Yesterday, while listening to a webinar by Dr. Christiane Northrup I heard an extremely interesting piece of info (please bear with my next to inexistent scientific vocabulary knowledge): there’s a moment during perimenopause when the hormone progesterone comes in play with the amygdala and provokes a resurfacing of old, unresolved issues. This re-emergence puts you in a vulnerable, quite inexplicable at first, state of WTF for a while. Emotions and situations, long lost or forgotteng, creep up on you and signal, for the last time, a chance to deal with them. If you/we/I don’t acknowledge, recognize and take advantage of this emotional message, of the writing between the constant flow of repressed tears and find a resolution, it becomes a permanent part of you/us/I. Yes, you’ve seen how that looks. That’s one of the reasons why we dread menopause: becoming that bitter, moody, negative menopausal witch.
I knew, some virtuos part of me that rarely makes its appearance told me that this extreme and overwhelming emotional state was part of a phase that would lead to some wonderful change. Or maybe it was this huge Santa-is-real wishful thinking… either way, I consciously refused to let it consume me, though my strategy, as I now know, is not the ideal one, given that I wasn’t really dealing with or resolving anything, I was just in my common mind over matter/sweep it under the rug mode.
But, people, the ALERT signal has been turned on for me now that I know that this is my last chance to give it a whack and blast this to smithereens!
Here’s an excerpt of an interview transcript I found of Dr. Northrup where she speaks of, more or less, the same topic I listened to yesterday:
…Here is the big news that I want everyone to know, it is not your raging hormones that are making you irritable. It is, to some extent. It is the fact that those are knocking at the door of the basal forebrain and the amygdala where you have old stored memories of unfinished business, and those come up and hit you between the eyeballs so that you will do something about it. I call perimenopause PMS at large. If you get about 450 opportunities to change your life during your menstrual cycle, so the time just before your period begins, the time that’s typically associated with PMS, is when everything that is not working in your life comes up and hits you between the eyes. If you have the delusion that this is just your hormones, and your life is fine, you are seriously diluted. That’s what we do in this culture, it’s raging hormones. Is it me? Or is it my hormones? You are of a piece. What happens is, if you ignore that, medicate that, pretend that it didn’t exist and you get to perimenopause, then your body, your soul is saying what a minute. We want you to thrive in the second half of your life and the only way you’re going to thrive is, we are going to turn up the heat and make you pay attention.
OK, I’M PAYING ATTENTION!!
but I’m afraid of opening my Pandora’s box…
Any recommendations?! Have you dealt with the contents of YOUR Pandora’s box? Had you heard about this window of opportunity during this time?
I hope it won’t be considered oversharing if I write a bit about the contents of mine…
xo lovely people!