Meditation for Black Women

Meditation for Black Women- the reason to adopt the regular practice and your guide 

What is the easiest yet the most effective way to win over stress and strain? How can you maintain peace and happiness in the course of daily life, overcoming the challenges that life throws at you? Well, it is all about controlling your mind and keeping yourself healthy. If things have to go that way, you need to start a regular meditation practice daily. Doing so, you can certainly make your life all the more exciting and enjoyable, living life to the fullest. Within a fair extent of time, you will experience a significant rise in the quality of your life. 

Why you should adopt daily meditation practice?

Starting something new as a regular regime always involves facing challenges in adapting to the task. For instance starting that regular gym session, your mind will always tempt you not to opt for the regular session the same rings true for meditation sessions. In such instances, if you are fully aware of the benefits that the process fetches, you will be able to motivate yourself better. As such, it makes sense to discuss some of the key benefits of adopting meditation practices regularly: 

  • Blood pressure level stabilizes within a significant period. it is for this reason that, physicians advise the practice of meditation daily to individuals, having abnormally high or lower than usual blood pressure level. 
  • Comes an improvement upon the blood circulation function. This will make you more agile and active. 
  • The respiratory rate drops down extending the span of life.
  • Produces deep relaxation
  • Lower stress and strain
  • Promotes a feeling of well being 

On the whole, practicing meditation daily, even for a few minutes, you will achieve a significant improvement upon your physical and mental health, making life all the more pleasant and enjoyable. 

Beginners Guide- some of the most effective meditation practices to start

  • MINDFULNESS Concentration: this practice encourages the observation of the wandering thoughts as the practitioner would overview the mind drifting from one thought to another. But, the practitioner should not get involved in any of these thoughts or trying to judge or justifying the thoughts. Through this process, a practitioner needs to observe the different patterns of thoughts and their integration. Most importantly, the practitioner learns the trick to separate himself/herself from the thoughts, gaining more control over the mental plane. This way, he/she acquires a better capacity to control the mind and eventually wins over stress and strain. 
  • Concentration Meditation: the objective of this process is to focus upon a single point. The key excerpt of the process is to follow the breath, chanting a key phrase time after time, or starting over a candle flame, or any other methods to concentrate on a single point. As you can make it from the name itself, the objective of this technique is to enhance the concentration capacity. If practiced daily, within a fair extent of time, you can expect to acquire better concentration capacities and improved mindfulness. 

In addition to the techniques stated above, there can be innumerable other approaches for practicing meditation. Most importantly, you need to explore the technique that is most suitable for you and you face no issues in adopting the technique. Practicing meditation daily in the right manner will certainly bring improvements upon the quality of your life, boosting your physical and mental health alike. Within a fair extent of time, you will observe that you have acquired the capacity to control your mind better, handling stress better and thus, living a happy and healthy life. 

  • Always sit or lie down in an upright and comfortable position, when you start a meditation practice. It will be worthy to use resources like meditation chairs or meditation mats during the initial days.
  • Beginners can likely opt for resources like Restorative eye pillows or Cooling eye masks.
  • It will be a better approach to breathe naturally rather than trying hard to control the breath. Doing so, you often turn your senses and nerves more excited that emerges as the most stringent barrier in the path of meditation practice.
  • You need to focus on patterns of your thoughts, breathing, and the way your body moves. Never ever take any superficial approach to control the body, mind, or your breath.
  • Especially for beginners, it will be wise to practice meditation in the dark.
  • Maintain a fixed time to sit for meditation practice.

Following these tricks and tips, it will become easier for you to adopt meditation practices better and enjoy the practice to the optimum extent. You will find that your life has become easier and pleasant, as you continue the daily practice. If you are yet to start, you should do that right now!!

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Why you need a Life Coach?

Why you need a life coach?
The life coach is an expert who will help you to explore your personal goals and design an actionable plan for the achievement of the results. The expert basically functions as a friend-philosopher-guide as well as your mentor to bring improvements in the quality of life and to become a better performer in your personal and professional life. As such, engaging a Life Coach, you are basically imparting better guidance to make life all the more vibrant and productive. The guidance of an experienced expert will significantly contribute to enhancing the quality of life.

How a Life coach contributes to your life?

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The exact definition of a life coach is likely to vary, depending on the objectives that you set to achieve. On the whole, a life coach will work closely with you in setting life goals and helping you in achieving the targets. The total work process involves counseling, advisory services, administration as well as consulting services, targeted towards the accomplishment of the lifetime objectives. Here come the key points as to how a life coach can add value to their clients:

  • Setting a realistic goal in life in consultation with the client. These experts identify, clarify, as well as develop a vision plan for the objectives that a client aspires to achieve in life.
  • Using their experience and expertise, the coach can even advise the client to modify the set goals.
  • Encourage the growth and self-exploration of the clients.
  • Nurture as well as evoke the best strategies, depending on the measures and endeavors that suit the client the best and are potentially the best alternatives to accomplish their plans.
  • Review the outcome of the endeavors and activities from time to time. If needed, suggest the necessary alterations and changes in the plan of action.
  • Foster accountability for improvements in the performance level.

The overall objective of a life coach is to eliminate the hassles and challenges in the path of accomplishment of the aspirations of the clients. These experts extend constant support to make the person performing to the optimum potential. Research suggests that from athletes to top professional executives- all have achieved significant advancements in the course of life, both in terms of their personal and professional lives. As such, association with a professional Life coach is always solicited. This one move will make you more productive and make it easier for you to achieve all those that you aspire to get in life.

You should always look upon a life coach as a catalyst, but not a medicine to treat ailments

Before you hire a life coach, you need to be well aware of the purposes for the engagement of the expert. This requires you to eliminate some of the misconceptions about these professionals and their works. This is important because it will enable you to have a better engagement with the coach, and abide by his/her directions and guidance. On the whole, this would make the purpose of engaging these professionals, justified.

You should look for these professionals as a catalyst, adding more value to your life. Life coaches are not merely meant for those individuals, who are supposed to be successful in life on their own. Rather, the engagement of these professionals gives a better direction to your endeavors to taste success in life.

Likewise, come out of the notion that anyone can serve as a life coach. The majority of people believe that it is a casual scope of work and never requires any specific skill sets or training. But, the fact is, this is a niche profession, and life coaches are domain experts.

Instances wherein hiring a life coach becomes inevitable
Are you feeling lost? If so, you need to hire a life coach at its earliest. The professional will contribute to restoring back your confidence and self-esteem.
Hire a life coach, when you have started to doubt your own capacities. You need someone who can boost your morale and confidence level.
Do you feel that you are unable to decide upon the right course of action, even if you have a clear and precise plan to execute? You immediately need the guidance of a life coach.
The life coach will be the best guide if you are aspiring to change your profession. He/she can guide you, how to handle the changes and guide you to escape hardships in transiting your occupation.
Hiring a life coach makes a sense if you feel that you need a significant improvement in your skill sets and abilities. Likewise, if you have ever explored that, you are tending to be unorganized, you need the support of these experts.
Always opt for an experienced, reputed and expert life coach who will have a significant contribution to your advancement in life.

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The New Black & Brown slaves today!

Blacks and Prisons

I look across the room and out of approximately 80 prisoners 65 were black or brown. A question quickly came to mind are black people naturally violent, poor and bad people? I made several poor decisions that landed me into this jail cell but man it’s a lot of black and brown people in here I thought to myself. The next question that came to mind changed my life forever. Why is it that this place is filled with black and brown people when white people commit crimes as well? This question was the spark that ignited a life long quest to understand the America in which we live today.

Inspired by Cornell West, the ADOS movement, and the school to prison pipeline researched I have decided to write this post to speak about how race has a direct connection to mass incarceration today. Dr. West spoke in the book “Race Matters”, that our human continuity is all connected in the life we share. Slavery, colorism, and the first caste system which would lead to the institution of what would later be called chattel slavery and evolve into what’s now mass incarceration. The violence displayed on people of color provides a clear insight into the conditions, the mindset of elite whites’ attitudes toward people of color. It drew clear lines for what they wanted from their darker-skinned brethren.

The moment white settlers reached the now called Americas “color” was defined and used as a method that would shape the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States of America. People of color encountered views of inferiority, were deemed unworthy of wealth, resources and opportunities that this very land possessed. The outright design to exploit people of color through violence and in the name of religion was a surge to justify the horrendous rape, brutalization, murder, hanging, and the systematic massacre of people of color both physically and biologically.

The caste system that emerged led to the kidnapping of millions of Africans which turned into the American slavery we are accustomed to hearing about today. The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, declared all slaves in rebelling states to be free. This brave act of the then President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln allowed the slaves that have escaped the harsh life of a southern slave the opportunity to fight as a human being and to fight for his or her relatives that were left behind.

The proclamation gave the Union a sizable advantage by utilizing the newly freed negro which enabled them to gain momentum and success over the Confederate Army. The Thirteen Amendment of 1865 officially abolished slavery in the United States. The Civil Rights Act of 1875, that African Americans were guaranteed equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation and prohibited their exclusion from jury service. Unfortunately, this newfound freedom was short-lived; because in just eight short years the U. S. Supreme Court declared parts of the 1875 Civil Rights Act unconstitutional to include the prohibition of racial discrimination in inns, public conveyances and places of amusement. Therefore, causing a dealing a reversal back to segregationally norms.

Another example is that in the case of Bailey v. State of Alabama. Alabama at the time had a law that facilitated “debt peonage”, which is a form of involuntary servitude. This, in turn, would become the foundation of legal slavery through the escalation of laws and policies to incarcerate people of color on trivial, trumped-up charges coupled with harsh sentencing to create a steady flow of free labor.

I am drawn to this social justice issue of prison reform because I have lived it, grown up around it and would like to identify its ties to the psychological effects of slavery, education, white supremacy, racism and a systematic caste system designed to focus or eliminate people of color from modern-day society. The privatization of the penal system and its demand on public policy, executive and judicial branches to feed its need for greed has led to unfair laws like the implementation of “Three-strikes” laws removed sentencing discretion that judges used to have. Under these laws, which started in California, a person is considered to be beyond rehabilitation after committing three crimes. As a result, once they’ve reached the “third strike,” the penalty is much more severe than it would usually be. Sometimes a life sentence can result from a combination of relatively minor offenses, just because the third strike requires the judge to impose a very long prison sentence. There are people today spending their lives in prison for committing three petty crimes.

The 1984 Sentencing Reform Act, which added significant mandatory minimums for many federal crimes and abolished federal parole. States followed, and soon mandatory minimums became a standard response to drug epidemics and crime spikes. What started as a well-intentioned attempt to impose uniformity became too restrictive, creating new disparities and injustices in the process. These punishments are inhumane and nonsensical, even from a public safety perspective. It costs money to keep people in prison, so a three-strikes law can result in the government spending $500,000 to incarcerate someone for committing three $500 crimes. “Truth-in-sentencing laws” eliminate those opportunities for early release, requiring people to serve (for example) 75 percent of their prison term physically behind bars.

The goal is to ensure that the sentence the judge imposes is what a person will serve in prison — in other words, “what you see is what you get.” Lastly, add the different sentences for different drugs, Generally, possessing 5 grams of marijuana will earn you less prison time than possessing 5 grams of cocaine. The idea is that more dangerous drugs should be punished more severely. But that hasn’t always been the case. Crack and powder cocaine are chemically the same substance. But possession of crack cocaine, which is more common in communities of color, is punished much more severely than possession of powder cocaine, which is more common in wealthier white communities. While somewhat reduced, this disparity remains, even after the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.

It is through proper education, a concentrated effort of all races to acknowledge and have a dialogue about race, provide job opportunities, and continuous development will we begin to see some improvement with race relations in America. The fact that Dr. West spoke about the unexamined life and how we have to critically examine ourselves, our lives, our history and die to the things that are not beneficial to ourselves is still key to the growth needed for our development as humans today. We must examine our lives to get out of the bubble and treat each other with dignity, respect as another human, human to human, blood to blood we have to look at each other as brothers and sisters in the journey of humanity. We have to eliminate the desire to be separate and this notion that any race is better than another because of the color of their skin. It is required that we stand against white supremacy which has plagued this nation and world to chaos and destruction instead of using our common traits to bridge gaps and unite to produce real change that this world and nation have yet to explore.

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What schools are not telling you?

The school to prison connection

Have you ever heard of the connection between schools & prisons? If, you are like common parents probably not…The school- to -prison pipeline is the process of criminalizing youth by carrying out disciplinary policies and practices within a school system that puts children in connection with law enforcement. In today’s society, it’s normal to see armed officers in school after decades of school shootings.  The Columbine, Sandy Hooks, Red Lake, West Nickel, Parkland, FL and countless other school shootings have changed the dynamic of the learning environment for our children.  As a parent, I welcomed these changes as a deterrent from future issues.  What I did not know as a parent that there was a dark side to this protection we seek.

” Our children are being targeted to satisfy corporate greed and children of color are the number one victim

Zero-tolerance policies that have been adopted by schools across the nation have unfortunately criminalized minor infractions of the school rules or policies that lead to students being pushed out of schools. These zero-tolerance policies have expelled students for things like nail clippers or scissors.  What is this world coming too?  These aggressive disciplinary policies push students into the justice system and the people of color are affected more than any other demographic. (1) With the lack of staffing, the school hallways are now patrolled like correction officers in a detention center. Today, a student is far more likely to gain an arrest at school, and in most cases, they are non-violent offenses like disruptive behavior. In the state of Ohio, up to 80% of the cases do not have lawyers present. (2)  Given the alarming connection between suspensions from school and some engagement with the justice system, coupled with racial bias among police these numbers are common knowledge.  The chances of a student that has any involvement with the justice system graduating are limited. (3)

The School to prison pipeline is one of the most stringent concerns among social workers and activists alike. The moment one takes a moment and looks deep into understanding the cause-and-effect of this dilemma has to be examined & disrupted. It’s only after this will we prevent the rising rate of the students-converted-to-criminals syndrome.

It will be relevant to account the finding of social research among students, conducted recently:

  • In Chicago, the total count of expulsions from school rises from 21 in the year 1999-2000 to more than 1500 by 2017-2018.
  • In between the same span, the instances of students’ arrest grew by 8 times.

My question to you… Is the adoption of the Zero Tolerance policy been for the betterment of the students?

Exclusion from studies means a student has hardly any work to do. So, how he/she is going to spend a span of 24 hours? It has been found that each instance of school exclusion, paves the way to enter the domain of crime. Here comes evidence to support this claim:

  1. Nearly 80% of the juvenile offenders in New York have a history of exclusion from studies or is a school/college drop out
  2. In 2017, nearly 60% of Juvenile offenders in Nigeria were excluded from schools and colleges.

Thus, school/college dropouts and exclusion from studies for any reason are likely to take the concerned student behind the bars.

Harsh Punishment is more likely to give birth to a criminal, rather than rectifying a student

Researches conducted among youth criminals have exhibited the fact that they committed their first offense to avenge for the humility of the harsh punishment they faced.  As such, it is indeed needed to introspect for better ways to bring rectification in students, rather than treating them as grave offenders.

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Sources:

  • Advancement Project, Education on Lockdown: The schoolhouse to jailhouse track (Mar.2005), pg. 15
  • ACLU, The Children’s Law Center & The Office of the Ohio State Public Defender, A Call to amend the Ohio rules of juvenile procedure to protect the right to counsel (Jan. 2006), p.1
  • Thoughtco: thoughtco.com/school-to-prision-pipline (accessed 11/6/19)