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Scars

Photo Credit: Fancycrave on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “If you do not transform your wounds you will transmit them.” Richard Rohr The other night at dinner we each shared about a childhood injury and resulting scar – a literal one still present on our bodies. It was interesting to note we all had one and an interesting story to go with it. Scars remind us of the wound that happened long ago. They [...]

By |2018-06-18T13:47:53+00:00July 3, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Your Story, Your Choices and Your Influence

Photo Credit: Cynthia Magana on Unsplash I was seven years old when I remember organizing the ragamuffin group of kids from the neighborhood to put on a circus event for our parents and friends on the swing set in our backyard. It was not uncommon for me to write plays, cast unsuspecting kids in lead roles, direct the whole thing, and offer lemonade and butter cookies after the performance. These early signs of [...]

By |2018-02-23T14:29:30+00:00February 27, 2018|Categories: My Life Story, Personal Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Learning to Wait

Photo Credit: Mira Bozhko on Unsplash by Joan Kelley This week marks the 2nd week of Advent.  We continue to reflectively wait for the birth of Christ as we follow Mary and Joseph to the manger.  We wait with expectant hope for Christ’s return and reign over all the Earth.  And finally we actively wait in the present moment and acknowledge Christ as Emmanuel – Christ with us.  The simple yet profound power [...]

By |2017-12-13T06:07:57+00:00December 12, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|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+00:00October 10, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences|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+00:00October 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+00:00September 19, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00August 15, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

What’s Your Story?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator   I asked the question on Facebook, "How has story work been an important part of your ongoing spiritual formation?" Sharon Swing eloquently responded with words expressing the deep connection between life story and spiritual transformation. If you have ever wondered if story is important, you will enjoy her quote. "I don't know how to think about spiritual formation apart from my story! If I am [...]

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