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Ask Baba Yaga: Will My Life Ever Be This Good Again?

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Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Commit to the Life I Have Instead of the Life I Could Have?

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Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Find The Strength To Stay Open, Energized, And Authentic?

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Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Leave the Past Behind?

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Ask Baba Yaga: What to Do About the Fact That I'm a Huge Shithead?

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Dear Baba Yaga,

I recently realized I'm a shitty friend, an apathetic daughter, and a selfish lover. How can I change?

BABA YAGA:

Deep change is unlikely. ; But you may go out to the edge of the pond with the stars below you & the stars above you, & draw down into the ink of yrself where is the feeling, & close yr eyes & bless those who love you anyway even as you are so small. & if you do such-so nightly you will keep the knowledge of who you are, & that will be the beginning of it.

 

 

Previously: "How Will I Know When It's Time to End My Ultimately Doomed Relationship"

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.

Ask Baba Yaga: How Will I Know When It's Time to End My Ultimately Doomed Relationship?

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Dear Baba Yaga,

How can I enjoy my wonderful relationship, knowing that it will eventually end because we want different things in life, and how will I know when it is time to say goodbye and move on to new things, despite the pain?

BABA YAGA:

)By the sea there is always the stinging salt, always the grief of what is to come, but mostly what you know–is unleashed light. But when it starts to grieve everywhere, all at once, & the cold & the blue & then the dark, then that is what you know;.

 

Previously: "I Want All My Friends to Be Forever Friends"

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.

Ask Baba Yaga: Help, I Want All My Friends to Be Forever Friends

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Dear Baba Yaga,

How can I deal with the comings and goings of people?

BABA YAGA:

Each coming is a beautiful assault & each going a griefly one.  In the pond I watch many dartings; & if I were to stand at one end I would be much bereaved. But looking from above it is not to feel sorrow, for all that moves away comes back or arrives to yet another, & movement is what freshens the water. Only when you : are smallest & stillest, with no other but a humanly eye, does each movement cause such pain.

 

Previously: "Have I Become... TOO WISE?"

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.

Ask Baba Yaga: I Recently Had a Personal Revelation But Don't Know What to Do With It

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Dear Baba Yaga,

Some things happened recently that cracked my conceptions of the world and myself wide open. Now I feel the push to do something about it, but I feel like I'm in a blindingly bright room and all I can see is the back of my eyelids. What's a person to do when everything is so illuminated that you can't even see where you're going?

BABA YAGA:

It is not ( the room that is brightest, but yr eyes that have known only darkness. ; Waking up morningly you are sightless first, & then yr eyes grow stronger. After some stumblings, the world around you will show its terrain, & you will see what is to be done.

 

Previously: How Can I Stop Thinking About This One Person I'll Never Actually Get With?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.

Ask Baba Yaga: How Can I Stop Thinking About This One Person I'll Never Actually Get With?

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Dear Baba Yaga,

How do I stop spending too much time and energy worrying over someone I will probably never be with?

BABA YAGA:

You cannot choose the fly that mucks up yr stew, but you can choose to throw the pot out the window. ;Throw it joyously–then go picking strange & goodly fruits to make a sweet new pot, & let yrself wander free into new gardens & tarry long. You have been too much , forlornly

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Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Open Up to People About a Recent Crisis That Feels Too Big?

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Dear Baba Yaga,

I went through an incredibly rough couple of months recently, and (mostly) managed to make it out the other side; but now I feel weirdly incapable of talking about my own life. How do I open up to people again after spending so much time alone in my crisis? What would I even share? It seems like all I have inside these days are things that are too small to be worth saying, and things that are much too big to be said.

BABA YAGA:

) After a great famine, what lives inside a house is mice & shadows., & while the house is shut, nothing but scratchings & dooms do walk & dwell. But open the door & other creatures shall ; walk in & fill the rooms, & light eclipse the shadows. & truly it is to know that many houses are near empty without famine, so shame you not.

Previously: "How Can I Be Myself in a Place I Hate?"

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.