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Introduction
Episode 119th May 2022 • Milton Academy Middle School • Jonetta Moyo
00:00:00 00:09:03

Transcripts

Hello Milton Academy Middle School teachers, administrators and staff. Thank you for again answering the call this year. Thank you for investing your heart, your time and your energy into the students at Milton Academy.

I am Jonetta Moyo, founder of My Inspiration Studio. I am a personal growth practitioner, facilitator and certified professional coach in the areas of personal development, breathwork, and visualization. I facilitate journal based personal growth experiences that help navigate life’s changes and challenges and nurture and nourish your well-being.

This audio facilitation is a unique approach to provide you with a tool that can assist you with prioritizing your self-care and creating time and space for you to focus solely on you.

The other day I returned home after picking my son up from school and I wanted to be very present with him and engage in conversation about his day and the things that were going on with him. Immediately after our conversation ended, I had a snack which was a homemade cherry pie that my husband had made for me. It was gluten free and he had made the gluten free crust from a recipe that he found and surprised me with it. He use to make cherry pies for me early on in our marriage but I hadn’t had a cherry pie in over a decade because I no longer eat gluten. So I was really enjoying the pie and it occurred to me to send him a text message and thank him again for making the pie. I was very mindful that I wanted to affirm how much I appreciated him for his kind gesture and I was fully engaged in that moment. While I was sending the text message I received a message from one of my clients. She had a question that needed my attention and I took the time to be very present and engage with her about her question and provide her with some solutions. It was very important to me to be very present with her. As soon as I finished sending that message I thought about the prior 60 minutes that I had spent being present for other people and I posed the question to myself how present had I been for myself on that day. Had I taken time to be present to my own needs. Had I paid attention to me or even given myself a moment alone.

My goal with this facilitation is to help you to be more present for yourself, to create the space that you need to take care of yourself and to be able to show up as your best self. Particularly at this time of year, as you are winding down the school year and after experiencing two years of the uncertainty and additional stress brought about by COVID Principal Bertozzi and Dr. Pruitt wanted to implore you to practice radical self-care.

I find that journaling is one of the most amazing tools that you can use to assist you with being still, being quiet, and being reflective. Simply writing down your thoughts and how you feel is one of the best ways to nurture your self care and gives you an opportunity to take time to understand what you need, reflect on how you feel and express what you desire.

My hope is that you will feel inspired and radically motivated to be true to your self-care.

So how do you use this audio facilitation?

This facilitation is structured like a playlist of your favorite album. Instead of songs I refer to each individual audio as a “flow”. Each flow guides you through a journaling process using narrative journaling prompts. There are also some guided breathing exercises, a visualization and a pre and post journaling meditation. Each of these guided exercises will start immediately so that you can dive in right away, use them over and over and in any sequence that you desire. The breathing and visualization flows can be used at any time that you need support. The pre journaling meditation is helpful to prime and prepare your mind for your journaling practice. While the post journaling meditation is a sweet way to end your practice and provide a bridge back into your day. Each flow is to be used as a tool for your self care practice. It’s an easy way to feel gently guided when you are stressed, unsettled, tired but not sleepy or feeling the need to be comforted and reminded how special you truly are.

What’s in the box?

Let’s take a moment and review the items in the box that were specifically chosen to support and encourage restorative practices at home this summer as you hopefully have more time to focus on rest, renewal and rejuvenation .

The star of this show is your journal, well next to you that is. Your journal was crafted by hand in My Inspiration Studio. Each environmentally friendly journal is unique and made with intention, care and love. You can learn more about the journal on the inside back cover. You will also find a matching refillable pen that makes a great companion.

You can’t miss the generously sized tube of Beessential All Natural Fragrance Free Hand & Body Cream. This is included in your box to assist you with some of the hand reflexology exercises that I suggest but I also remember that being in the classroom all day can lead to very dry hands. This brand was recommended to me years ago by a group of nurses. It’s unscented so you don’t have to worry about a smell that is unpleasant to you. It’s gentle and light and provides the perfect “glide” for reflexology.

The enclosed eye pillow is a special item that I don’t want you to sleep on. Chuckle. These carefully crafted pillows are a great accompaniment to your breathing exercises and are also ideal for a quick 10 minute reset. The pillows are a linen/cotton blend and include english lavender buds and organic brown flaxseed.

Lastly, you will find an Aromatherapy beeswax Candle from Big Dipper Wax Works. Aromatherapy is an ancient practice that uses natural plant essences in the form of oils to promote physical and mental health and well-being. The enclosed candle is infused with Patchouli, Geranium, Cedar, and Orange essential oils. This harmony of oils releases a calming, woodsy and slightly citrusy aroma that promotes a clear mind and inner peace.

Beeswax is an all-natural, renewable resource. It is the purest and least processed of all candle waxes. Beeswax embodies the essence and energy of the beehive. Isn’t that beautiful?! It is naturally aromatic and burns clean and soot free. While a beeswax candle is burning, it releases negative ions that improve air quality by eliminating pollutants and allergens. That's right,burning beeswax candles is actually good for the air you breathe. The beeswax takes negativity out, and the essential oil brings positivity in. They are the perfect combination. Light your candle before you start journaling. It’s also great to use during the breathing practices. The warmth of the flame and being surrounded by the aroma of the essential oils heightens your experience and makes your journaling time extra special.

As you create a new self-care journaling practice or continue one that you have already begun, take advantage of these simple yet impactful items to support you.

More Episodes
1. Introduction
00:09:03
2. Is Self-Care Selfish?
00:06:12
3. Pre-Journaling Meditation
00:03:09
4. Gratitude
00:07:31
5. Gratitude Breathing
00:05:46
6. Focus on the Feeling
00:03:10
7. Affirmations
00:12:15
8. Release
00:14:36
9. Why?
00:05:46
10. Recieve
00:05:50
11. Celebrate
00:05:22
12. Post-Journaling Meditation
00:01:07
13. Outro
00:02:00