The Cycle Breaker: Dr. Mariel Buqué

by Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah

What does home mean to you?

It means to be authentic, grounded, unfiltered. It a place where I can take off the cape and just be. I can be my funny self, feel deeply connected to my roots, supremely loved by the people I care about. And it's a place where I get to show myself grace and love myself wholeheartedly.

What word captures the essence of your home?

I call my home my oasis, because it’s designed to keep zen and peace inside. 

How does your home space inspire the work you do?

It helps keep me grounded. Every part of my home is curated with that in mind. And since I specialize in doing grounding work, it keeps me on task. But it's also helpful when the world feels like it's on fire. My home is a balm.

What part of your living space makes you feel most at home?

I love my living room space. There’s a fireplace there and the sound of a fire going is one of the most soothing and calming sounds to me. I love it there.

How does your home reflect your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors?

My home is peaceful. I can be that, a lot. But it’s also reflective of a lot of bold elements. And that I am too. Peaceful, but with a hint of bold. I think it also reflects my calm thoughts, because you can’t help but to experience calm there. But it’s also a place where I am able to dream a lot. I dream of what my world could be like in the next few years and the abundance of my home allows me to see things abundantly.

What at-home practices do you lean into to tend to your racial wellbeing?

I got to my backyard and walk on the grass. That makes me feel most connected to ancestors. And when I am, I feel untouchable. I feel racism can’t consume me in those moments. I feel spiritually lifted.


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