On this episode of Melody and Friends, Melody is speaking with Author Sharon Hersh to speak about Ambivalence and The Holidays. Sharon defines what ambivalence around the holidays looks like and how ambivalence has affected her personally during the holiday season.
The Christmas season especially will often highlight a tail of two emotions, one of bright, joyous emotions as we celebrate with our family and one of somberness and grief for tragedies that have happened. She also breaks down that emotional low we can experience after the highs of celebrating the holidays has passed and what we can do to work through those feelings of ambivalence.
Sharon also shares how we can attune our hearts to the love of Christ each Christmas as we walk through those feelings of ambivalence. She explains we have to have an invitational heart that give myself permission to keep healing and admit that we need to keep healing. Who is Sharon Hersh?
Sharon is a sought-after speaker for conferences, retreats, seminars, classes, trainings, or workshops. She loves to speak any where in the world — to a group of 2 or 2,000. Sharon taught as Adjunct Faculty at Reformed Theological Seminary, Colorado Christian University, Denver Seminary, Denver University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in both under-graduate and graduate counseling courses. Other subjects Sharon loves to speak on include the courage to abandon ourselves and belong to each other; addiction and life beyond addiction; finding the landmarks of faith, hope, and love in our stories; knowing your sexual ethic – for adolescents, adults, and parents; healing trauma, and self-compassion for caregivers.
Sharon also provides individual counseling for adolescents and adults on a weekly or bi-monthly basis or in the form of intensives (3-4 days of hard work, blood, sweat and tears that is oh, so worth it!). Intensives can include EMDR, somatic therapy, and psychodrama. Call 720-530-1225 for scheduling and pricing.
Things We Talk About In This Episode:
What is ambivalence and what does it look like around the holidays? Why do we not do well with dual feelings and what can we do about it? Why is creating an invitational heart so important for ambivalence during the holidays?
How can we allow things to change in our lives in a way that doesn't creat ambivalence around Christmas?
We encourage you to check out Sharon's books
The Last Addiction (www.barnesandnoble.com/w/last-addiction-sharon-hersh/1100618546) and
Our listeners can also learn more about Sharon's resources, books and much more at the link here: www.sharonhersh.com Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Melody and Friends! If you haven't already, please take the time to leave us a rating and review on our iTunes page as it helps us get more great episodes like this to you!