What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice of exploring one’s spiritual path with a person trained in listening, discernment and deep reflection. It’s an ancient practice within the Christian tradition finding its way into the mainstream of postmodern life. Since it’s a revived practice in a multi-faith world, there are many understandings of spiritual direction.
A ministry of Holy Listening
At its core, spiritual direction is about paying attention to where the presence of God (however you understand God) is most deeply felt. Spiritual directors, then, pursue the art of walking with you as you become more attentive to the divine in your life. We are, in a sense, a “field guide” along life’s walk, pointing out interesting highlights and asking you to think more deeply about certain questions. We help you make connections and become aware of what you are seeing. We don’t walk the walk for you, but we observe the walk with you aware that spirit is leading and is in relationship with you all the time.
Functions of Spiritual Direction
- Enhanced awareness of the divine
- Remembering and savoring God’s presence
- Spiritual Growth
Most important, the word “direction” is not about telling you what to believe or how to act. Instead it refers to the way a spiritual director may point out or guide you toward spirit’s movement in your life based on your unique relationship with the divine. Spiritual direction is offered one-on-one as well as in group sessions.