Hey, mama! I’m here to talk to you about something that’s been on my heart lately: the oxistential benefits of mindfulness for us Afro-Boho Black mothers. We all know there are countless benefits of being mindful. But what might surprise you is how important it is for Afro-Boho Black mothers like us to practice mindfulness in order to live our best lives.
As Black women, we often experience unique stressors due to our social, economic, and cultural intersections. Mindful practices can help us manage that stress and otherwise help us be more self-aware and present in the moments that matter most. In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite mindful practices and discuss how they specifically benefit Afro-Boho moms like us.
Understanding the African American Experience
As an afro-boho Black mother, the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be overwhelming at times. Between running errands, taking care of the family, and dealing with daily stressors, I understand all too well the need for a moment of peace and clarity. That’s why I believe in the power of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a way to bring my mind into the present moment so that I can be better aware of my thoughts, emotions, and physical health. It has helped me to become more attuned to my thoughts and feelings without judgment or criticism. Through mindfulness practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga, I’ve been able to gain perspective on how my circumstances have shaped me while also learning how to take care of myself in the moment.
In particular, as an African American woman who is no stranger to adversity or oppression due to systemic racism, understanding mindfulness helps me realize greater self-awareness and acceptance about these forces that shape my experience as a Black woman in society today.
Unveiling the Power of Being Mindful
As a black mother, I have come to understand the power of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a simple practice of paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and experiences without judgment. It’s a practice that can help calm our minds and shift our perspective so that we can think more clearly, making mindful decisions that will benefit us in the long-term.
Being mindful in this way has many oxistential benefits. It helps us to unwind and focus on the positive aspects of life; it helps us to recognize our triggers and stop ourselves from spiraling into negative thought patterns; it helps us to stay grounded during difficult times; and it raises our consciousness so we become aware of our blessings.
Mindfulness is an important tool for any black mother—it allows us to navigate the journey of parenting with greater ease, resilience, and joy. By consciously taking time out for ourselves, we can ensure that the power of mindfulness is readily available at any time.
Exploring the Gifts of Afro-Boho Living
When I took the time to explore Afro-boho living, I discovered profound gifts that I never knew existed. To help you access these gifts, here are just a few of the benefits of mindfulness that can be particularly useful for Black moms:
Mindfulness techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and positive affirmations can help minimize stress levels. This is especially helpful for Black mothers who often bear the burden of both parenting and having racism. A regular mindfulness practice can help create more balance in your life while also calming your mind and body.
Increase Clarity & Focus
A regular meditation practice can help refine your focus and increase clarity in your thoughts and actions. Practicing mindfulness allows you to be more present in whatever you choose to do and enables you to be more productive without being overwhelmed or distracted by external stresses or worries.
Connection & Empowerment
Mindfulness practices also allow mothers to connect with their inner strength and give them an opportunity to really examine their values and beliefs. By taking a pause from the hustle of everyday life, Black mothers can reconnect with their power on a deeper level which will ultimately lead to a greater sense of empowerment.
Practicing Relaxation and Mindfulness Techniques
As an Afro-Boho single Black mother, I understand the importance of carving out time to take care of myself and practice relaxation and mindfulness techniques. These practices can be a great way to take control of your anxieties and build resilience to stress. Mindfulness has been found to reduce cortisol levels, a hormone connected to stress, which can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing. Plus, it can help you stay present in current moments, appreciate them for everything that they are and carry that energy with you for the next moment.
I recommend practicing mindfulness techniques such as:
- Guided meditations: This is when you listen to an audio or video recording that helps guide you through the process. These recordings often provide calming visuals or music along with relaxing spoken-word instructions.
- Yoga: Yoga is one of my favorite relaxation and mindfulness techniques! It combines physical movements with breathing exercises, allowing you to be mindful of every move that your body makes while creating space for relaxation and peace.
- Journaling: Writing down thoughts, feelings and intentions can be a great way to practice self-reflection and motivate yourself towards making changes in life that will bring peace and fulfillment. Taking the time each day to express gratitude or write down a task list can also help organize your thoughts while promoting relaxation at the same time!
Exploring the Benefits of Meditation for Black Mothers
As an Afro-boho Black mother, I have come to understand the importance of mindfulness in my everyday life. Mindfulness practices such as meditation can have exhaustive benefits, ranging from improved mental and emotional wellbeing to clarity of vision and purpose.
The key to tapping into these physical and mental advantages is taking the time for mindfulness each day. This can include anything from 80 minutes of meditation to five-minute breathing exercises, or even just a few seconds spent taking in your environment and focusing on your own thoughts.
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits that come with regular mindfulness practice:
- Reduces Stress – Meditation helps reduce stress hormones like cortisol, helping you stay better regulated and enjoy a more stable mood throughout the day.
- Improves Cognitive Function – Mindfulness improves concentration, memory recall and other cognitive functions by boosting neural connectivity within the brain.
- Promotes Deeper Sleep – Regular meditation helps reset the body’s circadian rhythm, allowing you to slip into natural sleep patterns more easily at night.
- Promotes Gratitude – Spending time in stillness allows us to reconnect with our gratitude for both mundane moments and life milestones alike, creating deeper appreciation for our lives each day.
- Increases Clarity of Vision – Meditation gives us a place to take time out of our day to assess our goals, intentions and ambitions in order to move closer towards where we want to go with clarity and purpose.
Mindfulness practices are an invaluable tool for Black mothers everywhere, providing multiple layers of physical, mental and emotional support that helps create balance in daily life.
Cultivating a Sustainable Self Care Practice
As an afro-boho Black mother, cultivating a sustainable self care practice is paramount. Mindfulness practices can be an effective way to bring balance and harmony into our lives, especially during times of stress. Now more than ever, finding a way to stay connected to our authentic selves and create peace is essential for our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Each day brings new challenges, but mindfulness can help us observe our thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment. It helps to still the mind so we can focus on being in the moment without feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
By focusing on our breath, we can learn to be still in the present moment and face life’s complexities with clarity of thought and greater awareness. The practice of mindfulness encourages us to acknowledge negative thoughts while allowing space for acceptance and non-judgmental observation as well as joy and contentment.
It’s easy to get caught up in all that life throws at us as Black mothers but making space for mindfulness practices helps us learn how to be gentle with ourselves so we can take care of ourselves just as much as our families. Our wellbeing matters too!
As Black mothers, we have an oxistential duty to take care of ourselves first and foremost—mindfully as well as physically. From learning to listen to ourselves, to understanding our truth and individual needs, to embracing the beauty of our history and culture, mindfulness practices can help us to do just that.
Mindfulness is a tool that gives us the wisdom to lead fulfilled lives, and the strength to shoulder any burdens that come our way. As Black mothers, we must tap into our own power to enrich ourselves, rather than simply survive—and if we can manage this, our children, families and communities will benefit too. Mindfulness is the essential starting point for us to create a better future and to live our best life—the Afro-Boho way.