I am Leyla Dualeh (she/they), a multidisciplinary artist, activist and architect in the making. As a highly sensitive person, my senses tend to shape the way I view/engage @with my external environment. This has served as both a gift and a challenge.
Through my many teachers (quick shoutout to Pema Chödrön, adrienne maree brown, bell hooks, and Thich Nhat Hanh), I have learned different techniques to honor my needs as they arise and create a safe, loving home within my body.
I'm definitely still on the path and have so much learning ahead of me. Here are my reflections on creative wellness :)
creative wellness feels like
acceptance, tenderness, joy, laughter, compassion, love, togetherness, community
seeing my self authentically and embracing all parts of my being, including the parts that are difficult to see + hold.
an unconditional friendship with self
willingness to explore the depths of my creativity. meeting whatever arises with curiosity and without fear or judgement
setting intentional me-time. time to experience the joy of living uniquely as my self, and dive shamelessly into my latest passions—whether it’s a new book, dish, or set of color pencils
taking time to recharge in stillness and silence.
so often i find my self rushing to compete task after task that i completely forget to stop, breathe, and check in with my body. i’ve come to realize that i am a sensual being with hypersensitive senses and i get can get overstimulated quickly if i don’t take time to reset. i do this by tapping into silence and complete stillness. here, i can fully feel all the sensations that arise within my body and move forward with a deeper understanding of my needs.
some ways i practice are
through gratitude and affirmative prayers
remembering what i’m grateful for—even if it’s as simple as my breath & being alive—can lighten whatever load i’m carrying and bring me a sense of peace. i know that in every moment, even in my lowest, i am connected to and supported by the divine Creator. i believe that every day has been crafted in divine perfection and it provides us with the lessons we need to grow.
i write to remember the blessings and lessons of each day, to process my emotions and release what is not serving me, and to document where i’m at in life. i love adding doodles and color(s) in my writing to illustrate each day because it makes it feel like each day has a distinct personality.