We Made A Guided Meditation For Stressed Out Girls ✨🧘🏿‍♀️✨| Creators For Change

We Made A Guided Meditation For Stressed Out Girls ✨🧘🏿‍♀️✨| Creators For Change

Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. [tranquil music playing] Inhale through your nose. [inhales deeply] Exhale through your mouth. [exhales deeply] And let the clapback
begin, sis, ’cause they got about
four, five seconds to hop off our every last nerve– No? That’s not what we’re doing? Guided Meditation
for Inner Peace. Take two. [bleep] Hey, YouTube world,
it’s me, Evelyn. That’s lemon water,
it’s cleansing. I want to make a guided meditation for stressed out students. Specifically, Black girls.
Stay with me. Back in 2015,
the US Department of Education required all public schools
to report on the number of counselors, nurses,
psychologists, social workers employed
on their campuses. Now, the federal government’s
been reporting on public
schools for decades, but this was the first time
comprehensive data about law enforcement
and staff-to-student ratio
was collected. And the results… This is blank. 1.7 million students
were in schools with police, but no counselors. That number jumped
to 3 million students when it came to schools
with a police officer,
but no school nurse. And 14 million students attended a school
that had a cop, but not a counselor, nurse, social worker
or a psychologist. The stress in these numbers. When schools lack
support staff like that, coupled with
the implicit biases that empower adults in charge
to think Black kids
are stronger, more dangerous and
sometimes even older
than they actually are, you end up
with stats like this. Black girls made up 8%
of all students in the country. But 14% of students suspended, and 10% of students expelled. Black girls made up
16% of the entire
female student population, but they made up 39%
of girls arrested on campus. Yeah, girl. Oh, yeah. To be crystal clear, I’m not saying that
if Black girls just calm down,
you know, take a chill pill, that none of these things
would happen to them. I’m saying that I believe
school should be a place
of education and refuge, not heightened
policing and danger. And in lieu of the support staff that we now know
is severely lacking, can I collaborate
with some folks to create a resource
for my girls? A little bit of self-care while
the grown-ups figure it out? So, the plan is, through
the power of the Internet, I’m gonna reach out
to three women. I’m Satyani
KarenLeigh McPherson. And I am a mindfulness mentor. Hey! So my name is Lauren Ash. And I am the founder
of Black Girl in Om that centers Black women
and women of color in wellness. Hello, my name is Muhsinah. I am a composer,
a singer, and a songwriter
from Washington, DC. [Evelyn] And these three
perspectives and experiences will help us understand
mindfulness and meditation
a little bit better, and how Black girls
can use it as a tool
to navigate their lives. So, mindfulness is being aware of whatever we’re experiencing
in the present moment. Free from any interpretation,
analysis or judgement. Think about how often during
the day you’re on autopilot. And think about how often
during the day you’re allowing
yourself to just be. Most of us are doing and maybe just being
a tiny bit, right? We have to make so many choices
in our daily lives and we have to do
so much, like, work that we don’t have
the opportunity to just, like, let ourselves
kinda wander a little bit. [Satyani] Whatever thoughts,
whatever emotions
we’re experiencing, and simply being aware and by anchoring our attention
in the present moment, it helps to increase focus, memory, a feeling
of wellbeing. It helps to reduce
anxiety, stress. Stress was what led me
to meditation. [chuckles] Um, and in therapy,
my therapist was like, “Maybe you should
try meditation.” And I was like,
“That’s…” [sighs] Mindfulness helps us to be
more aware of ourselves and then to bring
greater skillfulness to our relations with others. Now, I know
what you’re thinkin’, mmkay? This all sound
a little hippy-dippy liberal
for my liking. But stay with me. To be honest, I had
so much anxiety around
the practice of meditation, um, that it… it’s almost unbelievable
where I’m at right now. [laughs] First of all, there’s no
right or wrong way to meditate. As long as you’re practicing,
that’s a good thing. I started practicing just five
to ten minutes of silence. But when I tell you, Evelyn,
that was like three hours… -[Evelyn laughs]
-…of, like,
pain and suffering. That’s what it felt like,
for real. So I do use an app to meditate every night, um,
before I go to bed. Because I think that my mind is, like, most active
at that time of day. I grew up playing piano. And I didn’t realize it until
I started doing just, like,
silent meditations. And I’m like, “Oh, I have been
doing this the whole time, just through
a different modality.” So, I still do use
piano playing as meditation. I’ll just pick up a random piece
of music and read it and just play and my mind can wander. Meditation is not about
emptying my mind and finding complete silence
and complete stillness. It is about
being in relationship, in closer, more
intentional relationship with precisely what is going on. [Satyani] The reason
I reached out to Satyani is because she specifically
taught mindfulness to a diverse group
of Black students
in Washington, DC. Some of them had, um, mental health issues.
Some of them
were on medication. Some of them needed to be
but were not on medication. Some of them had had, um,
encounters with the so-called, and I really say so-called,
criminal justice system. Had experience incarceration or have family members who
had experienced incarceration. And had also
experienced trauma. [Evelyn] UCLA
and Columbia professor, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw,
published a report called Black Girls Matter:
Pushed Out, Overpoliced
and Underprotected. It’s about 50 pages, and it details how schools,
the education system
in general, hasn’t been a safe place
for Black girls. [reading] But the disparity between their
punishment is so noteworthy that the ACLU addressed it
in their report titled, “Cops and
No Counselors.” This type of discipline
directly impacts your access
to education. For example, Black girls lost seven times the amount
of instruction time
than their white peers due to
out-of-school suspension. An organization in Baltimore that offers, um, mindfulness
and yoga for youth… In Satyani’s experience, mindfulness also allows
teachers to slow down instead of quickly opting
for other forms of punishment. And they’ve supported schools
in setting up mindfulness rooms, where instead of being, um,
you know, put in detention, you go chill out
in the mindfulness room. Get your head right so you
can come back and be with us. I definitely would love to see
mindfulness in all schools. [Evelyn] They did this
at Robert Coleman Elementary
in Baltimore, Maryland. And they reported
that suspensions
dropped to zero, and the principal even said kids don’t be in her
office all that much anymore. Okay, so, if your school doesn’t
have a Satyani though… what do you do? We can’t all be so blessed. So the goal of this
Creators for Change project was to address an issue
I see in girls’ education
in my community. And Muhsinah articulated it
so beautifully. I went to
two different high schools. I started out
in a suburban high school where I was one
of few Black people, and that was a struggle for me. I could not find my footing, I did not understand
what the whole thing was about. And then my parents kinda
noticed that and moved me
to an arts high school. And that really helped me. But I definitely
needed meditation for sure.
I was struggling. I still think about how hardened
I was as a child. Way too early. I do think that a lot
of our norms… [sighs] are not healthy for children. Especially girl children. So that’s why my next step
is to actually make
the guided meditation for Black girls to listen to
on their own, hopefully providing access where
there previously wasn’t any. A lot of Black girls
don’t have a space for expression, exploration, creativity outside
of themselves. Like, sometimes there’s not
even a physical space. Sometimes we live in homes
where we can’t, you know,
be ourselves. And sometimes we have to create
that space within us. And I think meditation
is a really great opportunity to always know the feeling
of home and safety. ‘Cause sometimes
that feeling isn’t there
in our physical lives. So we have
to create that inside. A lot of people,
for many reasons,
have a lot of anxiety and apprehension
around meditation in general. Because they don’t know
if they’re “doing it right.” I would say
there’s no such thing. However, when you’re being
guided by someone else
in the practice, it allows you to just release
that, kind of, pressure, and just allow yourself
to do what the person
is telling you to do, right? So, Lauren already has a couple
guided mediations online
that you can listen to. Which is great.
I wanted to FUBU this.
You know what I’m sayin’? ♪ I saw things I imagined ♪ You know what I’m sayin’? So, for me, I love creating
guided meditations, of course. But I also love
attending guided meditations because if you know that person
has a really lovely voice, it’s the music
that I’m really vibing with, it gets me to kind of tap into
my inner child a little bit. I loved telling stories
but I also love being read to. And so it’s kind of reminiscent
also of my childhood,
of entering this other world and just allowing myself
to explore it. Speaking of music, we need some. We need a vibe. Okay, we are a vibe-y people.
We love music. Wouldn’t it be incredible
if this Black girl meditation
was not only narrated by one, word to Lauren,
but also scored by a Black girl? So, I write love songs daily. So, for this I was like, “What if I approach
this meditation like it was a love song
to myself, or to ourselves?” Usually I start
with where I am that day. I will start at the piano.
I’m sitting next
to my piano right now, so I’ll start just,
like, playing… -[playing piano]
-…ideas, whatever it is. Oh, this is nice, you know,
like, I feel like… [laughs] And then I’ll go
with whatever ideas and then I will remember
them and take them into my studio and, like, kinda flesh ideas out. I really am eager to draw from inspiration in my own life that I’ve been navigating
in the past few months
as a Black woman. As a starting point
for the topics and themes and journey that we’ll all be
going on together as we step into this meditative
experience together. So, I had a dream last night and it had music in it. So I woke up today
and I was like, “I have to remember this music.” So I ran out of bed,
and I came to the piano to figure out what this music
was that I heard in my dream. [playing chords] [vocalizing] [continues vocalizing] Hey, y’all. I’m about record
in this amazing booth. These medita…
Well, one meditation. You see, I’m getting ahead
of myself. I’m excited
to guide so many more. So, see you on the other side.
[chuckles] [tranquil music playing] You may choose
to lay down in your bed. The pillow propped
behind your neck. Blanket hugging your body. The full meditation
is available. Click it, wherever
links be located. Please use it, please share it. It is made
with Black girls in mind. But grown-ups,
you can use it, too. In the comments below,
let me know if you’ve ever mediated
or practiced mindfulness. And I will see you
on the Internet somewhere. Bye. [Evelyn reading]

100 Replies to “We Made A Guided Meditation For Stressed Out Girls ✨🧘🏿‍♀️✨| Creators For Change”

  1. I loved this sooo muchh. If you all are interested in finding out more about how educational inequities effect black girls you can watch “Pushout” on pbs! Also, I absolutely love Crenshaw’s work . Thank you for this!

  2. I'm grateful for the middle school that I went to. It was considered one of the poorer schools, but our principal made sure that we had a moment of silence every morning or mediation or lowkey prayer time. We would cross our arms in kind of a pretzel, close our eyes and listen to Yolanda Adams I'm Gonna Be Ready. I never realized the impact at the time or thought it would be something I would miss.

  3. Dope content and information, heading over the full length guided meditation 🧘🏾‍♀️

  4. 💓💓💓💓💓
    I love journaling and meditation. Both help my mental health so so much.

  5. This is so amazing. The video, the info…everything. I’m almost in tears. Thank you shedding the light on this topic. Its SO important. Hopefully we’ll begin to see more of a change for young magical black girls. I’ll also patiently await your guided medication recordings. Your voice would good for it.

  6. Evelyn im so proud of your development ! Your content is meaningful and precious to any black Person around the world ( coming from an native kenyan living in Switzerland). It feels like you stepped into your purpose :). I appreciate you letting us be a part of your Journey :).

  7. How timely, I have been researching and trying meditation for the past couple of months and struggling for the same reasons mentioned, which is "am I doing it right?" because I have a hard time shutting my (mostly negative) thoughts out. I was using Headspace which is meditation app but definitely am excited about these new ones you've introduced, narrated by black women ! I had also signed up for a 4 day meditation silent retreat for my 30th birthday coming up but it's unfortunately been cancelled. Great video and thank you for sharing these resources !!
    ps: it was SO cool meeting you in Toronto #internetcousin 🙂

  8. I'm incredibly proud of you Evelyn, amazing work! Wish a lot of success and change from this project!

  9. Whew! I am getting to the big age of 30 and the same things of being able to do more or being tougher is definitely real STILL. This was right on time and made me shed a little tear. Thank you Evelyn as always for seeing us. P.s. Baby Blo you done broke yo foot off in this editing!

  10. This was beautiful Evelyn. I was surprised to see Muhsinah. I went to Duke Ellington SOTA high school with her in DC! She was so amazing. So happy for her!

  11. Thank you. This is a gift that will transform lives. I’ve had a meditation practice for over 20 years and it is the foundation of my existence.

  12. Thank you so much for this video and ideas on meditation and mindfulness! I am Caribbean Canadian and know what its like growing up without a sense of security of heart and mind at home or at school. I could completely relate to this video and the experiences shared! I will be sharing this video!

  13. the only real problem of this world is the lack of love. we should love ourselves and love all our children, family, friends, neighbors, pets, mother Earth. let there be LOVE, LIGHT and PEACE💜💙💚💛🧡❤️🌍❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

  14. Thank you so much for this video and ideas on meditation and mindfulness! I am Caribbean Canadian and know what its like growing up without a sense of security of heart and mind at home or at school. I could completely relate to this video and the experiences shared! I will be sharing this video!

  15. Love love love… I’ve been “attempting” to mediate lately but after watching this vid I realize that I have been!!! I love that the sister said there’s no right or wrong way to meditate. That made me feel better about my practice…. thx so much for sharing this vid ❤️✊🏽

  16. This is EVERYTHAAANG!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Daughtah, 👑 your leadership is sooo necessary. Thank you, 🙏🏽 Ev, for using your channel so very responsibly. Makes me wanna sang,🎶 "Lift e'ry voice and sing till Earth and Heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of Liberty ✊🏽…" May GOD continue to bless YOU, abundantly. Amen. 💕

  17. as a video editor myself, the editing here was scrumptious. thank you for looking out for black girls, especially at a time like this! using this guided meditation tonight!

  18. As someone who does motion graphics work my jaw DROPPED at these graphics! Incredible Evelyn content per usual and incredible supporting visuals!!

  19. Seriously loving your mental health and wellness videos these days! I love meditation, use meditation, and teach most of my clients how to meditate. Will be sharing this with clients, fo sho!!!

  20. Thank you for this timely content. Mindfulness has truly transformed my adult life. Congrats on this beautifully executed project!

  21. All the way from Montreal…..Evelyn…wow! You're such an amazing person. An inspiration. I feel like this could be a whole documentary and I would watch it! I speak french and I never comment on videos but wow…I just had no choice. Thank you so much. Thanks for being your 100% self and allowing other black girls like me to be, to exist! You're work is so important. Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  22. the idea of punishing children in school is so evil and outdated to me. Thank u for making this meditation for black girls, have u considered putting this on tik tok or something that the younger generation uses so they’ll see the link? Excellent work as always internet cousin💗

  23. Wtf whodaheil put a thumbs down?!! You have some serious soul searching to do. I won't curse you out because Evelyn would not condone that. This was such a positive video and she is the right medium for this. God bless you and everything that you are trying to do! Thank you for including others in your journey.

  24. This is amazing! I'm an adult black girl but I'll be using this meditation guide because… anxiety😅. And when Muhsinah talked about being hardened as a child and the norms we are brought up with especially as girl children is not helpful…I felt that!
    And I found a new artist to vibe to [her music]..Muhsinah🎧. Thanks Evelyn!

  25. Evelyn!! Couzin (Haitian cousin here) I LOVE THIS!! I am in grad school write a research paper on this exact same thing!!!! SIS YOU OUT HERE!! I LOVE IT!! KEEP DOING THE DAMN THING!! I love it, I am so proud of this! omg! (proud tear) *Update: I put the link of the meditation in my IG BIO* I support sis!

  26. This is so timely, appreciated, and important. Thank you and all involved for creating this. What a rich collaboration.

  27. YOU DID THAT. My god, this is brilliant! And #BabyBlo came through with the next level editing. Thank you for this amazing resource and this great work. Thank you!

  28. Omg I was so emotional watching this. I’m in urban education and I see the effects of what you are talking about every single day. Thank you guys for this. While my scholars are out of school I’m going to suggest that they take a listen! I swear we sisters in some life. I appreciate the work your doing sis. This is needed ❤️

  29. DOPE!!! Evelyn! Ladies! This is awesome you are seeking ways to reach our girls. I think this is a great program. Can't wait to see what else you create.

  30. Outside of the topnotch quality of this vid, thank you for sharing this. Super apropos. With all the uncertainty in currently being a student and continuing education, hoping we can finish on time and all that. Very needed. Which may be selfish of me cuz i know this was more for stressed out younger black girls. Thanks anyway

  31. I have tried meditation, sort of. I definitely resonate with finding playing a musical instrument very meditative. Beyond excited to try!

  32. The statistics break my heart 😣 Thank you for this video, Evelyn!! It explores a unique way to support black girls in school and expose flaws in our education system. It's really inspiring ❤

  33. Definitely cried. This project and all the voices and work that went into it is so powerful. I love the education and inspiration in the video and the comment section where people are sharing their personal stories. Love you internet cuz!!!

  34. hey Evelyn,
    I'm a white Gal from Germany and I actually love watching your videos, but sometimes I don't feel adressed at all like i this one.
    I kind of feel like an outsider. Which makes me sad.
    It is like when you're in High School and the cool kids excluding you haha
    But of course I feel your point of finaly building a black feminism movement
    Just wanted to share my thoughts.
    Wish you all the best, Anna.

  35. If you decide to record a five-minute meditation video similar to the first few seconds of this video, I will watch! Thank you for posting this video!

  36. Thank you so much for this! I know I’m a black male, HOWEVER, I do have black girls and women in my life who I know could benefit from this greatly.

  37. I loved this video!! Usually the only black girl/woman in every space, I often forget or normalize the things that weight heavy on me. Developing my a practice of meditation, mindfulness and visualization (plus healthier eating), has helped me immensely over the past year. Im also reading a book called In The Flo by Alisa Vitti about women's 28 cycle. Different times of the month I am more anxious than others. Sometimes I get lots of things done and other times…it's okay to slow down and relax. Can't wait to download the meditation!

  38. I think meditation would also be beneficial to parents. An understanding and acceptability by a parent, of meditation would help them to take it more seriously. I'm a youth counselor and we recently added meditation for the kids to practice mindfulness, once a week, but the issue we're having is getting them to want to participate. They think its "goofy" or "a waste of time".

  39. Wow!!!! Evelyn this is right on time. Thank you and the rest of the beautiful people who made this possible. 💛💛✨✨

  40. This is incredible- calming, healing, brave, soothing, and beautiful. Thank you for your kindness and compassion. Sincerely, a fellow Black girl 💜

  41. This is so amazing! I'm a college freshman and this whole semester has been very hard but the corona virus has made it even harder now that we've been kicked off campus. I used to go to our school sponsored therapist and that has been really helpful but I can't go now that I am home and it's really taking a toll on me. This came at such a great time. I appreciate your videos so much and keep up the great work cousin 🙂

  42. When she said, 'I do think a lot of our norms are not healthy for children', I almost started ugly crying and saying Hallelujah at the same time.

  43. As reference to the power of things like mindfulness breaks for students acting out; I personally know a student who couldn't safely be in a classroom due to emotional illness and once they started to use "time outs" that included breathing exercises and sensory meditations that student was able to quickly reintegrate into the classroom and now takes multiple advanced courses with his friends. If it can do that why on earth wouldn't it be helpful for kids without diagnosed disorders? And it's so much less expensive too!

  44. Evelynnnnn this was so beautiful. Thank you so much sis.I have been working on my Black Woman Self Care journey for a little while now and I've found some Facebook groups too. Representation is always so needed for us.

  45. You are amazing for putting this together, Evelyn!

    On behalf everyone who will use it (I know I will and I haven't been a school girl in aaaaaaages!) THANK YOU ! ! ! ! x x

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