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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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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by Pablo Neruda

From Susan de Wardt: Have you ever wondered where poems come from? Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda gives us a look at how poems arrive. You'll find writing prompts at the end of the poem to continue your exploration of poetry in your own life...



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by Rev. Dr. Nicole Sebastian

Routine, habit, chores, stress, anxiety and fear----Life can be a daily challenge! For me, a daily gently reminder is crucial to keeping my balance and helping me see the beauty and love in life. Every evening before bed, I quietly journal my “Good Stuff List.” I reflect back over the day and select the people, animals, things and events that brought love and joy into the day...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Rev Dr. Nicole, Sebastian recommends "Just Saying HU;” a suggestion is a bridge to remembering your dreams and deciphering the messages contained within them.  Give it a try!


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by Carla Ulbrich

This is the story of how writing ridiculous songs helped me to heal after having a stroke.

I am a comical songwriter. That’s my “day job.” It became my day job after I was fired from my actual day job (selling guitars and pianos in a retail music store) when I developed lupus...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Join Carla Ulbrich as she leads you through her ten drop dead honest ways that writing ridiculous songs healed her. And get out your pen, it's time to start penning your first verse too.


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by Joan Leof

When Christina Baldwin wrote a book about journaling called One to One: Self Understanding Though Journal Writing, in the early 70′s, the Library of Congress had to create a new category for her tome and others like it. In 2009, the International Association for Journal Writers (IAJW) was created with a council of 30 of the best known experts in the field of journaling, including Christina Baldwin. It now has 400 members from around the world...



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by Melissa Breyer
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

When you talk to your dog, does he cock his head as if he is really listening to what you are telling him? Do dogs understand words? Pet expert Arden Moore writes that dogs understand your voice tone more than the actual words to gauge if you are delivering praise or discipline.



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by Joel D. R. Seath, MIfL

I RECENTLY DELIVERED A POETRY WORKSHOP that had at its core the technique of ‘wildminding’. I first picked up this thinking process several years ago when reading Natalie Goldberg. She advocated writing ‘as it comes’, from a place within...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Joel D. R. Seath, MIfL , shares this reflection of leading a writing workshop, "When we write without conscious concern, when we leave our inner editors aside, we find that experiences and instances of personal play, play observed, or play foretold come bubbling up." Cheers to you and your bubbling well of play that has the potential to be discovered while writing!


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by Kathryn Williams

Writing is a spiritual practice. This creative process engages the mind, body, and spirit and the end result is an awe-inspiring work of art. It is a healing tool, one that offers inner peace and grounding...

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony:
Kathryn invites you, the reader, to experience the wonderful spiritual practice of writing.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Mary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF

A construction worker sawed through steel, sparks rose like fireflies. I hesitated at the edge of the crosswalk. Another workman approached, smiled at me, "You can cross, Lady. After all, you're 80 percent water, if you catch fire you can put yourself out..."


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Mary Reynolds Thompson shares that we, as humans, carry within us the knowledge and insight to heal the planet. And goes on to challenge us to heal both ourselves and the world. How are you healing the planet and yourself?


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by Susie Wilde, M. Ed

I needed brightness, excitement, and new perspectives of life to light an emptiness marked by my children leaving home, my career crashing and darkness threatening. So I invited fifty friends to take me on fifty surprise adventures-- everything from making stained glass to sinking in quicksand on a beach in France. I kept notes in my journal.


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by Craig Shultz

Malcolm Washington, a sophomore at Great Oak High School, is giving readers a look inside his "crazy mind" in a recently published poetry book.

Malcolm, who turns 16 in January, wrote the poems in "Inside a Crazy Mind" after almost dying...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Allow 16 year old Malcolm Washington and his inspiring story of discovering poetry after a life threatening illness. Thanks Malcolm...and keep writing!


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Denise Levertov         

                It’s not difficult.

                Anyway, it’s necessary.

                Wait till morning, and you’ll forget...



Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Has a dream ever pulled you from the depths of unknowing? Poet Denise Levertov encourages writers to keep paper and felt-tip marker at hand for writing in the dark, using one hand to guide the other. For a Lesson on how to use your journal to interpret your dreams see the article: Dreaming of Blue Coconuts.


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by Christine Logel

In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, women who wrote about their most important values, like close relationships, music, or religion, lost more weight over the next few months than women who did not have that experience...

Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: We are always looking for ways to lose weight. And most reading this page like to write---so it's an interesting piece. You may even feel called to read the whole study!


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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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