Women’s health: let’s talk more about our monthly period and endometriosis! – part 2

Women’s health: let’s talk more about our monthly period and endometriosis! – part 2

As suggested in the earlier article on this subject, period problems, endometriosis and/or other persistent pelvic pain (PPP) conditions are reaching epidemic proportions worldwide and stretching the medical world beyond its current limits. Broadening the scope of how we look at these women’s health and wellbeing issues makes a lot of sense from both the prevention and treatment perspectives.

Women are traditionally seen around the world as the nurturers and caretakers of others. We work hard to fulfil these roles with self-sacrifice commonly accepted without question. Devotion to living this way often stems from wanting to please others, feel needed and loved and to feel as ‘normal’ as possible within our social circles and relationships. Regardless of what is motivating us, the outplay of such thinking and behaviour is generally seen as proof of ticking one or more of the ‘good’ woman/partner/mother/daughter/friend/employee/employer boxes and thus is highly regarded and rewarded in one form or another. However, it comes at a price that goes largely undetected. We often end up compromising ourselves and our bodies for the sake of others, with many women having little understanding of how such a lifestyle intertwines with our monthly period and various possible associated conditions such as endometriosis and/or other persistent pelvic pain (PPP) disorders.

What if our monthly period was not only a way of supporting us to develop greater self-care and a more loving relationship with our bodies, but also gave us the opportunity for a cleansing; a clearing of the old and a making space for the new? What a potential ‘circuit breaker’ it could be if women saw their monthly symptoms as a barometer of how they have lived since their previous menstrual cycle!

Considering the possibility that our lifestyle affects our periods provides us with the opportunity to do a monthly stocktake on how we have been living. Perhaps things have gone well and therefore it can be a time of great confirmation. Or on the other hand, self-examination may reveal we have been lacking self-commitment as a way to avoid knowing the true depth of our strengths and grace as women.

"The menstrual cycle is really a spleen cycle and relates specifically to the way in which a woman has allowed herself to live for that period: a woman is clearing all that she has unnecessarily taken on."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Volume I, ed 1, p 526

The level of self-responsibility suggested here through self-connection is huge. Living our life to that degree of responsibility adds a whole new dimension to the way we are in life and how we deal with situations as we are talking about unearthing our true power. There will certainly be challenges to face along the way, but so also is there exquisite potential available – not just for the woman herself, but also those around her. In truth we can only bring true care to others if it includes us deeply caring for ourselves too.

We are so much more than just a physical body and learning to live in harmony with our body asks us to honour everything about ourselves. When we are living in a flow with the Universe, life takes on a steadiness and joyful lightness, which also supports our female body to have a natural healthy flow. It’s a grand and endless cycle.

The female anatomy is a vessel for the essence of our womanhood – the fragility, preciousness and delicacy that is there always there at the core of every woman despite anything that happens through the journey of life.

"You have this amazing place inside you. Don't leave it there - Bring it out!"

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Volume I, ed 1, p 187

Holding the possibility that there is more to us than our biological makeup can be quite a leap for many to consider. For most women this essence has long ago been layered over and buried from sight due to our experiences and the ceaseless demands arising from various ideals, beliefs and pictures we have allowed to creep into our lives and which are rampant within all societies. Subsequently, we can experience life as an overwhelm in which the need to look after others constantly takes precedent over all else and self-care is left pushed to the side in favour of what we think we must or should do.

This contrived way of living is a pattern that women have lived for eons and we behave as if there is no other way. We have set ourselves up to not even notice the cumulative effect of such a lifestyle – until we hit around that time of the month when our periods are due and the symptoms give us an unavoidable reminder, especially if we are also living with reoccurring period problems, endometriosis and/or other persistent pelvic pain (PPP) disorders. We often don’t intentionally choose to treat ourselves so harshly, but it nonetheless commonly happens. Perhaps if we stopped and tuned into our ultra-sensitive bodies we could see a pattern between how we have been living over the course of the month and our subsequent experience of the menstrual cycle.

It’s up to us as women to reclaim the parameters of women’s health, including the way we define and relate to our monthly period, endometriosis and other persistent pelvic pain conditions. It’s not an either/or situation or one that is asking for compromise. The medical world undoubtedly plays an important part, but so too is connection with our bodies a significant aspect of healthcare.

Consider for a moment what would happen if we changed the nature and quality of our relationship with our bodies from the common ones of denial, dismissal, denigration and/or overriding ourselves, to one where we learnt to stop and use our bodies to feel and nurture what we have right there in our essence!

How this happens and what it looks like is slightly different from woman to woman, but the fundamentals are similar regardless of where in the world a woman is living. Furthermore, what if living this way was also a pivotal key to preventing or healing period problems and the as yet scientifically unresearched and understood energetic causes of endometriosis and other PPP conditions? It’s all certainly worth pondering on and we have nothing to lose yet much to potentially gain through increased self-connection and self-care, regardless of a woman’s age and fertility status!

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