My name is Doriana Diaz. I am 20 years old. I am an Afro-Latina creative, author, writer, storyteller, vessel, and visual artist. I want to become a person who utilizes her gifts to provided spaces for those like me to share their truth and embrace their vulnerability.
Mental health has affected me since I was a child. I was born and then I was surrendered and throughout my life I have been in pain about it. Not long ago I was in a deep depression, which withheld me from being able to function as a normal person in the world. I could not leave my bed or my room in order to do basic things. I had never experienced a depression so intense before. My depression affected me in my abilities to show up for those that I love in the ways I desired, it affected my mood, my motivation and my stability.
I have not realized or come to terms with how to “overcome” mental health, but there are various ways I have learned to function with it:
- Practicing patience: deep breathing exercises/re-centering myself in my own body. - Yoga/meditation: helps me to reconnect with my body, mind, and spirit.
- Group therapy: meeting once a week with women who I can spill my secrets to.
- Writing/Poetry: writing is my outlet for my pain, it has saved me more than once. - Rest: sleeping and rest are how we nourish ourselves
You Are A Gem!
“I am magic built from the bodies of generations of self-loving women who paved the way for my existence to take form.”
Self love to me is the act of embracing your vulnerability in ever capacity and on every level. I used to think that vulnerability was weakness. It has taken me a long time to realize that vulnerability is power. Allowing ones self to express and embrace their most vulnerable self is a courageous act. Loving myself looks like showering myself with affirmation, especially when it the most difficult. Loving myself looks like rest. Rest is how we nourish ourselves, rest is how we prepare ourselves for all that is demanded out of us in our everyday lives. I have learned how to love myself in so many ways, every day I find a new way to love myself. Loving ones self is a practice, it takes patience and persistence. I am magic built from the bodies of generations of self-loving women who paved the way for my existence to take form. My self love journey has consisted of painful discoveries and experiences which have challenged my commitment to myself and to my own healing.
“There is nothing you cannot survive.”
To women everywhere,
You are made of magic. You are stardust. You are the creators of life.
“Where there is a woman there is magic. If there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share or not share her powers. A woman with a moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort of the spirits.”
― Ntozake Shange