From Saffia Farr, JUNO Magazine editor…
At a time when so many people around the world are sadly losing loved ones, Lou Harvey-Zahra’s reminiscences of her dad, and what he gave to her and her sister as children, is particularly powerful. Running through the article (page 75) is a strong sense of connection, and reflecting on this, I realise that, more than ever, this issue of JUNO is about connection.
On pages 14 and 15, Steve Biddulph writes about our “supersense”, how we connect mind and body to be “fully human”. Cath Darling (pages 32 to 35) shares what she found, as well as lost, when she went through a divorce. And Hollie de Cruz and Illiyin Morrison (on pages 9 to 11) talk powerfully about how connection to our bodies and our needs, and having the confidence to advocate for ourselves, makes such a difference to our experience of birth and motherhood.
We can also be connected to nature and animals. In My Life My Way on page 80, Dara McAnulty talks eloquently about how his connection with nature helps his mental health. And I love how Victoria Jones, in Here’s an Idea on page 8, describes how keeping chickens helped keep her grounded during the pandemic because she observed their ability to live in the moment and just take what they need. As editor, I was very excited to receive this article because I love keeping chickens. As Victoria learns, they are such characters. I enjoy seeing them scratching about and shaking up their feathers in a wonderful dust-bath. They know, instinctively, how to look after themselves.
I do believe that it is the simple things in life that can help us the most; how we feel when we notice a beautiful sunset, or hear a piece of music that we love. We just have to remember to give ourselves time to connect with these moments, and enjoy them.
Our beautiful Summer issue is packed full of supportive and informative features including…
- Living in flow: working with our cycles
- Keeping chickens
- Discussing confidence, instinct and autonomy in pregnancy and birth
- Family yoga
- Self-directed learning
- Online birth support
- Positive periods: explore reusable products
- Poetry and parenting
- Framing nature craft for children
- Family food: recipes for the whole family to enjoy
- Circles of support
- Living with D-MER
- Stripes on mummies tummy
Plus all your favourite regulars and columns including Empowered Birth, Mindful Dad, My Teen, Birth in Pictures, Natural Connections, Reflections Of A Homeopath Sensory Herbalism and much more…
Leanne Pearce is an artist renowned for her depiction of breastfeeding mothers. Through her collection ‘breastfeed – portraits with purpose’, she aims to capture memories and create family heirlooms that celebrate family life.
Laura Page is a British illustrator whose work takes inspiration from travel, nature and pattern. With a colourful and calming aesthetic, her paintings capture a sense of comfort.
Jo Haycock took the wonderful cover photograph of her daughter, Jeanie. Jo loves the connection she makes with people when taking photographs, and how her work helps them preserve the connection they have with their own stories.
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