If you are a woman, please read this. If you are a man who has any women in his life, please read this. This was totally enlightening to me. It isn't everyday that I find something totally enlightening. I think every woman and their men should read this:
PMS has an underlying and important purpose in a woman's life.
...with all its emotional volatility, as an important guide and teacher....it is the goddesses' gift. It is a time in a woman's cycle when she is especially sensitive and has access to her deeper levels of intuitive knowing. The knowing is often filled with pain in our culture because of all the conflict women have with feelings they are not supposed to have. Women are not supposed to have anger. They are not supposed to be anything but sweet and nurturing, and this sets up a pattern of repressed emotions and guilt over those times when anger and frustration do boil over.
PMS helps you to have a moment, or a day, or a week to have access to parts of yourself that are not necessarily sweet and happy or just pretending to be sweet and happy. PMS gives you a window of opportunity for identifying and working with these feelings.
At one time in history menstrual blood was not considered dirty or a "curse"; it was cherished as sacred and used in rituals and to fertilize the fields. A woman who was menstruating went to a special lodge with her sisters where her increased sensitivity and cyclic ability to tap into her deeper knowing was used to help guide the tribe or village. In ancient Greece, menstruating women were consulted as oracles. Their dreams, thoughts, and opinions were highly regarded and seriously considered.
Today a sensitive menstrual woman is regarded as a liability, someone to be feared and avoided. In fact, at any point during the month when a woman expresses anger or irritation, she may be accused of having PMS. If she has a strong opinion she may be accused of being a "ball buster" or of trying to be like a man, as opposed to just being smart or competent. However, sensitive also means more intuitive, more in touch, more creative, more spontaneous, and more unpredictable. When these attributes are expressed and appreciated, first and foremost by the woman herself, they tend to be expressed in a more positive way. When a woman's loved ones also appreciate her more sensitive times, it's a true gift.
(From this book)
I mean, really, doesn't it just make sense? I always feel this strong sense that everything about my body was meant to be there or do what it does for a reason, for vital reasons. So? Why not PMS? Wouldn't it be great to take a little retreat during that time of the month to spend time tapping into the power of this part of the cycle to gain inspiration for guiding your own little "tribe"?