Melody Moezzi: Exploring Rumi to Make Sense of Ourselves
CIIS Public Programs
“Quit being a drop. Make yourself an ocean.” Rumi’s inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. For writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became her lifeline. Melody’s latest book, The Rumi Prescription, follows her path of discovery as she translates Rumi’s works for herself, gaining wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. In this episode, Professor and Co-Chair of CIIS’ Expressive Arts Therapy Program Shoshana Simons talks with Melody about her life and how the wisdom she found exploring Rumi can help us make sense of our modern lives. This episode contains explicit language. It was recorded during a live online event on May 20, 2020.
Melody Moezzi describes herself first as Iranian-American. She is then Muslim. After that, she’s an author, attorney, and activist. She is also a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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has battled mental illness for over 20 years. She shares her journey as an Iranian-American-Muslim activist coping with her bipolar disorder with host Stacey Gualandi, and says she's been able to help a lot of people see that they are not alone with mental illness. Because she feels she was misdiagnosed for years, she says it's important for the medical community to be more proactive. Melody discusses her manic episodes, the undying support she got from her husband, and the importance of treating it early. She believes that people stay sick because they stay silent. About The Women's Eye Radio: with host Stacey Gualandi is a show from , an Online Magazine which features news and interviews with women who want to make the world a better place. From newsmakers, changemakers, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, cancer survivors, adventurers, and experts on leadership, stress and health, to kids helping kids, global grandmothers improving children's lives, and women who fight for equal rights,"It's the world as we see it." The Women's Eye Radio Show broadcasts on in Phoenix, live-streams on 1480KPHX.com, and is available as on-demand talk radio on iTunes and at . Learn more about The Women's Eye at