Failure as a Confrontation with Death

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Did you listen to my fun, rich, and wide-reaching interview Jessie Harrold of The Becoming Podcast? What we chatted about:⁣  Failure as a confrontation with death that ultimately makes us more human and divine⁣  How to suspend your disbelief and follow your intuition in a hyper-rational world⁣  Animism and working with tea as an ally⁣ […]

In My Fantasies

A portrait of animist spirit medium and writer Mimi Young, wearing a cream cardigan and vermillion dress

In my fantasies, I’m smart, or at least, I can figure it out.I’m fun to be around.I like my body, and that she can do bendy, tip-toey, graceful things.I channel worthwhile ideas and things. My words matter. In my fantasies, I’m surrounded by friends, near and far, and that truly, they are always near. In […]

Nowhere Near It – 隔靴搔癢

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Growing up in a traditional Han Taiwanese home, the adults spoke to me in Chinese idioms.  One expression, 隔靴搔癢 (phoneticized as gé xuē sāo yǎng), can be loosely interpreted as: “Failing to get to the heart of the matter” or even “nowhere near it“. Yet the literal translation of the words actually mean: “scratching an […]

12 Affirmations + Truths That Are Not Extractive and Do Not Bypass

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1. While I most likely cannot be whoever I want, I can do something that weaves my interests with my abilities, to the best of my circumstances. 2. My shortcomings are not cuter than others’ or more excusable; I take fierce ownership of myself while also offering tenderness when I stumble. 3. I love myself by […]

Do Plants Feel the Same?

Asian woman hands touch the leaves of fern plant prayerfully and with reverence

No matter how often we are told we are loved, it’s still possible to forget it. I wonder if plants ever feel the same. I confess my love for them, again, as sweetly as the first time. I think the Tea in my cup today blushes. The Ferns, too.  Following the plants, Mimi YoungAnimist spirit […]

Ways We Block Our Creativity (and What We Can Do About It)

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According to ancient Chinese metaphysics, there are two elements associated especially with creativity; they are also associated with the summer season: I wanted to highlight the importance of how this relates to our bodies, emotions, and psyche this time of the year, when you or those around you are going through the Earth energy of […]

We Are Not High Maintenance

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And that’s when we realized that we are not ‘high maintenance’, but simply hungry, living on emotional crumbs for too long, and that when we express that weI have any appetite at all, that we were being ‘too much’, that we need to continue to not only strive to be physically thin, but emotionally lean […]

Shadow Work: Stop Forcing the Light

Taiwanese woman in blue floral dress stands in tall grass

Stop forcing the light. Instead, let us become reconciled to the shadows within before we can be reconciled to the shadows in the outer world. Only the acknowledgment of our own fears, triggers, narcissism, hate, and every other unappealing, rejected, denied or devalued part of ourselves can prevent the same reenactment of pain. “Love and […]

Two Of The Greatest Lies

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Perhaps two of the greatest lies are these: That you are born alone and you die alone. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Ancestry is woven into you. Wood, Fire, Wind, Metal and Water are not only with you, but make up your very body. These ancient ones sing you into existence, announce your birth, and call you home. ⁣⁣⁣⁣The […]

And Do You Remember

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And do you remember when you lifted me with one arm, as if I were a backpack filled with air, as we walked to the park with the big yellow slide down the road?⁣ And do you remember how you marveled at the corollas of seasonal blooms, and how you would say that we should […]