Author Archives: Sylvia Swanson

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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Self-care for 2018

“There is no recipe, no formula, no guidebook for self-care.  We have a guide, and that guide is within us.  We need to ask the question: What do I need to do to take loving, responsible care of myself?  Then, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Blessing

A few years ago I wrote this Christmas blessing, and we now read it every December.  John O’Donohue defines a blessing as, “A circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen them.”  And so this year … Continue reading

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In Praise of Slowness

Somehow the words “slow” and “December” don’t seem to go together, and yet my inner desire to slow down is intense during the Christmas holidays.  Then I read this quote by Thomas Merton: “To allow oneself to be carried away … Continue reading

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