Be Not Afraid of Love: Lessons on Fear, Intimacy and Connection

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Be Not Afraid of Love: Lessons on Fear, Intimacy and Connection

Be Not Afraid of Love: Lessons on Fear, Intimacy and Connection

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I did think my experience with therapy (and what I’m personally going thru) had a huge impact on why this didn’t resonate with me — i have had the privilege of hearing lots of the more useful teachings before, and in ways that stuck with me more profoundly.

I kind of think sometimes our role as children of immigrants is almost to find that balance,” Zhu says, referring to maintaining a sense of individuality while also seeing the beauty of our interconnectedness. We’re told we’re not supposed to give our bodies away, but then encouraged to have deeper connections with the ones we choose to let in. His tears did not make anybody at the table uncomfortable, and I do not think they made him uncomfortable either.The author loosely ties their emotional trajectory to the 10-stage Westberg model of grief and shares how they struggled with numbness, anger, and anxiety before reaching the later stages of “community” and “love. zhu does an amazing job of writing in a sincere voice that also gives credit to the sources and organizations they turned to in a time of need. So I think for grief, we need to constantly hold these funerals while at the same time, understanding the energy that comes out of grief and how we can use that to control what we can, when sometimes with loss, we can’t control a lot, but I do think we still have agency when it comes to grieving. Between Zhu’s soothing messages and lush, gradient-adorned visual aesthetic, it’s easy to see why they’ve amassed more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

Mimi's powerful and provocative words will guide and inspire readers to lean into love with softness. But if there’s one thing they’ve learned throughout this process, it is to embrace love and connection, as the book’s title suggests. Without any institutional support, the 27-year-old has forged their own success by using their writing and art for self-reflection, building community, and healing. feel weird giving this a star rating as this didnt work for me personally but i still appreciate how vulnerable mimi was. How do you think we should be navigating the kind of on-going grief we’re all processing, seemingly all the time?MIMI ZHU 朱希媛 on Instagram: "an excerpt from my upcoming book “be not afraid of love” that i also posted on my stories. We’re spoon-fed ideas about relationships—how they’re supposed to look or be, how we’re supposed to feel and act.

This book is a continuation of that re-learning, exploring the intersections of love and fear in self-esteem, friendship, family dynamics and romantic relationships, and extending out to its effects on society and the greater political realm. And we require so much support during our grieving processes, but at the same time, I think pushing grief away can actually be very harmful to the self, to others as well. They reference several feminist and social justice-oriented texts in this collection, including writings by bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Ling Ma, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Mia Mingus. I have witnessed violence seep into intimate relationships and I have seen how love has been misconstrued as the means to abuse, control, and possess. How do you mobilize that to honor the people that we’ve lost or to shift the circumstances that we live in?We’re supposed to mold ourselves into other people’s lives, and walk alongside them in their life journey. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

I often find that most self-help falls into categories that help you improve your material wealth - update your mindset SO that you can make more money, start that business, network more effectively, be less afraid of professional judgement.bad" feelings and judgements about "negative" emotions like fear/anger) and to think about what those feelings actually reveal about who/what i value. Zhu translates the thought-provoking, text-based work they have become known for on Instagram into a book filled with wisdom, imagination, and tips for healing. But obviously I think taking your work out of a journal and sharing it is again such an intimidating experience.

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