July 11, 2023
So you’ve decided to start meditating — for real this time. Google is more than eager to help you change your life, presenting you with over a billion results when you search “meditation.”
Hundreds of apps will supposedly show you the light, and you click on the website for the most popular one. You get a blurb about a man named Andy, who ditched school, became a monk, and then returned to the U.K. He seems nice, but he’s not quite what you’re looking for; after a little more clicking around, though, you find it’s the same story on almost every site. White person discovers meditation sometime in their 20s, takes a trip to Asia, and now wants to bestow their gifts upon you (for only $69.99 a year).
It doesn’t take long for you to give up and just give Andy your money. But in a world where nearly all of meditation’s voices, literal and metaphorical, are white, it’s often easy to forget that meditation wasn’t always this way.