WRITING & POETRY THERAPY

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?
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(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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Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: In this video you will hear a poem by Russian bard, Bulat Okudzhava (who usually sang his poems). It strikes me every time deeper and calms me more (English translation below). There are things we can not change, and, when everything is going worse, sometimes it is wise not to fix it by yourself, but take the Last Trolleybus to somewhere... to feel the shoulders of the fellowmen "wrecked in the night." The poem is also called "The Blue Trolleybus" (In Russian "blue" doesn't stand for Blues, more for Heaven), and this guides us to the whole Therapy Park of such vehicles...

 

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by Ruth Folit
I spent many happy years parenting—engaged in the process of making decisions that I thought were best for my kids. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet, but also one of the most demanding and challenging.


 

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: They say parenting is one of the most difficult roles in the world; the next time a challenging situation strikes grab your journal and start writing.


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Smile and laugh as Naomi Shihab Nye shares thoughts and questions posed by her young son in the form of a poem. Has a child in your life touched you with their words, why not write them down and make a poem too.
 

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Join Seena Frost, creator of SoulCollage®, as she shares some of her favorite lines by Rilke, and how she was inspired to write poems as a result of her daily walks. She shares some of the many creative voices found within the fence posts between the strawberry fields near her home; fences which serve as mirrors to our lives, separating and uniting us all. What part of your everyday life can be expressed in poem form?
 

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by An Bourmanne

"Sometimes I think I need your approval. For me to live my life./ Sometimes I think I need your permission. For me to do my thing./ Sometimes I think I need your praise./ For me to feel worthy./ But every time I am fooling myself..."

 

Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony: Do you think you need approval or permission to be you? An Bourmanne's powerful poetry show you otherwise.

 

 

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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...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Here is a poem perfect for a laid back summer afternoon of thoughtful reflection on life, nature, and the passing of time. What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

 

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Luxuriate in the insight of a Rumi poem set to music with stunning visual images.

 

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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 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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