This year has been an eye opener for many of us. There has been a lot of confusion, disruption and trauma revolving around the Covid 19 pandemic, police brutality against the black community, the thousands of lives that were lost, the economic crisis that has left many of us without employment and most recently, the 2020 Presidential election. On top of all this, we each have our own internal battles we have to face everyday.
As we’ve navigated the trials of this year, many of us have experienced deep depression and anxiety. It’s important that we find ways to take care of ourselves and for some, this can be a challenge.
The word “therapy” can be somewhat of a taboo in the black community. Many of us have been raised to believe that therapy is only for white people or “crazy” people but this generation is changing the conversation. There has been a shift lately towards having more conversations around mental health and meditation. We’re finally realizing, it’s okay to get help when we need it. Many are turning to non traditional and alternative spiritual practices, like meditation, to aid us in overcoming trauma and fear.
There is something to be said about Black therapy and guided meditations. Meditation is a spiritual practice that can help with mindfulness and relaxation. Developing this practice can aid in alleviating some of that stress and anxiety from the outer world and bring peace to our inner world. Many religions and cultures practice meditation and with the growth of mental health awareness, guided meditations and practices have emerged.
If it gets too hard to navigate life on your own, there are licensed professionals out here dedicating their time to helping people cope and heal. To my point on black therapy, I also believe it’s important for black people to experience therapy with a black therapist. Not to shun any other race but black people understand each other. We may have our differences but there is an underlying connection we have with each other that another race just wouldn’t understand.
For black people who want to experience guided meditations from a black practitioner, there is an App called Liberate. In their vision statement they “believe in a future where the Black community is moving as a unit to help us collectively heal and be free”. They have coined it a safe place for us to begin to develop meditation as a habit.
The Liberate meditation app gives us a chance to meditate anywhere and connect with teachers who have the resources for us to heal and in their words “move past what society has to say about us.” You can donate, gift someone a subscription or subscribe yourself! Tell a friend to tell a friend to download the Liberate meditation app and immerse themselves in an evolving mental health community for us and by us.
Check out their website libteratemeditation.com and start your journey towards wellness.