Author Archives: Sylvia Swanson

You are an Artist

Whenever I watch my husband paint, I marvel at his ability to look at something and reproduce it on canvas. That is a talent I do not have! During my teaching years there were times when I wanted to illustrate … Continue reading

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Intuition – Our Internal GPS

The last time my husband and I purchased a car, both of us made a list of what functions were most important to us. Knowing my talent for getting lost meant an on-board GPS system was at the top of … Continue reading

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Be Willing to Embrace What Shows Up

The phone rang Saturday morning and I found myself talking to my doctor. A test that was part of my yearly health exam had returned with a positive result. This took me by surprise because it was so unexpected – … Continue reading

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Inviting Joy and a Light Heart

“Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of influence.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks) … Continue reading

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Trust Your Journey

For every woman who has struggled with illness, faced the loss of loved ones, questioned what it all means, believed more is happening than can be seen, celebrated accomplishments, and triumphed, the message is TRUST YOUR JOURNEY. Life gives us … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of Life

“If you study the rhythm of life on this planet, you will find that everything moves in perfect symphony with everything else – by grand divine design. The earth has the ability to heal and regenerate itself, just as our … Continue reading

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What’s Prettier than Freckles?

There he was, my younger brother Peter, who I hadn’t seen in two years. Approaching each other, we both started to walk faster until we connected with a heartfelt, gentle bear hug that lasted several minutes. We whispered to each other how … Continue reading

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Reclaim Your Peace

If I had a life long enough to explore several untried careers, one of my choices would be archeology.  For me, carefully digging into secrets of the past, in a way that helps us better understand ourselves today, is fascinating.  … Continue reading

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Deep Listening

“Mom, do you have time for a visit?” my son said over the phone.  He is mostly home-bound, recovering from extensive lower-leg and foot surgery.  “Of course – what’s on your mind?” I replied.  He had been pondering his life … Continue reading

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Keep it Simple

“Simplify, Simplify” is Henry David Thoreau’s famous message from his retreat on Walden Pond.  This the perfect time of year to take a look around to see what might need attention – especially if the holidays have introduced extra clutter … Continue reading

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