How it all began
The ‘Women in Livingness’ brand and its various initiatives is the practical 101 of all that it means to live true as women. When Founder, Natalie Benhayon, first launched Esoteric Women’s Health in 2012 it was envisaged to create a globally active community dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the current state of Women’s Health in our societies worldwide and asking at the grass-roots level for women to find support and inspire change from the current ill-trends back to a living way of true vitally, health and well-being. Naturally, this community activity expanded its outlook into the day-to-day of what gets us down or, what builds us up as women, well before any illness or disease may be on the cards.
We are today as women rarely defined by the qualities we innately bring but rather by the roles we fulfil and are demanded to be – family, relationships, careers, society, culture and media
– all have their place in our lives but over time what impact does it all have on how we feel deep within? Content with ourselves and our bodies or
self-critical? If we want to change
this cycle – where do we start?
Since its beginnings, Women in Livingness has organically grown popular around the globe, expanding its activities and ‘programs that educate and inspire true change’ to now include; WIL Magazine in English and German, WIL Events, WIL Blog, WIL Network and coming soon, WIL TV. Each aspect, (and we continue to grow), offers women an avenue to honestly review their current way of living; does their lifestyle promote for themselves a life of true vitality and confidence? Or like many, are they caught in the “must dos” and demands society has placed onto women at the great expense of our declining female health?
Women in Livingness is dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting all that offers women an opportunity to re-connect, and re-found what it is to live as the true woman they are within.
So what exactly is a Woman in The Livingness?
Firstly, a definition of what a ‘woman’ is in the 21st century has drastically changed to that of ancient times. We are rarely defined by the qualities we bring, but rather by the roles we contribute, here Natalie Benhayon writes a foundational statement to reclaim this innate essence;
A woman is not defined by ideals and pictures; she does not carry beliefs of what she can or cannot do. A woman is not a 24/7 mum – motherhood is a choice and not a given. She is not 24/7 career focused, and, she is not a morphed mix of the two.
A woman does not value her family, her friends, her colleagues or anyone else above the value of herself – she carries equality in all aspects of life. A woman can be nurturing, caring, tender, warm and embracing, equally she can be firm, direct, steady and strong. A woman cannot be “boxed” to this stereotype or that stereotype – her expression is flexible, and not bound by any restrictive measures.
We need to re-define what it means to be a woman…all women, no matter their age, nationality or culture, carry within themselves all of the above beholding qualities and more.
Through the arising of our true qualities, from our innate and true essence, the paradigm shift we are calling out for can occur.”
– Natalie Benhayon
Hence, we need to explore what we have accepted as “normal” in society to demand of women, and redefine what is a living way that sustains true health and well-being; one of vitality, joy, having a spark for life, accepting imperfections and not criticising them, which are not utopian states of being for women, but the everyday reality for the many women who have embraced The Livingness.
The ‘Livingness’ simply describes a way of living life that allows women (and all) to be who they truly are, to live by an innate essence that is equal within all, free of pressures, ideals and beliefs, and to do so in and with life in full despite the demands of modern society. It is a living connection that can be sustained day-to-day.