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, songs and poetry that arise from quiet moments and panicked ones, from inspiration and despair.

No one is 100% idealistic or positive all the time, but each step we take, dark or light, takes us closer to home — to our truer selves, to wholeness and connection with one another.

You’re not alone.

Welcome to the Journey <3

A New Home, A New Life

A New Home, A New Life

Written by on January 8, 2018 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

On November 1st, 2017, my world made a dramatic turn into a whole new direction. I had already gone back to work a couple weeks earlier, not very happy about it, but a necessity. My first night at work alone, I received a text from a friend who informed me the apartment in her home […]

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What is the Healing Journey?

What is the Healing Journey?

Written by on September 18, 2017 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

This blog, Keeping the Dream is about the Healing Journey, my healing journey, actually, and one I wish to share with you. The healing journey, for me, is inextricably tied to the creative process. For that reason, creativity in its various forms are an intricate part of this blog. The healing journey is made up […]

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My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Poetry and Song, The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

My cup runneth over… Divine Love, expand my cup Expand the cup of my willingness to receive Broaden my mind to ponder truth Sharpen my ears to hear your voice Awaken my eyes to see your presence Strengthen my legs to walk your path Sweeten my tongue to speak with kindness Temper my pride to […]

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No Guarantee, Only Trust

No Guarantee, Only Trust

Written by on August 19, 2017 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

 As I take a step on the walk leading up to my house, I startle a monarch butterfly from my little flower garden. I’m hoping it’s one of my caterpillars come through the cycle of chrysalis to wings. It flies quickly away, lighting upon a hanging plant for half a moment before heading out to […]

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In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

In loving memory – Liu Xiaobo

Written by on July 16, 2017 in Poetry and Song, The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

  Liu Xiaobo 12/28/55 – 07/13/17 They took your body ravaged by sickness given time to grow unimpeded — “Death of a thousand cancer cells” — and burned it tossing ashes out to sea not in honor but in haste to get rid of all evidence of your voice and their crime But they do […]

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Podcasts for Keeping the Dream

Podcasts for Keeping the Dream

Written by on May 28, 2017 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I wrote the previous post the day after my last day at work. I worked a paying job in the mental health field for 20 years, on top of my role since childhood as mediator and advocate for family members with mental illness. After years of care-giving and the eventual loss of two loved ones […]

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I fall now…

I fall now…

Written by on December 17, 2016 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Well, Mama, I did it. I took that step off my balcony. The same balcony you affixed yourself to throughout your life, waiting for your boat to come up the river to take you away. Like you, I’ve spent a lifetime looking out over the moving water, life appearing to pass me by… but not […]

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A Turn on a Path

A Turn on a Path

Written by on September 29, 2016 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Last Tuesday my baby granddaughter came into the world. Today my youngest daughter turned 19. One is beginning her life. The other is continuing hers by taking a turn on a path that honors who she is as a person and artist. I hold my grandbaby in my arms and I think of new beginnings. […]

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