Posts by Susan Hendricks

Pioneering 30 Years of Journal Writing & Journal Therapy

A rare opportunity, this conference is for all who use journal writing for healing, growth and change including teachers, therapist, coaches, group facilitators as well as journal writers with any level of experience.  Limited space available. For details and registration for all 4 days or single-day options, go to http://journaltherapy.com Kay Adams, celebrating her 30 years…

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Travel With Heart

I found a special post card in my mailbox today from Russia. It arrived almost 3 weeks after I wrote and mailed it to myself. The colorful stamps depict now-familiar tiny scenes of my recent visit. The Russian-lettered postmark verifies and honors my presence there. More of my postcards should be arriving any day now!!…

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Let Nature Open Your Eyes, Mind and Heart

Years ago, I read Natalie Goldberg’s 1996 book, “Long Quiet Highway: Waking up in America” and it changed my life. Her teacher, Zen master Katagiri Koshi, helped her to understand that she must slow down in order to really see what was right before her eyes by paying full attention, noting particular details, using specific…

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Weaving Poetry and Dreams

Poetry and Dreams have a lot in common. Their preferred language is metaphor. Whether short or long, they hide as much as they reveal, surprising you just when you think you know the answers. Use one of your own dreams that you would like to explore and try out the following exercises. Don’t try to “figure…

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Flying High

I’m flying high – figuratively and literally – 30,000 feet up somewhere between Phoenix and Charlotte, after completing a week in workshop mode.  This has to have been the very best professional meeting I’ve ever attended. You might wonder what could make this one so good.  Was it the speakers – breakout sessions –  location…

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Listening Deeply

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”  G.K. Chesterton Yesterday, my husband and I drove five hours to a 4-year-old’s birthday party. Ninga Turtles were everywhere – little boys and girls wearing red headbands, eating pizza and chocolate cupcakes.  The honoree was one of our five grandchildren. Our son told us a story about…

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Journaling about Gratitude

Here in my warm house today I’m looking out at our second winter snowstorm in South Carolina this month.  I’m grateful for living in a cozy, warm house – having good food – having others to love and who love me. Seventeenth century Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza said that what we put our attention on expands…

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Consider the Cardinal

Consider the Cardinal …no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation… — T.S. Eliot, “Journey of the Magi”                                               Some say if you see him flying toward sun, good luck will come…

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New Year Resolve …..

New Year Resolve The time has come To stop allowing the clutter To clutter my mind Like dirty snow, Shove it off and find Clear time, clear water. Time for a change, Let silence in like a cat who has sat at my door Neither wild nor strange Hoping for food from my store And…

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Linda Pastan – A Dreamy Poem

  I love Linda Pastan, Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995. Many of her poems swim in dreams.  Here visual art inspires her poetry and reverie. I hope you will add your favorite poems, especially those that are dream-inspired. Le Sens de la Nuit Magritte, oil of canvas, 1927 Here are some clues to The…

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