Writing & Journaling

Northern California Life Coach + Therapist Patty Bechtold describes how to write to understand the meaning of life with Ira Progoff's stepping stones journaling activity, wiselifetherapy.com

How to journal your way into the meaning of life

A major part of the meaning of life is contained in the very discovering of it. It is an ongoing experience of growth that involves a deepening contact with reality…the meaning of life cannot be told. It has to happen to a person. —Ira Progoff Today I’m following up from my last post about the…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold writes about how the film Stranger than Fiction unearthed her softer inner voice at wiselifetherapy.com

My inner voice: Stranger than fiction

It was a time when we were nearing the end of 2020 and I was thinking about how unrelenting it had all been. Right about then my inner voice declared that if last year had been a book, it would have been named Unrelenting. And then I wondered what others might name it. I’ve been…

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Patty Bechtold, therapist and life coach, writes about beginning again

Beginning Again: Rooted

Beginning again. Pausing. Rising and falling in ancient rhythms. Stopping. Silence. The lull of the earth’s rotation. The waves, moving in, moving out. The sun and moon orbiting, warming, pulling. Beginning again. Loose. Languid. Receiving. As the world turns so do you.  Swimming in pools of honey. Swimming in liquid sunlight. Clouds scattering across the…

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Caring and kindness: Shadow Work

I wrote this during a gathering of the Soulful Journal Writing Circle. My inspiration came from my circle sisters and from Joy Harjo’s beautiful poem (see below). Caring and kindness: Shadow Work We must take the utmost care and kindness in all things. Especially in the ways we see ourselves, know ourselves.  Inner caring and kindness is the…

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Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about how to create a self-care journal at wiselifetherapy.com

What goes in my self-care journal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) You might be wondering, what exactly makes a journal a self-care journal? I pondered this myself for a long time, sometimes wondering if I needed separate journals, one that was a “regular” journal and one…

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