What is spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice that existed in the
Christian tradition as early as the fourth century.
‘Direction’ seems like a misleading word for supporting another person’s spiritual formation. For me, it is more like being a spiritual midwife. You are the one giving birth to new Life within. I am a trained caring presence who journeys with you in your process.
Sometimes I compare the process of supporting spiritual formation as a metaphor of a rosebud blooming. We don’t force the petals to open. Rather, we cultivate the soil, prune, and water. Then we witness the rose petals unfold in response to the warmth and light of the sun.
Some people seek spiritual direction to have a dedicated time set apart to slow down and listen to themselves more deeply. It is being intentional to be present to pay attention to one’s thoughts, choices, feelings, and physical self to listen for the perspective of the Holy Spirit and it’s movement in your life.
is taking time for paying attention
to what really matters to you.
Spiritual direction might involve, but is not limited to the following:
- Your identity feels shaken and you need hope and encouragement.
- Support with examining your image of God.
- Explore practices to experience God as ‘with’ you in your everyday life or in a specific life challenge.
- Support as you wrestle with your understanding of what God’s perspective might be in your circumstances.
- Grow more compassion for yourself in the real and messy process of becoming authentic and transparent before God.
- Listen to the thoughts and feelings that get in the way of your wholeness.
- Invigorate your spiritual life or explore a deeper experience of God.
“In the silence of the heart