Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo shares this
story about teaching; “Kikakou was a student of Basho, the great Japanese poet
of the seventeenth century. One day Kikakou brought Basho this haiku about why
we need each other:
A blind child
guided by his mother,
admires the cherry
moment of small things opens the heart of all teaching, for we each take turns
being the blind child, the guiding other and the blossom, never really knowing
which until we've learned what we are to learn from each other. In this, we all
take turns being the teacher.”
message in this poem and Nepo’s interpretation resonated with us; our mothers
are our first teachers in a long line of nurturers who guide and support us.
They are aunts, grandmothers and others, not limited by gender, who labor to
love us through all of life’s stages and who nurture in ways big and small.
From our first breath, these mothering figures teach us about life, how to eat,
talk, walk and be human. They feed our souls and our intellects and are present
with us through joys and disappointments.
mothering can be provided by anyone, including those who do not birth or raise
children. Any of us can choose to nurture, love and look out for those in our care––our
pets, plants and projects, our businesses, friends and loved ones, and our
this month of honoring mothers and turning our focus to the health and
well-being of the feminine energy within all of us, our feature story recognizes
the unique stressors of our times and offers tips to build resiliency through
self-care. Throughout our pages, you’ll find tools, resources and information
to support a healthy and balanced life such as fibroid prevention, DIY salt
scrubs, the importance of staying hydrated and more.
stages of life present different layers of needs, and any of us may one day
realize that we ourselves require extra nurturing during times of transition or
loss, or because our own mothers were not present or were ill-equipped. We can
commit to our own well-being and ensure we are learning, growing and thriving.
Like a strong mother figure, we can tend to ourselves lovingly, taking time to
listen and be fully present to our innermost thoughts. We can affirm that we matter,
are doing our best and that we are worthy, unique and beloved. We can make
space for sensory comforts such as a fine meal, cozy blankets, a cup of tea or
a warm bath, and over and over. we can provide ourselves tenderness and
forgiveness—the honoring of our humanity.
this month of May, as we celebrate women, mothers and all who nurture, we wish
each of you happiness, health and resilience.
Kendra Campbell and Jacqueline Mast, Co-Publishers