Author Archives: Sylvia Swanson

The Powerful Gift of Choice

Our days are filled with choices — conscious and unconscious, small and large — that enable us to accept what we are presently experiencing, and act with courage to create needed changes. Instead of being a victim of circumstance, we … Continue reading

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Celebrations Aren’t Just for Holidays

We generally take time to celebrate life’s big events like weddings, birthdays, graduations, and holidays. Of course these are important, but what if we broadened our perspective and gave ourselves permission to celebrate the little things? Life is full of … Continue reading

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Staying Calm While the River’s Rising

We live in a world where change is constant and often unpredictable. Staying calm is challenging as the events of our lives unfold, but it also is the key to successfully weathering life’s storms. With calmness we are able to … Continue reading

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Asking for What We Need

Imagine how many times someone has said to you, “Let me know if you need anything.” It can be a difficult offer to accept. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to answer, we worry about being a burden, … Continue reading

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Walking Each Other Home

We need each other. Time alone certainly gives us insights into knowing who we are, but there are some things about ourselves that can only be learned through interaction with others. It is being with other people, and experiencing life … Continue reading

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Becoming Self-Aware

Recently I took time away from family and responsibilities to cultivate deeper self-awareness in the face of unexpected events. I needed this space to consider the upcoming changes and to understand what I would need in the process. The author … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Every January brings the gift of a new year, every sunrise brings the gift of a new day, every breath brings the gift of the present moment. And with each new beginning, we open ourselves up to new delights and … Continue reading

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Honoring Our Feelings

As human beings we experience an array of feelings ranging from simple to complex. Feelings are not valid or invalid; good or bad; they simply are part of life. When we are brave enough to slow down and mindfully listen, … 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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Changing the Present — Giving Differently

Slowing down and savoring the present moment is a challenge in December. In recent years my family collectively decided to change the way we conduct our holiday gift-giving to one another: from a practice that usually involved extensive shopping to … Continue reading

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