Writing the Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living boldly

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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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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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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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 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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