What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet. – Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Naming an endeavor or a business entity or a ministry is daunting to say the least. In the business world, a name becomes a “brand” although I never really cared for that word probably because I’ve watched too many Western movies! In any event, to come up with a name which tells others what is my life’s work and my passion is a rather serious undertaking.
I felt that a name for the services I provide needed to include all aspects of what I feel called to do and offer to the greater community. The first name I chose was one already in use by another entity in my state and didn’t quite feel “right”. I spent more time in prayer and reflection, sitting in the stillness and in discernment waiting for the Spirit to form the words in my heart. I heard the words but I followed up with the practical business stuff of looking up the name to see if anyone else was using it, checking on domain names, drafting a business card, etc.
Next step as part of the discernment process, I asked questions like what do I offer? I offer individuals one on one confidential spiritual companioning. I attentively and deeply listen with a compassionate heart to their joys and sorrows, their doubts, fears, worries and certainties, thanks and peaceful moments. What did my heart and soul tell me about the name I had in mind? Did it “feel” right? The facilitators at the Spiritual Direction Internship at Benedict Inn in Beechgrove, Indiana taught me – and showed me – that spiritual companioning or listening was to “listen with the ear of the heart.” Yes! That was it! Through my mind, heart and soul, and through discernment, a name emerged. I offer a listening heart to others in all that I do and so was born, Listening Heart LLC.
What else do I offer?
In addition to spiritual direction or companioning, I offer my gifts and talents as a retreat and workshop facilitator. I feel at home as a teacher but it is life-giving to me to be a facilitator – one who enables and empowers adult learners and seekers to learn and grow.
Do you have a small group in your church or neighborhood who would like to engage in a spiritual journey? Want to learn out to be more mindful or aware or learn to meditate and pray? Would you like to know how to use Scripture to enhance your spirituality? What if you could learn about other faith traditions, religions, and spiritualities? Do you like to read but want something with a little more “umph” and would like to talk about it with like-minded people? Call me and let’s talk. I am here to help. I have prepared ready to go programs however, I am willing to work with you on developing a program to meet your needs.
I offer Reiki energy work. In this work, I am merely an instrument of peaceful, healing energy wherever YOU need it – body, mind or spirit. I am a conduit for the healing energy of the Universe and make no claims of cures or specific results. If you would like to know more, please contact me.
I am a trained mediator. I have over 80 hours of mediation training and I have participated in numerous mediations as a law practitioner. Are you involved in a conflict with your neighbor or your ex? Do you feel “stuck” in your position but want a way to resolve the situation amicably and peacefully? Do you have conflict in your place of business and would like to see everyone “just get along”? Have you been ordered by a court to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? I can help you. I believe everything is workable. Please contact me to discuss how we can restore your relationships.
As I continue on this human journey as a spiritual being, more and more opportunities and grace moments will arise. The sweet fragrance of Grace and Love will bring moments to share my gifts and talents. I look forward to companioning with you and sharing your journey with a Listening Heart.