Exploring Barriers Preventing The Black Community From Joining Mindfulness Programs

Jul 24, 2021
01:00 A.M.
Share this pen

There are many misconceptions and barriers about mindfulness. Unfortunately, most of them extend to Black communities.


Racism is in fact, a contributor to elevated stress in BIPOC communities. A study showed that perceived discrimination negatively affects physical and mental health.

Meditation and mindfulness practices have been largely known as a tool to help with stress management and improve overall health. However, black communities have less access to mindfulness programs, a predominantly white industry. So we went on a search to understand why that happens.

Mindfulness Is Associated With Religion

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash


One of the major misconceptions about mindfulness is that it is part of religion. That means some people believe that you can't practice mindfulness if you're part of certain religions. This especially true in Black communities.

There Aren't Many Black Instructors or Teachers

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

First of all, there aren't many black practitioners the same way that are few non-black students. So oftentimes, when someone is studying to be a teacher, they're surrounded by people from other colors, mainly white.


So, when the teacher gives a reference, it may not resonate or land in the same way to that person. The holistic psychiatrist Kimberly Sanders, M.D. says to Mind Body Green that, in this case, "what you're doing is spending this mental energy trying to extrapolate the metaphor so that it makes sense for you."

There Aren't Many Resources Available

Photo by madison lavern on Unsplash

Photo by madison lavern on Unsplash

"Overall, a lot of health resources are not accessible to Black communities," Sanders says to Mind Body Green. On top of that, that aren't many incentives for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) for seeking mental health treatment.


What Can You Do?

Photo by ErnAn Solozábal on Unsplash

Photo by ErnAn Solozábal on Unsplash

As already mentioned, mindfulness and meditation are incredible tools that help people to overcome many issues, including physical, mental, and past traumas. If you're new to those practices, you can start by taking the first step:

Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash

Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash


Related posts

French Tip Toes: Elevate Your Look with This Chic and Subtle Pedicure

September 10, 2023

What Is Grayromantic and How Is It Different from Aromanticism?

July 24, 2023

Decoding the Mid-Size Body Type: Fashion Insights and Must-Haves

August 28, 2023

Y2K Nails: Easy Designs for Everyone to Rock the Retro Vibe

August 14, 2023

How to Store Makeup Brushes and Clean Them Effectively

July 20, 2023

Navigating the Talking Phase and Signs It Is Going Well

July 27, 2023

Jojoba Oil for Nails: Discover the Benefits of This Natural Nail Care Solution

August 17, 2023

What Is a Matron of Honor? Exploring The Roles and Responsibilities

August 07, 2023

How to Make Eyeliner Out of Eyeshadow: 8 Life Hacks for a Vibrant & Lasting Finish

September 18, 2023

5 Funeral Dresses under $50 Suitable as Mourning Attire

October 30, 2023

How Long Does Cartilage Take To Heal? Tips & Aftercare Advice

July 31, 2023

10 Flared Leggings Types for Comfort - Styling Tips Included

October 12, 2023

French Manicure 2023: Top 10 Ideas to Try On Your Nails

October 09, 2023

Y2K Makeup Ideas: Reliving Nostalgic Glamour for the Modern Age

August 24, 2023