Relax and Release: The Black Girl’s Guide to Daily Meditation
Why should meditation be a critical component of every black girl’s daily routine?
If the fact that we’re currently living in Trump’s America isn’t reason enough, add-on bills, family, misogyny, racism, the gender pay gap, generational trauma, the politicization of our bodies and hair…
Should I continue?
Being a woman is difficult, but being a black woman requires a level of patience, strength, grace, and finesse that is otherworldly and undoubtedly draining.
Meditation should be a critical component of every black girl’s daily routine because it helps to combat the everyday trials and tribulations that threaten our mental health.
Keep reading for the black girl’s guide to daily meditation.
Step 1- Decide which type of meditation best suits your lifestyle and personal preferences.
Depending on your research, you will find that there are many types of meditation. Healthline.com gives a concise description of the 6 main types.
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Spiritual Meditation
- Focused Meditation
- Movement Meditation
- Mantra Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
Mindfulness meditation describes the practice of awareness, especially of your thoughts.
Spiritual meditation is probably the most common in the black community because it describes the practice of creating a deeper connection with something greater than yourself through prayer and reflection.
Focused, movement, mantra, and transcendental meditation use the senses, sound, movement, or phrases to focus the mind.
Don’t be afraid to research and try out each type of meditation before deciding which type(s) work best for you.
Step 2 – Integrate meditation into your daily routine.
If you’re like me, when you start something new, you tend to put a lot of pressure on yourself to be perfect. We’ve already discussed the many challenges we face on a daily basis.
Don’t put any other unnecessary burdens on yourself.
Try to reframe your thinking. Meditation is not another thing on your to-do list.
It is an escape from your responsibilities, a way to recharge and refocus. Start small and allow yourself to make mistakes.
When can you spare ten minutes in your day? In the morning before the kids wake up? At night when they go to bed? On your lunch break?
Dedicate 10 minutes of your day to meditation. If you miss a day, no worries. Try again the next day.
Taking note of the way meditation makes you feel can help you to be more consistent in the beginning stages of integrating meditation into your routine.
In addition to relieving stress, meditation also reduces anxiety, decreases pain, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, and helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression.
If you take note of the positive ways that meditation impacts you, you are more likely to continue seeking those positive benefits by making meditation a priority.
Meditation can seem like a foreign concept or even overwhelming, but it really is an easy and affordable way for us black girls to maintain our mental health.
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, black people are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population.
We are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase our risk for developing mental health issues.
Despite this data, mental health is still largely misunderstood in the black community. If you are suffering from any type of mental health problem, do not be ashamed and most of all do not be silent about it. Seek medical attention.
Mental health should be a priority even if you are not currently suffering from a mental health issue. Make it a point to continuously check in with yourself and take steps to alleviate the effects of stress in your daily life. Meditation is one way to accomplish this.
Put this guide to daily meditation into practice
Now that you have some of the tools you need, it’s time to use them.
If you have any personal experiences with meditation, share your story in the comments.