Zeshan Mustafa, JD, ACCEP, RYT
My name is Zeshan (She/Her(s)) and I know what it is like to be called “too white” “too fobby” “too American” or be told that I “think I'm black.”
I am a first-generation, South Asian American “spiritual but not religious” “brown” person who was raised Muslim within an intergenerational household on the East Coast of the United States.
Photo Artist: Prasanth Dasari
I understand what it is like to struggle with living in two worlds and to feel like I have to adjust to the environment I am in like a chameleon.
In my home growing up, my Indian heritage was emphasized and instilled in me. However, as soon as I stepped out of my home into the world, I received messages from mainstream American society that my heritage was something to be ashamed of.
Over the years, I compromised myself to fit-in. Even in my therapy sessions, I hid my "browness" from my European American and Jewish American therapists. And was afraid to open up to a South Asian therapist for fear that they would judge me for being "too American." But over the years I learned that claiming my multicultural identity was a vital piece missing from my therapeutic sessions.
I accepted that the healer I was seeking did not seem to exist in one person at that time. So I charted my own course and designed my own healing path. I worked with different mentors, healers, therapists, and somatic practitioners to integrate all of me.
AS I CHARTED THIS COURSE...
I discovered how to be my full self in lots of different environments
I shed limiting beliefs through body-oriented emotional process work that was culturally-informed
Art By: Taelor Pawnell at www.StylishSista.com
My Fun Facts...
Education and other Credentials
JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Maryland, College Park
HEALING ARTS TRAINING
Advanced Somatic-Expressive Practitioner Certification, The Institute of Core Energetics, New York, New York
Certified Yoga Teacher, Sky House Yoga, Silver Spring MD
Reiki II Practitioner, Healing Spaces Wellness, Columbia, MD
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