Poet Interview: Dhavita Filek
So, anyone who gets my newsletter is probably a little familiar with Dhavita! She is the writer of ‘Seeds of Truth’ every week in my newsletter which is full of heart touching, soul gripping advice/truths. I’m so very excited for everyone to get to know her more because I truly think she is one of the most incredible people I have ever come across! She has been inspiring me so much in the past few months and I know she could do the same for you! So please, continue reading and get to know this incredible soul a bit better!
ReBecca: I have to ask this, always! Did you always want to write?
Dhavita: Nope. Not at all. I never identiﬁed as a writer. I have always loved to read but never really wrote anything outside of school until I deepened my meditation practice and words started pouring out of me.
ReBecca: Wow! That’s incredible! I’m sure it was quite a shock to you at ﬁrst to have the desire to write and now, identify as a writer!
R: What inspires you?
D: Everything. When I am present in the moment I ﬁnd inspiration everywhere. That’s the beauty of awareness and one of the main reasons why I continue to meditate daily.
R: What are your favorite topics to write about?
D: Emotions. Healing. Motherhood. Femininity.
R: This made me smile…such beautiful topics!
R: What does your creative process look like? When you’re writing…Music? Silence? Night? Day?
D: I have a love/hate relationship with my creativity. It strikes without warning and I feel intense urges to get whatever is inside of me out. This can sometimes be inconvenient but always worth it. If I try to ‘sit’ and write, often, nothing will come through.
R: Laptop, pen and paper, typewriter, phone?
D: Phone. While juggling two babies.
R: Haha! I feel this so much…
R: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
D: I believe in magic.
R: I absolutely love this about you!
R: Let’s talk mom life… How do you manage your time with kids and all of your current projects? You have the Reconnect Halifax event coming up, you just did a podcast with Kim over at Mind Your Vibe, you work with me on a weekly basis writing “The Seeds of Truth” as well as running your Instagram page.. Busy mama!
D: I get asked all the time how I ‘manage’ and truthfully, I don’t know how I managed life before kids and my writing. My life was so two dimensional it’s no wonder I was depressed. Everything in my life now is so enriching, fulﬁlling, and satisfying that I can’t remember what I used to do with all my time! This doesn’t mean I don’t have hard days. Two babies and a husband who travels has stretched and tested me in ways I could never expect. I remind myself daily that everything is temporary so I need to love the good while it’s here and sit with the difﬁcult as it passes.
R: Yes!! This is such a beautiful perspective. I love it so much!
R: You write about a lot of important topics! Including healing, self love, motherhood, and more. What brought you to these speciﬁc topics?
D: Postpartum depression. I had spent my life waiting for the next thing to make me happy and my experience with PPD taught me to look within and I’ll ﬁnd everything I need. Looking within is painful and messy but it leads to beautiful things!
R: Writing a book another book? Tell us a little about it!
D: Yes! It will be released in 2020. This is the ﬁrst “ofﬁcial” announcement! I’ll be introducing it on social media this October. This book has such a different tone than my last. The energies I’ve connected with while writing it are intense and I cannot wait to share it. R: Wow!! I feel so honored that you chose to tell me about it!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read it!
R: How did you feel while writing your ﬁrst book?
D: Like I was shedding millions of layers in order to reach the core of me.
R: This sounds so intense and healing…
R: Are you happy with how it’s done now that it’s been out in the world for a while? How people have responded to it, etc?
D: I wrote “Puriﬁcation” for no one but myself. To have it so openly received and loved by other people has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I wrote a book in the depths of depression and it’s bringing joy to other people. That’s fucking incredible.
R: Yes!! That is so incredible!
R: How has your meditation practice helped you within your creative journey?
D: My meditation practice IS my creative journey. Looking inward daily is how I connect to my inﬁnite potential- the same inﬁnite potential that resides in all of us.
R: What are some of your passions outside of writing/poetry?
D: Meaningful relationships, trying new things (recently painting), and consuming all things spiritual/esoteric.
R: Any tips for new writers?
D: Write about all the stuff you don’t want anyone to know.
R: YES! This is amazing advice!
R: What you think about the Instagram Writing/Poetry community? How did you get started on Instagram?
D: I think it’s a very loving and supporting community! I’ve met some incredible people through social media. Some are halfway across the world and some I get to see in real life! I was always very against social media. I thought it was a cesspool of low self worth. As with everything, my perspective created my reality. When I decided to join social media in early 2019 I had the intention of authentic connection and that’s what I’ve been receiving!
R: I’m so happy that you got what you were looking for!
R: Do you believe in writer’s block?
D: Any type of creative block is an emotional block. Feel your feelings and you won’t be able to stop the ﬂow of creativity. Meditation is how I do this but there are many other modalities out there.
R: Favorite book?
D: This changes every few months. Right now it’s ‘Wild Power’ because it’s completely changed the way I see femininity.
R: Favorite author?
D: JK Rowling. The Harry Potter series was such a cornerstone of my childhood. She helped me remember that magic is real.
R: A book that made you cry?
D: ’Love you Forever’ by Robert Munsch. I bought it while pregnant with my ﬁrst child and I can’t get through it without sobbing.
R: What is your mission?
D: To be the most me I can be.
R: I just adore this and you. What a beautiful note to end this interview on…
Thank you so much to Dhavita!! I hope that everyone enjoys this interview and getting to know Dhavita a bit better!
If you want to ﬁnd more of Dhavita, be sure to follow her on her social media platforms! You can ﬁnd her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! She also did an interview with A Writers Business, was featured by Global Poet Cult, writes ‘Seeds of Truth’ every week for More Than a Flower Poetry Newsletter, and just did a podcast with Mind Your Tribe which you can listen to on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Also keep an eye out for her SECOND book coming out in 2020!! You should also pick up her debut poetry book, Puriﬁcation!