Writing the Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living boldly

What My Dying Dog Taught Me about Loneliness and Love dogs loneliness memoir Jun 08, 2020

The morning after my dog Blue died, I woke before dawn, reached into the dark for my phone, and turned it over to a text from a friend: I’m so sorry, Brad. My heart aches for you.

A tear rolled down my cheek, but I didn’t want to wake Kristen. I leaned over, kissed her on the forehead,...

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How I Turn Early-Waking Insomnia Into a Gift meditation spirituality writing yoga May 26, 2020
I wake up early. Not by choice really. There’s not much to do at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. but practice. I look serious here. But that’s the mood, the vibe, before sunrise. At least, to me. It feels like a time to consider and contemplate and journal. Life. God. Purpose. That kind of...
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What My Bluenose Pit Bull Taught Me about Love dogs love travel yoga May 22, 2020

When I used to travel a lot as a magazine writer, I tried to work fast so that I could explore more of the countries I visited. I gravitated toward holy sites. Temples, churches, ashrams, ancient ruins, active charnel grounds. I wasn’t a believer, so I wasn’t even sure what...

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A Middle-Aged Journalist Grows Up to Be a Yoga Teacher spirituality transformation yoga May 22, 2020

Last February, a few weeks after my 51st birthday and on the twisting road to becoming a middle-aged yoga instructor, I skulked through the orange-themed lobby at a Boulder, Colorado, CorePower Yoga studio. Past the racks of Lululemon yoga pants and T-shirts that read “Spiritual...

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How to Be a Spiritual Finder Rather Than a Perpetual Seeker spirituality transformation travel May 22, 2020

Transformation is hard. It takes work to break old habits and create new ones. We must stay diligent at “doing the work.” Yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, and therapy are methods that, when practiced regularly, can lead us back to our true selves. But I’ve learned that there are...

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How Yoga Shows You Who You Really Are fath psychology yoga May 22, 2020

A consistent yoga practice can be powerful. It’s like standing in front of a mirror and staring at your reflection. This can be frightening for anybody, but for a middle-aged man it is especially so.

First, you see things that surprise or shock you. Is my belly really that lumpy? Is my hair...

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How to Make Writing a Daily Spiritual Practice Uncategorized May 19, 2020

I once wrote a feature story for The New York Times Magazine about “the real Indiana Jones.” His name was , and I met him at a seaside bar on Oahu’s North Shore. I was riveted by his tales about his swashbuckling days searching Peru’s jungles for forgotten ruins...

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Reflections on a Twelve-Hour Mystical Experience in India india mysticism travel May 19, 2020

At the age of twelve, I had a brush with death that changed me.

On the first day of a weekend father-son canoe trip in the Ozarks, the canoe carrying my dad and I capsized, and we were both sent overboard into the cold, fast-moving water. In the chaotic next seconds, my lifejacket snagged on...

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Spring Cleaning, Covid, and a Note from Jon Krakauer into thin air jon krakauer May 16, 2020
On Facebook, I was recently asked to participate in a challenge to list seven of my favorite books. 
 
I couldn't take part in the exercise without mentioning Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. 
 
"Into Thin Air" will be remembered as one of the great adventure books...
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Spring Cleaning, Memory, and a Note from JFK, Jr. memoir nonfiction writing May 16, 2020
While spring cleaning and rearranging bookshelves this week, I came across this card from John F. Kennedy, Jr. I received it in 1997 or 1998 after I signed on to be a contributing editor at George magazine.
 
I spent two years writing regularly for that magazine. I traveled to Moscow...
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How Travel, Journaling, and Yoga Bring Us Home to Our True Self bhakti book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir travel writing unconditional love writing yoga May 12, 2020

Working in memoir requires a writer to stand in the fire of truth. This means holding ourselves accountable to seeing what’s true about our lives. Part of my process as a book writing coach is to point clients to ways they can write with a more open heart. Writing well about...

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Love and Memoir Uncategorized May 05, 2020

Working in memoir requires a writer to stand in the fire of truth. This means holding ourselves accountable to seeing what’s true about our lives. Part of my process as a book writing coach is to point clients to ways they can write with a more open heart. Writing well about our...

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