In our culture today, periods are something generally dreaded by those who get them. Countless ad campaigns for everything from tampons to Midol have long encouraged people with periods to take any and all measures possible to make it feel and appear that this deeply affecting monthly occurrence simply isn't happening.

We are told to push through, to keep quiet, and to be ashamed if we don't want to do either of those things.

There are cultures across the globe that in the past and in the present have treated menstrual cycles and the people who get them with the utmost respect. Take a native tribe of people from the northwest coast of the U.S. called the Yurok.

The Asante in Africa celebrate their children's first periods. Girls in this culture, when they bleed for the first time, are treated like newly anointed queens; while sitting underneath a lavish umbrella, they are given gifts. Upon this occasion of their first cycle, the phrase used to describe the girls in this culture translates to "she has been made perfect"

In the culture of the Ojibwe people of North America, girls who get their first periods are said to be moving from childhood to adulthood, and because women are revered as wise, girls spend the first year of their cycles focused on learning from the older women of the community.

The menstrual cycle is seen as a link to both their ancestors and their future children, a sacred continuum between past and future.

Once you've been tracking your cycle and have a better understanding of it, you should feel more in touch with your body rather than angry with or alienated from it at that time of the month.

If you are someone on a Red Moon Cycle, you could consider doing some rituals during your bleeding time that can help shift your perspective toward seeing your period as a beautiful, sacred thing, rather than one that needs to be battled against.

The most important thing is to allow yourself to do what feels good to you. We are programed to force ourselves to do what is expected of us at this time rather than what comes naturally, so sit with yourself and determine what your body actually wants to do