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Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

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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Short Memoir: How Dogs Show Us How to Love Unconditionally bluenose pitbull book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir nonfiction unconditional love May 04, 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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Short Memoir: How Pilgrimage Shows Us the Way Back to True Self adventure arunachala book writing coach india just do it krishna das pilgrimage shiva travel travel writing yoga Mar 18, 2020

 Last winter, I traveled to southern India for a pilgrimage to Arunachala, a conical mountain considered by Hindus to be the embodiment of Shiva, the god of destruction and rebirth. The night before the pilgrimage, I dropped onto the mattress in my bamboo hut hoping for a peaceful rest. I...

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How Bhakti Yoga Brings Us Back to Our Hearts bhakti book writing coach brad wetzler chanting memoir nonfiction yoga Mar 10, 2020

Spiritual practices are an important way I stay connected to my deepest self. Yoga and meditation are my go-to practices. When I practice consistently, I do better at staying grounded in the present moment. And when I stay grounded in the NOW, I am slower to react to difficult situations and...

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How Travel Changes Us book writing coaching brad wetzler memoir nonfiction travel travel writing Feb 12, 2020

In 2011, I spent three months on walkabout in Israel and Palestine. At the time I was struggling with life. I wanted to see if I could believe in a higher power again as I did in my youth. I walked miles and miles in Jesus’ footsteps. Soaking in the Jordan River, I realized that I...

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Short Memoir: How Pilgrimage Shows Us the Way Back to True Self, Part 2 adventure arunachala book writing coaching brad wetzler editing india spirituality travel travel writing yoga Feb 04, 2020

Something changed in me that day on Mount Arunachala. I glimpsed something I’d never seen before. At least, not since I was a boy.

It was only a glimpse, so I can’t say for certain what I saw. But during and after my circumambulation, I peered deeper inside myself than I had done...

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