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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 ww.onelifemaps.com. She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit www.swingconsulting.com.

Essential Curiosity

Photo by Evan Kirby Curiosity is an essential prerequisite to love. Since love is at the rock bottom core of our desires, it might be helpful to understand what helps us to receive and give love. Falling in love requires a curiosity about another person. I think it is also the secret to staying in love – and working thru conflict.   What if, when someone is irritating, obnoxious or defiant, I could [...]

By | 2017-07-21T14:24:27+00:00 July 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dual Narratives

We gratefully acknowledge the Source of the flowers, and the unknown photographer. By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I was struck by the phrase ‘dual narrative’ when it was spoken in passing.  The phrase refers to a story written from two different people’s perspectives, or from one person at two different points in time. Immediately, what came to my mind was [...]

By | 2017-07-13T14:03:18+00:00 July 18, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|0 Comments

Christ for me. Christ in me. Christ through me.

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story This breath prayer is one I say as a way of reminding myself who I am and to whom I belong.  It offers me peace, perspective and perseverance in times when I may be willing to believe my circumstances or voices from my past more readily than intentionally listening for what God has to say to me. [...]

Lingering Questions – What Are They?

Photo Credit: William Stitt By Sharon Swing, oneLifemaps co-author There are questions that linger in your mind, body and spirit, but are sometimes barely in the realm of conscious thought. Where does your mind drift in the quiet moments, the shower, or the car?  Are you ruminating on a worry or a hurt, or are you planning and dreaming of a hopeful future?  Is there a question you’d love to ask God [...]

Helping You Recognize and Respond to God in Your Story

Photo Credit: Michael Ramey Thank you for welcoming us back into your life. We're happy to announce the re-launch of the blog from oneLife Maps - the publishers of Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. That is really what this blog is all about -- helping you to recognize and respond to God in your story.  We'll publish writing of those who are listening to [...]

A Question of Gratefulness

By Sharon Swing, onelifemaps author “What if all I did not thank God for today would be gone tomorrow?” That question stopped me in my tracks when I heard it. Really, what do I have that does not come from the hand of God? What am I assuming came to me because of my own efforts? Did God not give me the ability to apply my efforts toward things of my choosing? I find these [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 November 18, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

Listen to My Life: The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life - The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I arrived at this particular life crossroads after an exhausting three-year run that included a challenging "hair-on-fire" job while parenting a preschooler. I loved the purpose behind the work and the people, but the way I went about engaging in it left me depleted. In leading, I had isolated myself. Professionalism, discretion, and pride [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 16, 2014|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Life’s Detours

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life On a recent road trip from Chicago to New York City, we encountered a sign that indicated there was a detour 20 miles ahead.  We stopped, had lunch, enjoyed a small town off the interstate and obliviously got back on the interstate only to run into a traffic jam and a mandatory detour that took us 80 miles and more than an hour out of our [...]

Listening To My Life

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Experience turns belief into faith. There is a difference between believing something to be true and knowing it to be true. I can believe the Bible, because it is the word of God. I know certain passages are true, because my life experiences have afforded me the opportunity to experience them to the depths of my being. My life story offers me solid experience on which [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 October 1, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Unconditional Acceptance

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I recently witnessed a conversation that was beautiful in its vulnerability. The level of honesty was disarming and uncomfortable for the woman disclosing her story.  She began to repeatedly clear her throat. The listener spoke simple questions and observations, without judgment, that led to a deeper self-awareness for the speaker. “I notice you sound irritated when [...]

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