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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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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by Danielle Ofri

Toxic sock syndrome. That’s the first thing we noticed when we entered the hospital room. For those gentle readers who are not familiar with such sensory assault, toxic sock syndrome is the clinical term for the rank odor that accompanies damp, fetid feet that have seen more street time than shower time...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Doctor, Writer, Professor of Medicine - Danielle Ofri dispenses poetry to her patients and medical students to remind them that 'medicine (and life) consists of far more' than can be learned in school.

 

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by Lynn Zambrano

Identifying your best qualities is the first step in increasing your self-esteem and raising your vibrational energy. Looking into the mirror and seeing your true self without judgment gives you a foundation to grow from...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Great tips on how to use a journal to discover your authentic self.

 

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by Debra Smouse

I’ve never been much of diary writer. Until I was mid-way through high school, I would stop and start diaries and journals without consistency. Then in my junior year of high school, I had a teacher who insisted upon a daily writing practice. She would occasionally do a journal check that consisted of reading random pages, making a few comments, and returning the journals to us. While I was in her class, I began to fill spiral notebooks at an amazing pace...

 

Editor's Note: Debra Smouse shares the power of writing one day at a time, and it's cumulative impact on personal knowing and self-expression.

 

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by Asoka Selvarajah
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com

Each of us is connected with the Divine. The Higher Self within us far transcends the understanding of our conscious minds...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: You CAN write your way to higher-consciousness.

 

 

 

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by Deborah Morrow, MS

I always wanted to be a writer and during some of my drinking sprees, I would open that second bottle of wine, get out pen and paper and start writing what I thought were very important and life changing revelations. These writings seemed to be in the form of letters...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sound advice for writing through recovery from alcohol addiction by Debbie the Coach.

 

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by Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C

A cancer diagnosis brings overwhelming feelings, a multitude of appointments, a sense of managing a second job for which the pay is fatigue, possible hair loss and a tired debit card laden with co-pays. As an oncology social worker and journal group facilitator, my goal with survivors is often focused on finding an action plan grounded in self-care amidst this flurry of activity...

 

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt: Breast cancer does not discriminate by age. Journal Facilitator Jean Rowe, program director for Young Survivors Coalition in Atlanta Georgia, shares some important journaling tips and resources for cancer patients and survivors.

 

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by Helen Maffini

Keeping a journal is a great way of expressing emotions. The skill of using emotional literacy will be developed as well as better self awareness and self reflection...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Encouraging a child to write in a journal builds self-awareness and emotional literacy. Try these journal ideas with your children or students.

 

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by Noreen Braman

The books occupy an entire file drawer, their cardboard covers and yellowed pages shut tight against dust and light. I rarely read them now, and yet, I cannot relegate them to storage in the basement or even move them across the room. I need them near me as I write; I need to hear their faded whispers, see their familiar shapes. They are not pleasant, these chronicles, and for years just their presence terrified me...

 

Editor's Note: Noreen Braman offers each of us the opportunity to turn to the light...just like a sunflower, through all of life's challenges.

 

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Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: Limericks with funny "on-line" drawings.

 

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by Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA

“I am SO sorry.” “I can’t believe I forgot, so sorry!” “Didn’t mean to let you down.” “It will never happen again.” “My bad.” “So sorry to be late, traffic was awful; car wouldn’t start, got here no parking! What a start to the day.” How many times have you said this or heard these statements?...

 

Editor's Note: Charmine Hammond offers each of us the opportunity to forgive. Is there someone, including yourself, that you'd like to forgive? Take out your journal and a pen and write for twenty minutes asking yourself this question, "How can I most benefit from allowing myself to forgive?"

 

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by Helen Maffini

Poetry links into two dimensions of the EI theory. Self awareness is enhanced by the in-depth exploration of feelings and emotions that takes place while writing poetry. By linking emotions and feelings with words and pictures children can find deeper meanings in their everyday interactions...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry is an effective tool for building resilience. EQ trainer Helen Maffini writes about how poetry can increase emotional intelligence in children using poetry.

 

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by Federico Garcia Lorca

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver...

 

Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: This poem caught me in my young years as the best love poem I've ever read. Thanks, of course, to the excellent Russian translation by the now late A. Geleskul (I am half Russian) but the hard emotional rhythm of the flamenco guitar is heard in the Spanish original even by the stranger, and the images, colored with Green... are vivid as paintings, as films, so strong is its influence on listener.

 

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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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