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rustic table, window, words_ life transition self-care, 5 ways to fill your cup, blog post from women’s circle facilitator Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

Life Transition Self-Care: 5 Ways to Fill Your Cup

I remember the moment like it was yesterday, even though it happened many years ago. I was sitting with a client who was in the midst of a complex life transition. She was feeling lost, confused and disoriented. In the middle of our conversation she looked up and said, “If you could take my hand,…

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How to Welcome In Your Light and Shadow Selves

How to Welcome in Your Light and Shadow Selves: A Journaling Activity Have you heard about the light and shadow selves within you? It’s long been a popular psychological theory, originating with Carl Jung. At its core is the belief that our personalities carry both light and shadow within them, and that our journey through…

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door in red brick wall, words - 4 things to do when it feels like life is passing you by, blog post by Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

4 things to do when it feels like life is passing you by

You might think life is passing you by, especially in midlife. But trust me, it’s not. Because there is no way your life can pass you by. Take yesterday, for instance. Yesterday was a day. Getting up in the morning. Going to bed at night. And everything that happened in between. A rambling walk in…

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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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Is it possible to return to normal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) Is it possible to return to normal? Saturday was one of those perfect days: intense blue sky, soft breezes, an almost too-warm sun. You could kind of forget about the fires and mayhem that began…

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