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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Twenty scattered pieces of paper surrounded me in a circle, and I read each of them out loud, burning them one by one. Not Afraid of Love" is an unreleased song by Ariana Grande that was intended for her sophomore album, My Everything. As freeing as it was to tell their story as a survivor, Zhu’s book-writing process was not without pain. We’re supposed to mold ourselves into other people’s lives, and walk alongside them in their life journey.

But what distinguishes their writing, Instagram affirmations and essays alike, is their honesty and humility. And I really want to make sure that I included as many people as I could because they allowed me to come into my healing. In sharing their own intimate encounters with oppression, healing, joy and community, Mimi invites readers all over the world to reflect deeply on their own experiences, with the intention of acting as a guide to undoing the hurt or uncertainty within them. Dancing and celebrating, eating with and feeding queer people of color in this city has nourished me.In sharing their own intimate encounters with oppression, healing, joy, and community, Mimi invites readers to reflect deeply on their own experiences as well, with the intention of acting as a guide to undoing the hurt or uncertainty within them. Or we are encouraged to milk our grief and capitalize on our experiences, generating trauma porn for the masses to consume. Somatic healing practitioners have distinguished the most common survival strategies as flight, fight, freeze, appease, and dissociate. I first just want to say that books like this usually don’t appeal to me, but I’ve followed Mimi’s page on Instagram for some time now, and their words have always resonated in a very deep way for me.

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. A nourishing constellation of hope, truths, new light, and the words on love and fellowship that we need; have always needed. In this deeply wounded world, anyone and everyone thinking about how to improve our collective futures should read this book.At times, it can tug at your heart and break it, especially on days when you feel vulnerable and tender.

I wanna see everyone reading this at Riis beach,” they tell me, referring to a popular queer hangout in Queens, New York. And then on top of that, just access these parts of myself that I've always wanted to be close to as well.

Zhu’s candid storytelling, both/ands and all, underscores an uncomfortable but deeply human truth: Healing from abuse is a complicated, nonlinear process . I consider my own bodily instincts and how my biological and psychological survival mechanisms endeavour to protect me. Be Not Afraid of Love is a stunning collection of interconnected essays and affirmations that follow Mimi Zhu's journey toward embodying and re-learning love after a violent relationship.

She is the author of Somewhere On A Highway, a poetry collection on self-discovery, growth, love, loss and the challenges of becoming. These precious chapters are a nourishing constellation of hope, truths, new light, and the words on love and fellowship that we need; have always needed. this collection memoir/essays captures the ups and downs of healing from sexual violence so beautifully. Be Not Afraid of Love explores the intersections of love and fear in self-esteem, friendship, family dynamics, and romantic relationships, and extends out to its effects on society and the greater political realm. I think Zhu flips between “showing” us snippets of their past relationship and their healing with “telling” us things about the emotional and political insights they’ve acquired.

Death is simultaneously so simple and so complicated, and while we cannot romanticize grief as a mere celebration of life, it’s a crucial time for our deepest expressions. 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. During the lengthy ceremony, some of us wept in between chants, some of us chanted loudly then softly, and some of us needed moments of silence. Be Not Afraid of Love is the opposite - it encourages a deep interrogation with the self and asks us to analyze the ways in which we both idolize and distance ourselves from love. On other days, it can fill your spirit with immense gratitude for a life that was shared and a life that continues.



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