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Letter From Publisher: The Strength for Family

Apr 30, 2011 05:52PM ● By Nancy Caniff

Step into an imagined time capsule with me and look back at 1848, when the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments, boldly signed by 68 women and 32 men at a precedent-setting convention in Seneca Falls, New York, initiated America’s acknowledgment that women have the right to equal treatment, including the right to vote.

The strength of the women who for many years led this endeavor and the same strength that has followed since is an inborn trait that all women possess. There is no role that we cannot take and no industry in which we cannot be found. Women have for years lived by the African proverb “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

One of the most exceptional women in my life, my mother, embodies such inner strength and natural beauty and continues to be my role model. After recently pouring through the pages of an old family photo album, I found a picture of my mom along with two of her sisters seen gathering their children for a nice family portrait. It made me laugh out loud at the unruliness of my brothers and cousins. And then there’s my mother in the middle, a crying baby under her arm, a big smile across her lips and not one hair out of place. Our family grew to five children with my beautiful mother tending to each of us individually with great care.

This month, Natural Awakenings celebrates the beauty, courage, tenderness, spirit and strength of the women here in Indianapolis and throughout our world. We all have an inherent beauty, and it’s essential that we take care of ourselves to maintain it. “Natural Beauty—Head to Toe” (page 21) is a great resource for ways to enhance the beauty of your skin, hair, face and more. For those preparing for pregnancy or motherhood, “Baby On Board” (page 16) reveals some great tips to get your body ready for this incredible journey and we also share insight on healing pelvic therapies (page 18), breast health (page 15) and St. Vincent Women’s Hospital joins us to discuss integrative modalities (page 19). I know many people, especially women, put others a little too far in front of themselves, so this is a reminder of the importance, and necessity, of caring for yourself.

The talented and inspiring poet Maya Angelou understands a lot about our inherent value as human beings, and puts it into words beautifully. The final verse sums it up well.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Here’s to all of the phenomenal women in our lives!

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