What is Writing & Poetry Therapy? Intentional use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. Rich in imagery, emotion, and metaphor, poetry provides unique opportunities for self-discovery and is a catalyst for healing and self-integration. Therapeutic Poetry – Poetry, as therapy, is the use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. For more information about poetry as therapy & healing poetry, visit All Thing Healing online today!

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy?
(Asst Editor: Tomasz Czepaitis) Life Coach, writer and artist, Susan de Wardt is a specialist in the use of transformative language, story and art to unleash full creative potentia...
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by Ellie Peterson

How is it possible to write my own thoughts down on paper while being consciously unaware of what my hand is writing? This was my first journaling experience; it was poignant and powerful. While at a healing retreat, we were asked to go to a quiet place alone and write a letter forgiving someone who had hurt us.


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Take a page out of Ellie's journal, you can forgive yourself too!



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Poems from Helen Connelly, Helen Marring Wood, and Naomi Burton Stone

May is so beautiful: 
Orchards are fair; 
Branches of fruit trees 
Make gardens of air...


Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: So, here are 3 poems (would be more), dedicated to our Holy Mother to celebrate this month - the month of the Mature Spring. They are simple poems, not sophisticated, though I believe the healing point in them is dedication and praising - writing to someone, in this case Mother Mary, forgetting oneself, the author. I tried to do this putting my own brief instant poem in the end of this Intro: Mother Mary inspires me - I write poem - inspiring others, and so on.


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by Sue Meyn

There are days I wake up anxious, with too many things to do—or so it seems at the time. My early morning list (to-dos for the day) gets filled quickly, and often with too many things to fit in the available minutes that lie before me...


Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: We live in a world that is constantly pulling us off balance. Finding habits that support our stability become more and more important. How do you keep stable in today's world? Hope writing is part of it.


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by Judi Gerber

Many people balk at the idea of keeping a garden journal because they consider it unnecessary and just one more chore they don’t really have time for. However, there are advantages to keeping a journal including planning your garden and keeping track of your garden tasks.

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: What a clever idea, keeping a garden journal! Consider keeping one for both planting records and photos of blooms and vegetables with your words--how delicious is that?

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Sometimes you need a few cookies with your poetry! Enjoy.



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by Diana Raab

When I was ten years old my grandmother and caretaker committed suicide in her bedroom beside mine. It was Labor Day weekend and I knocked on her bedroom door to see if I could swim in a friend’s pool. With a child’s intuition, I knew something was seriously wrong and phoned my mother at work...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Diana Raab shares that "putting words on the page is a form of therapy that doesn't cost a dime and it is certainly a productive way to deal with the scars and dark places from our pasts." Loosing someone dear to us, like a Grandmother is certainly difficult, but writing in a journal can be one way to express the sadness and loss.


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by Ruth Folit

One of the most compelling benefits of keeping a journal on a computer is that it’s secure and private; a handwritten journal can be easily read. Unless you put it under lock and key when not using it, a handwritten journal may be an invitation for snoops. It’s sometimes hard enough to write fully and honestly when you know you are the only one reading it...

Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: So often when I am doing presentations or classes in journal writing the question comes up about whether to write by hand or use a computer. There is no "right way" but this article gives you some of the reasons you might want to consider keeping your journal online. Enjoy!


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Join Tina Games as she shares her intimate story, through eyes as a new mother, as she comes face to face with life's challenges. She warmly speaks about her relationship with the moon, and how she noticed the 'lunar goddess' can mirror our lives as we travel through darkness to the bright light of transformation. She also shares about her book and card deck to help you discover your full moon within.


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy hearing Love after Love written by Derek Walcott, spoken aloud by Kim Rosen and accompanied on the cello by Jami Sieber. This is a feast for the eyes, ears and heart!

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Interviewed by JaimeM

B.A. Chepaitis is the author of the futuristic novel series featuring Dr. Jaguar Addams, who rehibilitates prisoners by making them face their deepest fears...


Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: It is not so easy to admit when we are frightened of something – agression, aging, hurricanes, water, God, life itself or even a tiny mouse... Fears come as the unpleasant truth to shake the grounds of our braveness and self-esteem. So what then? When we admit, "Hmm, may be I'm afraid a little bit, but I will work on this." What we should do with fears – fight them? Or let them go? Or learn from them? Or don't recognize them? How to cope with this unpleasant stuff?


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by Joan VanEyll

Recently, I participated in an annual local community event where I talked about my book, The Forgotten Child, and shared information about Hearts of Healing, my spiritual mentoring consulting practice. As I was sitting in my assigned booth watching the many visitors wander by, I happened to notice a pinecone on the aisle path. It was average size and appeared to be in perfect shape...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy Joan's reflective article here as she shares the personal illuminative qualities that she found in a simple object, a pinecone.


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by Mikaya Heart

In my thirties and forties, I used writing as a way of getting in touch with feelings of frustration and pain. The words were not intended for others to read, they were simply to help me. I got together regularly with a few friends who were, like me, recovering from childhood abuse, and we did free-form writing, where we chose a subject, such as relationships, money, love, sex, and then just put pen to paper without any thought at all. Sometimes I was quite amazed at what I wrote...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Author Mikaya Heart shares how her process of writing has allowed her to become open to "a universal energy that flows from inside, an inner source of power and that knowing is an invaluable source of guidance."



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The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver

This poem by Mary Oliver asks you to look more closely at the world around you. After reading this poem, notice how you pay attention to life. Do you know how to be idle?  What are the questions that tumble into your mind as you relax on a perfect summer day? Let Mary Oliver help you discover the answer...


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