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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

Is Your Past Really More Than History?

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash  “We can let the past become something more than history: something that tutors us as we move into the new year. The past is history but the past is alive, because the past is in us.” --Howard Thurman We have a lot of choices with how we handle the past.   We can simply let life happen and choose to avoid our history. We can choose to live [...]

By | 2017-10-09T13:38:07+00:00 October 10, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences|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

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, [...]

Are Emotions Allowed in the Valley?

Photo Credit: Milada Vigerova by Jennifer Grabianski, speaker, teacher, and life coach I am living in the valley. Though I have enjoyed many victorious mountaintop experiences, right now I am laid low, grieving a painful loss, living with more questions than answers. The first time I used the LTML Valley Experiences Map to process a difficult experience, one question in particular stood out to me: “How do I grieve in healthy ways?” [...]

Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

Photo Credit: Sharon Christina By Patty MacCarthy, onelifemaps participant Growing up, I attended church each week with my family. In Sunday school, I was told that I was "a perfect child of God.” I never heard the word “sin” or that I was in need of a Savior. Jesus was portrayed only as teacher and healer. As a young girl, I was often left in the care of my two older brothers. [...]

Reframing on Raspberry Mountain

Photo Credit: Biegun Wschodni by Kim Nielsen, oneLifemaps Facilitator Waking up to a God-kissed day on Raspberry Mountain filled my heart with joy! Much of what is life-giving to me could be found on this day: being in the majestic mountains, walking in the wildflower valleys, receiving my breath of the Spirit from the cool morning air as God affirmed my life this day, spending extended time with Him on retreat and sharing [...]

Awakening in the Valley

Photo Credit: Carol Steffens by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog editor Have you ever realized something later in life that you may have carried around with you since childhood? So it was for me, as I uncovered a seemingly inconsequential item until I was willing to allow the pain to surface about an incident that occurred in my early years. After school one day, while rummaging through some old boxes, I came across [...]

See Me!

Photo By Kristina MM by Jean Masukevich, Yoga Instructor and Founder, Soar 4 Kids, Inc. I just heard a story about an 18 month old who woke from her nap and called out from her crib with joy filled expectancy, “See me, see me!” When her Mama went into her bedroom to see her she was covered with Vaseline that she snagged from her changing table and smeared all over her head and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 23, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Valley Freedom

by Laurie Proctor, oneLifemaps Facilitator My mind races and I have the undeniable urge to run out of the room.  I grip the arms of my chair to make sure that I don’t.  I am about to share a painful valley experience with a group of near strangers who are all staring at me expectantly.  I have willingly agreed to do this but now it seems like a careless, almost reckless thing to do.  Something akin to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 10, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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