Exploring Spiritual Direction
I bring to spiritual direction sessions the gifts of deep listening, discernment, compassion, and the love that surrounds and is within and beyond each person.
Silence is an important part of our gatherings, as is pausing, noticing, and reflecting back what I am experiencing arising within my directees.
I believe that the decision to explore spiritual direction comes out of a desire for spiritual companionship as one seeks to explore, understand, and most of all, experience, a sense of connection to something greater than oneself. It arises out of the feeling or knowing that there is a force or experience greater than one can experience intellectually.
As a Christian, I believe that it is in God that we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). God, the Beloved, and lover of our souls is the source of unconditional love from which we spring and will return.
My experience of Buddhism tells me that the sense of self gives way to an ultimate reality in which all are interconnected and interdependent. Our shared task is to recognize and become free from suffering, and failing that, to experience suffering (except for situations of abuse) as a teacher.
In my own life, I have found it helpful to have regular opportunities to explore the Presence of the Holy in my life, and to experience moments of deep connection to our "God of Many Names." I do so with my own spiritual director, colleagues in the profession, and those seeking a spiritual director.