Writing with Heart

A blog about writing confidently and living adventurously

Alan Watts and the Art of Living Your Weird memoir spirituality yoga Nov 16, 2020

I was in my mid-thirties and quite depressed when I first stumbled on a recording of Alan Watts' unique style of spiritual entertainment. Within a few minutes, I was chuckling out loud and had forgotten I was depressed.

These days, I no longer suffer from depression, and Watts' recordings still...

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What My Bluenose Pit Bull Taught Me about Love dogs love travel yoga Oct 14, 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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Yoga of Writing memoir spirituality writing writing practice yoga yoga of writing Aug 09, 2020

Years ago, I committed to a daily yoga practice after two decades of casual three-days-per-week practice.  Within months, I saw tangible results. I became more fit, more flexible, a little happier, a little less reactive, and even more connected to my spiritual self, which I’d...

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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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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 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 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 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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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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