Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about how it may help to remember that death is inevitable during difficult times at wiselifetherapy.com

Does it help to remember that death is inevitable?

Does it help to remember that death is inevitable? Many wise ones throughout history have suggested we consult our mortality (rather than our fears and ambitions) during times of turbulence, tragedy and transition. So perhaps it’s important to remember that death is inevitable for all of us. And by this I don’t mean to diminish…

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Santa Rosa Counselor Patty Bechtold writes about how music soothes the soul during troubling times, wiselifetherapy.com

How music soothes the soul in troubling times

Music soothes the soul. A few days ago a wave of sadness hit me. I was standing in the kitchen, waiting for the kettle to boil. Thinking ragged thoughts and feeling pretty empty. Finding it hard to believe everything that’s been happening. Because it wasn’t supposed to be like this. And without really being aware…

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Santa Rosa life coach & psychotherapist Patty Bechtold blogs about heartfelt desire at www.wiselifetherapy.com

Heartfelt Desire and the Passion Vine

True, heartfelt desire: what is it? And what’s the difference between everyday wanting and deep desire? These are actually questions that I ponder, because I have to admit I am wary of too much wanting.  Because sometimes it feels like there’s a drumbeat of wanting going on around us all the time. It’s propelled, in…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about the complexity of being with grief at wiselifetherapy.com

The Complexity of Being with Grief

Not long ago I made some Earl Grey tea in my favorite mug from Chloe’s French cafe and began pondering what being with grief means for me, and perhaps others too.   Sadly, Chloe’s was badly damaged in the Tubb’s fire over two years ago, so the owners decided to close up shop and focus…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold explores the practice of beginning again at wiselifetherapy.com

How to Begin Again…and Again

We’re well into January, and I’m cautiously wanting to tell you I may finally be getting this thing about how to begin again. Seeing that every moment is an opportunity to begin again…and again. Of course, others have arrived here way before me and I’m definitely a novice. It doesn’t necessarily come easily either, but…

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