Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Overcome My Guilt?

Dear Baba Yaga,

I am oppressed by guilt. I often feel guilty that I have more than other people, and when I cannot help out or always be grateful for everything I have. This emotion is so strong that it steals away the joy of little things, achieving success, relaxing, spoiling myself a little. How do I overcome this?


You are,a morning wildflower in which the dew has bundled itself. Yr work is to keep growing & bloom in yr small bright life. You cannot change the forest even as you see the animals;tearing into each others bodies there. You bring peace to the forest by glowing palely in yr beauty.

Previously: How Can I Turn Platonic Love Into Romantic Love?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet and writer living in Austin. She’s taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at askbabayaga [at]

Illustration of Baba Yaga’s hut by Katy Horan.