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  • THE MISSION & THE WHY

     

    BLACK ZEN is a movement dedicated to improving the health and well-being of black and brown communities. It is a social enterprise and registered nonprofit designed to make meditation accessible, relatable and effective across a dynamic range of individuals.

     

    We aim to re-frame mindsets and blow up limiting beliefs.

     

    You cannot fix what you cannot see. You cannot effectively move forward if you don't know where you're starting from. Through meditation we gain vision and awareness. These are the tools required for inner, outer and lasting change.

     

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    BLACK ZEN TEAM

    BLACK ZEN was specifically created to remove the social and financial barriers that restrict black and brown communities from discovering the benefits of meditation, and allow our community to feel included in wellness-based practices.

     

    Our approach to meditation is non-religious based and focuses only on the practice of sitting and intentionally quieting the mind for personal growth. We as Black Zen’s founders have over 15 years of meditation experience and study (both formal and informal), and we draw from these collective insights, lessons and experiences when sharing and curating content.

     

    THE MISSION

    BLACK ZEN is a movement dedicated to improving the health and well-being of black and brown communities. It is a social enterprise and registered nonprofit designed to make meditation accessible, relatable and effective across a dynamic range of individuals. We aim to re-frame mindsets and blow up limiting beliefs.

    THE IDEA

    The “Eureka!” moment happened while Stacey and a friend were catching up during dinner. Each of their experiences with meditation came up in the conversation, and through that discussion, the idea for Black Zen started to brew. They didn’t see the minority community reflected in wellness-based practices and a lot of the online materials about meditation didn’t resonate with their current struggles. While Stacey had already established BE Meditation Group, there was still a desire to take the concept directly to the community. From there, Stacey and Jasmine decided to build what was needed in their own lives, and are now sharing this with others who may have also felt under-represented in the wellness and meditation community. Together they write editorial pieces on meditation, wellness and self-improvement, facilitate live meditation sessions and participate in speaking engagements to further the conversation on the need for diversity in wellness.

    THE ORGANIZATION

    Founded in 2016, Black Zen hosts live guided group meditations and events to generate awareness about the benefits of a meditation practice. They partner with community based organizations, businesses, yoga studios and health and wellness centers to facilitate free and donation-based meditation programming.

     

    Content creation and curation is another large component of the Black Zen mission, with an emphasis on representation of people of color in the wellness space. With this is mind, the Black Zen Beginner's Guide to Meditation was created. It was designed to make meditation relatable by demystifying the practice, de-bunking common misconceptions and showing that every day people can successfully meditate and use meditation to bring positive changes in their life. The team launched the online editorial Weekly Wellness and supplemental podcast offerings in August 2017 to expand their reach.

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