Natalie Benhayon – an inspiration and then some

Natalie Benhayon – an inspiration and then some

Natalie Benhayon was the first woman in this world who truly inspired me to be a woman. In fact, I’d say she is the first woman who inspired me to realise that I have been living in a woman’s body all my life, and I had not ever considered what it was like to be in this body or how to navigate life as a woman.

I am a woman who until recently was a health statistic – I had had endometriosis for over three decades with horrendously painful periods and other symptoms for most of my life from the age of 12. In addition, I did not feel confident to show off my curves, or body shape, and had a sense of lacking self-worth that followed me around into relationships, work, and all parts of my life. From this, I was often anxious, sometimes panicky, usually exhausted, and far from honouring of my body.

There was something different about Natalie Benhayon when I first met her over 10 years ago… there was a twinkle in her eyes and a spunky-ness, a spring in her step and a true sexy way that she moved. She seemed to know who she was and didn’t back down from that, and on meeting Natalie she always leaves you feeling that you too are the same, equally so. And you know that you too can live in a woman’s body, cherishing and honouring it to the bone.

Natalie Benhayon is the founder of Esoteric Women’s Health and the Our Cycles App, as well as Sacred Movement, and so much more.

Each of these inspirations, and the consistent reflection of Natalie as a true role model, have supported me in my deepening in living as a woman – to the extent that I no longer have endometriosis.

Yes, you read correctly – what was a seemingly long-term medical condition has turned about-face, in the sense that the excruciating period pains and the other symptoms I had in relation to this have completely dissipated – and yes once in a while I did have a slightly painful period, but I learnt due to observing my cycle that that was due to the way I had been living that month, i.e. busy and overriding my body, and not taking deep care of me. This in itself is remarkable, given – “Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis. The different treatments available for endometriosis aim to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve the quality of life for a woman living with the condition (Endometriosis UK n.d.)”. In addition, I went through menopause with only a couple of very brief symptoms, which is notable given the prevalence of women who experience a variety of uncomfortable and/or distressing symptoms during menopause.

I have learned so much about how to live in this woman’s body – to appreciate and nurture it down to the smallest of daily living choices (e.g. what I eat, wear, how I put myself to bed and arise, and how I move). Added to which, I have come to realise that I too have those same qualities that I observed and was inspired by in Natalie Benhayon – I feel spunky, sexy, delicate, tender, and I know who I am as a woman, and… this is just the beginning as I continue to unpick the remnants of any false layers of living as a woman.

And do you know what? There is a revolution, or should I say evolution already on its way – a reawakening of the true woman, as Natalie has not only founded Esoteric Women’s Health, Sacred Movement etc, she has started many much needed conversations about the way we are currently living as women in the world, where we disempower ourselves, disconnect from our true essence, and don’t let our innate qualities lead the way, and more and more women and girls are listening up.

Deep down we can feel the truth of the matter... that we as women are so much more than we thus far have been living.

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