Spiritual direction is an ancient practice in which one person is accompanied by another in the spiritual search. A spiritual director meets with people to talk about the spiritual dimension of life and listen together to discern call or movement of the sacred in life. It is found in all religious traditions under different names. It can also be called holy listening, spiritual friendship or spiritual accompaniment.
What can you expect when you meet with a spiritual director?
When you meet with a spiritual director you can talk about many dimensions of life and listen together for what makes you come alive, what spiritual practices draw you and where you feel the invitation from God toward the sacred in everyday life. You touch on many dimensions of based on what you want to share. If the spiritual director feels that certain questions or issues would be better served by a therapist or another professional, he or she will let you know. Spiritual directors can help you reflect on your life’s journey by asking supportive questions and providing encouragement. The time together is usually once a month and is a gentle “check-in” about experiences that have drawn you closer to God or that have felt like obstacles. They focus on your spiritual questions – your deep longings, experiences and your responses to the holy as you may encounter it in daily life. If you are trying to establish a spiritual practice they can give guidance and offer resources.
It is often helpful to have a time set apart for this kind of reflection. A regular meeting provides a touchstone that helps one to see how the spiritual dimension unfolds as it is attended to. Inner wisdom arises in this kind of conversation. It is enriching and enlivening for both director and directee.
When two or more are gathered, I am there. Matthew 18:20
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