International Women’s Day – 8 March
2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.
Theme for International Women’s Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
At the 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver, BC, His Holiness the Dalai Lama proclaimed, “the world will be saved by the western woman.” For these women to be able to do this they need to be educated and they need to be well!
What do we need to do to be well?
We need to practice self care, make the time to have “time-out” and do something you love, make the time to eat well and exercise. Many women are still focussed purely on being a carer to everyone around them and not looking after themselves at all, especially mothers.
A mothers job is one of the hardest in the world and as a mother you must understand what a powerful role model you are to your children. The best way to teach “self care and self management” to your children is to practice it yourself. If you completely burn yourself out emotionally and physically you will have nothing left to give. You need to fill up your “cup” first so you have plenty to give to the people you love!
Most of us are so busy living in overwhelm that we don’t know how to nourish ourselves. We have all created such busy lives that we eat “fast food” on the run. We are paying the consequences with many lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease (eg heart attack, stroke).
Unfortunately in our modern busy times, in this so-called “advanced society”, we have lost our way. When we suffer from pain for example, a headache, we immediately take a drug to make it go away and never stop to think “have I had enough water to drink today or have I had enough sleep?” as both dehydration and lack of sleep are common causes of headache.
Taking that medication is the equivalent of using something to cover up your petrol or oil warning light in the car – the sign/warning is there to tell you something important, to warn you that the car is not in good health. If you ignore it – the car will eventually break down.
So too; if you ignore the warning lights/signs your body is giving – you will eventually break down. When your health breaks down you will soon realise that you can’t just buy spare parts or trade yourself in! You are stuck with this body, at least in this lifetime! So you better take care if this body, after all, it is the only one you have!
We are energetic beings; we do vibrate at a certain frequency as do all living things in nature. As living, vibrant beings, we need to eat living, vibrant foods for fuel, for life itself. Lifeless, chemical filled refined food makes you feel lifeless and depressed. The chemicals and other poor quality ingredients also build up in your body to cause inflammation and irritation which is the beginning of disease.
Vibrant, alive food creates vibrant, alive people – you don’t need to be an expert to choose these foods. Even if you don’t know how to read food labels you will be able to choose a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables with confidence – they don’t even have labels! Making these lifestlyle changes doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult – eating an apple each day and drinking extra water is something that is very easy to do. Knowledge is power, it is now time for us as women to empower ourselves and therefore empower the world.
In the news late last year, were the results of a CSIRO report, revealing that eating apples daily may reduce the risk of a range of health problems, including diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, allergies and even help with weight loss targeting belly fat and helping to regulate the metabolism. I remember my grandmother used to say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
In the words of Mama Gena from the Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, “being fluent in your full capacity as a woman allows you to expand and enhance your voice, to spin gold, make your world glorious and do the same for everyone around you”.
Good nutrition is a great place to start; my grandmother was right! After all, the saying is true – you are what you eat, are you vibrant and powerful or dull and lifeless?
If you need help to become vibrant and powerful, contact me.
For more information on International Women’s Day click here.