Layla Saad is a writer and speaker, whose work focuses on centering the stories, art and magic of people of color. As the founder of Wild Mystic Woman, Layla's work explores the intersecting themes of spirituality, social justice, creativity, feminism, business and leadership.
As an East African, Arab, British, Muslim, feminist, soul seeker, living in the Middle East (Qatar), and sharing her work with the global community, Layla stands at a diverse intersection of identities, from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla’s own personal journey as a black Muslim woman, her work with her clients and her writings often confront the oppressive cultures of patriarchy and white supremacy.
In this episode...
↠ The spiritual journey of our work going viral
↠ Allowing our business to transform alongside us
↠ The importance of checking in with ourselves and our truth as we’re offered attractive opportunities
↠ Creating boundaries and hiring gatekeepers as an act of self care and sustainability
↠ Art as spiritual nourishment and poetry as between-the-lines liberation
↠ How success is measured being a model minority and the gold standard of whiteness
↠ “Black Panther” and the power of the mainstream changing and challenging cultural norms and narratives of blackness
↠ Anger as the destructive force needed to disrupt the old story and love as the creative imaginal force of forming a new mythos
↠ The discomfort, grief, fear, and disillusionment in awakening to and disentangling from whiteness and business-as-usual
↠ Ancestral healing and accessing the unspoken narrative
↠ The paradox of having a mixed cultural heritage and being both the oppressor and the oppressed
↠ Attending to internalized oppression and racism
Layla’s viral blog post “I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy"
Melinda Alexander @mumumansion
“A Woman Speaks” poem by Audre Lorde
“won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton
Author Toni Morrison
The Movie Black Panther
Connect with Layla Saad
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