Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

The Hidden Power of a Daily Writing Practice memoir nonfiction writing writing practice yoga of writing Aug 07, 2020

Writing is more like yoga than you might think.

Both disciplines require learning specific rules and vocabularies. Yoga has its 8 Limbs, one of which is asana, or the physical poses that most Westerners consider to be yoga. Each asana asks the yogi to hold the body in a specific and precise way....

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Why Writers Need More Self-Compassion and How to Cultivate It book writing coach brad wetzler memoir non-fiction self-compassion self-love writing Aug 06, 2020

As a book writing coach, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to help my clients. Sometimes ideas come to me while watching Netflix. 

I recently watched Bruce Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix. Springsteen’s playing is rousing. His storytelling, more so. But the...

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What Yoga Taught Me about Faith faith spirituality yoga Jun 15, 2020

Hi Friends,

I’ve been thinking about faith lately.

Faith is a central theme in the travel memoir I’m writing. Faith has been a central theme in my life.

Since I was a kid, I've been drawn to religious and spiritual paths. But as strong as the pull toward God has sometimes been, my...

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Yoga and My Quest for True Self book writing coach brad wetzler memoir nonfiction spirituality writing yoga yoga of writing Jun 09, 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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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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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, yoga studio. Past the racks of Lululemon yoga pants and T-shirts that read “Spiritual Gangster,” I...

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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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