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Meisaan Chan runs a Meetup group in Chicago for people who are, like herself, Spiritual But Not Religious, and works intimately with people who exist in liminal spaces of religion and race. She is also a compassion activist, translating Spirit into a vernacular for people who are committed to actualizing the equality of all humans. In her work of spiritually walking with others, she has been expanding her prayer language to include body prayer for other SBNR/spiritually fluid folks, which is a fusion of movement therapy and contemplative spiritual practice. Meisaan has a spiritual haiku blog at www.curvingtowardthecenter.com and is currently delighting in creating YouTube spoken word meditations that riff off of the Divine voice she hears. Meisaan is mixed race and for her spiritual activist work, she goes by her Chinese name. She is also a published author for Simon & Schuster (BIRD and ALL THAT I CAN FIX), a regular on Wisconsin Public Radio, and is a justice activist on Facebook; for these activities, she goes by her English name, Crystal Chan. She is passionate about making space for all the various facets people bring with them, and even more passionate about making space for the infinite facets of Spirit.
Meisaan loves sitting at Lake Michigan, which is across the street from her apartment. Which is cool. She also loves silence – like really love it – because it’s in the silence that she can hear God speak most clearly. She doesn’t own a TV or a smart phone because she hasn’t yet figured out how to have these devices in my life and listen. Maybe one day she will. And she won’t post on the weekends, because that’s when I’m usually writing.
Meisaan also has a pet turtle. Her name is Juanita. And she loves water slides, snowball fights, laughing really loudly, and watching the moon.
Meisaan (“may-son”) is her Chinese name. It means “Beautiful Coral.”