/Sharon Swing

About Sharon Swing

Sharon Swing is an author, retreat leader, speaker, artist and consultant with interests in life story as a spiritual development tool, crafting experiences that give God space to do what he does best, art as a spiritual pathway, and change. With Sibyl Towner, she has co-authored Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. For more information, visit She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit

How to Find Meaning in Life

Photo Credit: Alan Labisch on Unsplash By Sharon Swing What does it look like for you to live a meaningful life? I appreciate how Victor Frankl in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ is defined meaning as ‘resonance with one’s core essence.’ Your core essence is rooted in God’s design of you; how he made you to live and move, do and be in the world. Resonance may be recognized in what your [...]

By | 2018-02-12T15:04:31+00:00 February 20, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Recognizing and Responding to God

Photo Credit: Grant Ritchie on Unsplash By Sharon Swing In life, what is more important than learning to recognize and respond to God? This statement seems to point to the essence of what we need to enable us to live a life of love, joy, peace, and profound positive impact in the world. We can attune ourselves to God’s intentions to live powerfully through us for the benefit of others. What questions or [...]

By | 2018-02-06T14:17:32+00:00 February 13, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Prisons in My Mind

Photo Credit: Cole Patrick on Unsplash By Sharon Swing I visited a 'Listen to My Life’ group in a prison led by one of our amazing 'Listen to My Life' facilitators, Linda Heaner, volunteering with Prison Fellowship.  Having engaged in all eight maps of 'Listen to My Life’, the group was asked to repeat the first map, ‘My Life Now.’ The focus of that map is the ‘Lingering Question’ that prompts a reflection [...]

By | 2018-02-06T13:20:19+00:00 February 6, 2018|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Armor Up!

Photo Credit: Lachlan Dempsey on Unsplash By Sharon Swing I was struck by the benediction given by Jon Peacock, pastor of Mission Church in Roselle, IL this weekend after his message on the armor of God. Let this be your declaration each day! “I’m not shrinking back, I’m moving forward. I’m not backing down, I’m suiting up. I’m standing firm, I’m Battle Ready. When it comes to our enemy, we won’t back down, [...]

By | 2018-01-30T14:25:01+00:00 January 30, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stuck, in Search of the Right Way

Photo Credit: Jamie Templeton on Unsplash by Sharon Swing When listening to others as they engage 'Listen to My Life,’ sometimes people feel stuck, seemingly unable to move forward as they attempt to discern the ‘right way’ forward. Sometimes it is helpful to become curious about underlying assumptions that may be in play. As I listen, I may hear clues that prompt a question that may sound something like this: Might you be [...]

By | 2018-01-24T15:12:33+00:00 January 24, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Prioritize What Gives You Life

Photo Credit: Peter Nowicki on Unsplash by Sharon Swing What if gratitude and things that bring life hit your 'list' for the day? I grew up thinking that all the things that give me life were 'treats' for after I accomplished everything else. The problem is, the 'everything else' never gets accomplished. Receiving God's love in through activities that give you life is essential if you want to give love. You have to [...]

By | 2018-01-01T14:57:29+00:00 January 2, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Notes on Grieving

Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash by Sharon Swing They say that grief waits. I think it lurks. Then, it leaks. It’s a mess.

When it's time to let it out - to grieve in healthy ways - it is not usually convenient. It is necessary to leave time to let the emotions flow. Please, don’t avoid grief.  Move through it. Ignore the grieving, and you may be setting up camp in the middle of a [...]

By | 2017-11-13T16:17:04+00:00 November 28, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Feeling Fearful?

Photo Credit: Caleb Woods on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Are you internally conflicted - with opposing forces tussling within you as you consider good options in your life?  These opposing forces exist within almost everyone. You are not alone. Can you name what is in conflict and write it down? If you can, you have made great progress toward healing and freedom. There is a difference between fear and danger.  Danger is when [...]

By | 2017-11-07T15:38:10+00:00 November 14, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Maturing Gracefully

Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Becoming who you are made to be takes more courage than any of us could imagine. I have come to understand that 'growing up' has little to do with age. The process of maturing gracefully has more to do with how we understand our story and what we have chosen to take with us into the future and what we have decided to leave [...]

By | 2017-10-02T19:31:35+00:00 October 3, 2017|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Storytelling and Shame

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash Stories you tell yourself about yourself are a crucial factor in your ability to receive and give love. As I listen to people, it's not uncommon for a person to verbalize the things they tell themselves that are wildly shaming. "I AM an idiot." "I AM a weak person." "I AM a failure." "I AM not lovable." They are spoken as statements of identity. Let me assure [...]

By | 2017-09-18T13:14:47+00:00 September 19, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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