Part of the Whole by Lesa Weller (USA)

    Lesa Weller VWL.lesa“I walk on unfamiliar soil in a distant land. I am here, but not of this place. I do not speak the language and dialect of the locals who know how to joke and laugh with the ease of familiars.”

    I am a part of something greater than earth and buildings. I am made of the ash from burnt souls, the light of countless suns and the lessons of those who have been here before.

    In my search for asylum, I trust people I do not know. I travel through unfamiliar landscapes along grey highways, only aware of my solitary existence.

    Who will dare to know me for who I am? I am you, the child, the parent, the friend, the creative force that gives peace and absolution.

    I have come to this place to be without fear of torment and shame. I must exist where my life is valued, where I can hear my voice and I am invited to stand.

    Since my journey began, I have sought peace and belonging. Only now, when I look through the forest trees to the stars, do I realize I am home wherever I am. Part of the whole, part of the universe.

    Lesa is an artist, author, and advocate for mental health recovery. Her colourful multi-media art is inspired by and testimonial of her recovery journey and life experience with trauma and severe depression.

    “As a World Citizen Artist, I believe everyone has a story and that these stories make our world a cohesive and colorful tapestry. Our collective experiences are the foundation and motivation behind great ideas and practices concerning the heart, mind, body and soul.”

    (Painting: Starlight Forest)

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