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//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 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.

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

God’s Intentions for Your Life

Photo Credit: Quino Al on Unsplash Whether you're unsure of your purpose, or you've already got an elegantly crafted life purpose statement, I'd like you to consider these words: God's intention is to increase your capacity to receive and give love.   God is actively inviting your participation in his plan to allow his love to flow to and through you.  He desires to clear away all that obstructs the flow of his [...]

By | 2017-09-11T14:32:42+00:00 September 12, 2017|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms, My Life Now, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Time Does Not Heal

Photo Credit: Caleb George on Unsplash.com By Sharon Swing The old adage, ‘time will heal’ is not really true. One thing is for sure, grieving loss and hurt does take time – but how that time is spent makes a marked difference in people’s lives.  Time simply allows for experiences to be accumulated with evidence that either supply hope or evidence that reinforce feelings of hopelessness. Moments of remembering the past with joy [...]

By | 2017-08-31T14:47:21+00:00 September 5, 2017|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Unconditional Acceptance

Photo Credit: Tim Gouw on Unsplash 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 [...]

By | 2017-08-21T13:41:07+00:00 August 22, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Sorting Out Your Story

Photo Credit: Rob Bates on Unsplash Sometimes we don’t realize we have choices. We’ve been given ways to accomplish tasks, ways to view the world, ways of interacting with people, beliefs about what brings meaning, fears, worries, values, and expectations. We are also handed beliefs about who God is, or isn’t, all courtesy of our family and our culture. Without reflecting on our experiences, emotions, and stories, how do we sort out for [...]

By | 2017-08-14T12:35:46+00:00 August 15, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Pain Avoidance vs. Purpose

Photo Credit: Rhonda K Native Florida Folk Artist There is a tension I want to bring to your attention. Discomfort Avoidance <-----------------------> Joyful, Meaningful Life When we avoid pain or various forms of discomfort, we seldom have the joy of living with a satisfying sense of meaning and purpose. It seems we live in a society that attempts to have it both ways, saying, ‘I’ll enjoy living with a joyful sense of meaning [...]

By | 2017-07-31T14:41:32+00:00 August 8, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Thinking About How We Think

Photo Credit: Christopher Sardegna Our past experiences shape how we react to our present, and how we predict our futures.  We tend to live on auto-pilot, using 'if-this-then-that' logic that our past has programed into our brain – especially when we are triggered by an unpleasant event. Options become limited – or left unconsidered.  We react to current circumstances without considering that there may be another way to choose to respond. That is, [...]

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 | 2017-07-26T14:31:54+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
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