to relax. Allow yourself space to soak in a hot bath, read a book, watch a movie, enjoy a massage, lay in the sunshine, sit in nature, meditate, yin yoga etc. Others benefit when we take time for ourselves, they experience us as our ultimate self and this then allows them to become theirs.
Tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms are beneficial for hormone function too. Integrating inner harmony through nutrition and lifestyle is priority, there’s no substitute for real food, self-love and care.
I'm enjoying letting go of the old patterns and programs I'd created for myself over time, and I'm loving the integration of this new level of health and vibration. One small shift is all it takes to change the entire pattern.