KTD: The Healing Journey

Demian Yumei’s thoughts about the healing journey, the dreams that call to us and the voices that hold us back. This is a collection of writings and musings that arise from quiet moments and panicked ones, from inspiration and despair.

No one is 100% idealistic or positive all the time, and that’s okay! Each step, dark or light, takes us further along the journey to our selves, to home, to a place where we are just a little bit more whole — step by step.

Even though no one can walk this journey for you, even as there are some things we have do to on our own, you are not alone.

Welcome to the Journey <3

This is Not an Archive Blog

This is Not an Archive Blog

Written by on September 11, 2016 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

*Updated Revision* Not anymore! On June 16, 2013 I archived this blog, Keeping the Dream, to launch my namesake blog, DemianYumei.com. For reasons I will go into later, it didn’t work for me. I’m currently updating this site. I have already imported the articles from my namesake blog here. Posts dated after June 2013 in […]

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When It’s Darkest

When It’s Darkest

Written by on June 19, 2015 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 2 Comments

When it’s the darkest is when we need to shine the brightest, each in our own way. Don’t underestimate the importance of each sun ray, of every moonbeam. We have no idea just who we will touch, what it will mean to them… or to us. Whether falling full faced onto a well tended garden […]

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A Fluttering of Wings…

A Fluttering of Wings…

Written by on January 11, 2015 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I hear a fluttering of wings coming from the two pine trees next to the bird feeder. Several birds, sparrows, perhaps a mourning dove fly out. “Good morning!” I sing cheerfully stepping from the porch onto the snow. I have come to feed them. Just at that moment a red tailed hawk flies out of […]

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Was No One There?

Was No One There?

Written by on October 24, 2014 in KTD: The Healing Journey, Poetry and Song with 0 Comments

This poem came from a day, October 18th to be exact, when sorting through some of my journals I had glanced through them and the naivete and vulnerability of who I had been just cut through me like a knife. The day triggered me horribly — waves of grief and then depression that threatened to […]

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You will not speak to our children in Japanese

Written by on September 6, 2014 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

“We’re American,” he said to her. “We live in America and we will speak American.” So even though my older brother and I both spoke Japanese while growing up in Japan, my mother was forbidden to speak her cultural language to us when the Navy transferred my father back to the states. We had lived […]

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Each Decision We Make

Written by on August 18, 2014 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

  When we make a decision we don’t make just one. Like ripples from a tossed stone, the impact spreads beyond the first one or two we anticipated and moves across the pond of our reality. Depending on the size of stone and force of throw, the consequences of our actions may spread beyond what […]

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How Do You Walk?

Written by on August 10, 2014 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Quiet morning, distant call of a lone bird, a pause…and then an answer. Low, almost imperceptible trill of insects hidden somewhere within the green, the staccato of a dog bark punctuating the silence. I sit in the breezeway soaking up solitude like the cats soak up the sun. It’s been a whirlwind. First dealing with […]

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25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial

Written by on June 1, 2014 in KTD: The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Today I leave for Washington, D.C. for the 25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial. I am still massively fatigued, as I have been for a number of weeks now. I hate it when I’m like this. Seems to happen in cycles, always tired, but certain triggers — either getting physically sick or psychologically triggered — will […]

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