|I’ve just started a channel on Tiktok and I’m obsessed!
If you’re not familiar with it, its a fun social media platform where people lip sync, create dance trends, sing and share content. It’s used by alot of teens and as you can imagine my daughter is mortified LOL!!
Dance came up in the Healing Circle mastermind session yesterday as a powerful way to have fun, release stress and connect with our inner black child. Our ancestors often used movement for sacred rituals, healing and community connection.
When I need to break up my day, I’ve often found myself on the app laughing, grooving and learning various life hacks. This got me thinking how powerful it is to combine bite size value that entertains, educates and empowers change in a fun way.
Doing the healing work under this bi*ch arse system is no joke, but play releases happy hormones, improves brain functionality, nurtures creativity and creates connection, so making time for fun is also a powerful revolutionary act.
If you haven’t done so already, you can check out my Tiktok channel here. It will take a bit of time for me to get the hang of it but watch out for some fun things I’ll be releasing alongside my usual 🔥 over the next few days.
What does having fun mean to you? How do you make time for play?
Today, I will choose one thing that will allow me to be playful. I deserve joy . Happiness is my birthright.
A couple of weeks ago I was bursting with pride after hearing the graduation stories from my mastermind mentees. Since January, we’ve worked through my Self Love Essentials Course which empowers them to unpack their pain and build a nurturing relationship with themselves and each other.
During the session we recapped each class before sharing the wins, challenges and lessons. Titles from the course included:
How to set heart centered racial wellness goals.
How to review your wellness goals.
How to create a wellness vision board.
How to create a daily wellness practice.
Understanding your emotions.
The black women right to rage.
How to respond to anger from others.
The psychology of racism.
The Melanin Theory with Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing.
My Black is Beautiful: The politics of Black femininity.
Ital Beauty workshop: Home made recipes for nourishing your black body.
These first few months of the year have been intense but so worth it to hear these phrases during the graduation, ‘I’m becoming accustomed to how powerful I am,’ to ‘I found my voice!’ and ‘I found some real friendships here.’
These sista’s have ignited their inner mothers and become warriors of self love through learning to be vulnerable when they felt safe and visible in spaces they never thought they could.
The previous pain of mistrust and betrayal by other black women in their lives has shifted because they chose to show up each week, trust themselves and do the work. I am humbled that they trust me with their process and this is why I absolutely love what I do.
There is no magic wellness formula.
I show up and do my own work personally and as a therapist so I can hold a compassionate, cultural space for black women to do theirs.
This work is not easy and sometimes it gets bloody but the magic that happens when black women embrace their growth and greatness is so God damn beautiful and I’m here for it!
Today, I will look back at how much I’ve grown and celebrate ALL of me. I am imperfectly perfect. I am powerful. I stand in my greatness.
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Being your own best friend is something that needs to be an ongoing commitment if we are to keep well. In this session I share some simple tools to get started or refresh if you’re already on the path.
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Mid January is the time that many of us often slack off around the new year promises we made to ourselves so today, I’m talking about 3 simple ways to deal with procrastination.
- Underneath procrastination is fear calling for compassion so ask yourself what you’re afraid of and work from there. Share your fear with someone you trust so they can help you though it.
- Reviewing your calendar to underschedule and reduce overwhelm will bring a manageable spaciousness to your productivity.
- Break the bigger job into smaller actions.
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Are you struggling with clarity or bringing a cultural flavor to your new year wellness commitments? Before diving into any manifesting, goal setting and vision work, it’s always good to pause and think about how the process can be kept simple and clear. These 7 reflections will help to explore your racial wellness needs with more depth to bring your vision to life.
- Set your intentions and goals without the expectations of others or social stereotypes.
- Change takes time so schedule daily sacred sista space and be patient.
- Be clear about your personal and cultural values.
- Choose habits that nurture the desired racial identity. What does she do, eat, read etc? How does she behave?
- How do you want to feel? Self esteem requires esteemable acts.
- Manifesting will not feel good, so explore if the risk and pain is worth it?
- Keep it simple and focus on the domino goal that will influence your other goals. Mastering one makes it easier to achieve them in other areas.
With the new year off the starting blocks I’m feeling a bit tentative about what’s around the corner. Do you relate? This COVID mayhem is far from over so I’m keepin it in the day. Also, I’m sharing 3 essential things that helped me stay sane last year (despite all the madness) that will help you this year. Enjoy x
One of the most common queries I get in my inbox is from sista’s anxious about healing with other sista’s. This is usually the result of mother wounds, colorism bullying and/or internalised racism. In this live, I share some compassionate tools to help you take the next steps to safe healing with your sista’s.
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Sometimes we tie ourselves in knots, trying to make sense of the reason why those who said they loved us couldn’t follow through.
Is it me?
What did I do?
Why can’t they love me ?
Sometimes we’re so desperate to be loved that we think abandoning ourselves some more will bring them closer. Truth is, this self neglect hiding as ‘love’ only feeds the shame and resentment when our needs remain unmet.
In these moments of sadness and confusion, sometimes reframing the reality helps us understand that it’s not that the other person won’t love us, it’s because they can’t.
Racism is a toxic shame based system that shuts down our ability to attach to others in a healthy way. Without healing, we can’t unpick the poison we’ve inherited or what’s been internalised in our lifetime.
Without awareness, we recycle the pain and act it out through colorism, self hate and violence inside our families and relationships.
When we commit to doing the work, we give ourselves permission to grieve the absence of love from our traumatised village and the loss of not being allowed to be ourselves.
Today, I will remember that it’s not the black man against the black woman, but African people against white terrorism.
It would be easy for me to give 1000 reasons why joining the Sacred Sista Sanctuary mastermind is great, but hearing it from someone who has got so much out of it hits different. In this weeks live, I share more in depth about how the sacred space is helping so many sista’s like what you can see from this wonderful email I received.
‘Working with June has been transformational for me. Having attended various programmes on self care and healing it struck me that they could not fully benefit me because they didn’t have the cultural context, or understand the experiences unique to women of African and Caribbean descent.
June provides a safe space where you can speak your truth without judgment or criticism, which gives you confidence to learn how to set healthy boundaries with your friends and family. Working with her has allowed me to look deep within, to have significant insights and breakthroughs which I would not have accomplished if I was on this healing journey on my own.
She gives toolkits on how we as Black women can navigate the system of racism we live under; she helps us find the language to articulate what it means to live under this system that for a long time I could not name, and for a long time not even aware was affecting me.
This work is not easy. It compels you to question everything about who you are and whether holding on to certain beliefs are benefitting you. To live authentically you’ve got to do work like this; and with lots of humor, straight talking and love, June is your guide on how to confront social and cultural sacred cows and taboos, and to lay bare the ways Black women have had to literally carry the burden of the world. Once you know you can’t un-know.’
Best selling Author of 100 Great Black Britain’s.
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