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Santa Rosa Counselor Patty Bechtold writes about how to find your inner glow, wiselifetherapy.com

Finding your inner glow

Your inner glow is like soft, amber light. Seeping under the door. Gently filling the room with its presence. Tender, undulating light. It is light in more ways than one. I think of those photos I’ve seen of Tuscany, the warm sunlight, entwining its fingers through the vineyards, reaching out to protect and support. The inner…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold of wiselifetherapy.com writes about how to let things come to you, WiseLife Therapy & Coaching

How to let things come to you

Is this your year to let things come to you? Perhaps that sounds a bit passive. But as I’ve been pondering this lately I’ve come to the conclusion that letting things come to you is far from passive. It’s not exactly active either, at least not in the sense that we usually experience forward movement.…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about what it means to listen to your one wild and precious life at wiselifetherapy.com

Your wild and precious life: you don’t have to know

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Somewhere along the way you may have come upon this question before. It’s the final line in Mary Oliver’s famous poem, The Summer Day. I’ve seen this line quoted on so many websites and blogs during the past decade that…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold explores what happens when you write every day, wiselifetherapy.com

This is what happens when you write every day

During the month of October I took part in The Devoted Writer, an online writing class where we were encouraged and supported to write every day for 15 minutes. Some of my classmates were there with specific goals, perhaps to work on a book or blog. Others were looking to enhance or get back into…

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Santa Rosa therapist & life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about the hospital fantasy & other escape fantasies at wiselifetherapy.com

Let’s unpack the hospital fantasy

Have you heard of the hospital fantasy? I’ve known about it for a long while, but just recently learned it has an actual name. When I first started seeing clients back in the day, I was kind of surprised when they’d tell me about their hospital fantasies. Partly that’s because I don’t like hospitals, but…

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