What is Spiritual Direction?
Direction is a companioning of individuals on their spiritual journey.
It is a sacred time in which to pause and reflect on everyday life
experiences in relation to self, others and the divine Mystery/God.
This time enables individuals to share and explore questions about
their spiritual journey. This process is for those who are seeking
to deepen their meaning and purpose in life.
What does a Spiritual Director do?
an atmosphere of hospitality and safety.
an attentive listener.
knowledge and resources.
to the soul's desire through a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental
direction is really not about being 'directed." Rather, it
is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God, self
and others. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship
whether you attend a church, mosque, synagogue, temple or none of
these. God seeks you where you are. Spiritual directors come in
Gifts of Spiritual Direction
might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including
Identify and trust your own experiences of God, self and others.
Integrate spirituality into your daily life.
Discern and make difficult choices.
Share your hopes, struggles and losses.
Develop sensitivity for justice and concern for the poor.
Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity.
with a Spiritual Director
privilege and responsibility of a spiritual director is to journey
with you as you deepen your relationship with God, self and others.
The journey takes place in the context of confidential one-on-one
or group sessions with your spiritual director.
has extensive training and formation and is seasoned in the art
of spiritual direction. Spiritual directors continue tending the
spiritual life by engaging in ongoing education, confidential supervision,
and also meeting regularly with a spiritual director.
and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient location
and time for meeting, usually once a month for an hour.
is a certified Spiritual Director, and a member of Spiritual Directors
International (www.sdiworld.org). Linda brings many experiences
from her rich background as a teacher, pastoral minister and over
twenty years as a spiritual director and holistic body therapist.
She is also a certified Life Coach and Wellness Coach. As a Rochester
Franciscan Sister, she has had many experiences of companioning
others on their journey of life.
from Creighton University
studies in spiritual direction and body therapy
Personal and Professional Life Coach and Wellness Coach
of Integrative Therapies
focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind,
and spirit. She is available for integrative body therapy, spiritual
direction, personal life coaching and wellness coaching.
others say about Spiritual Direction:
Spiritual Director is indispensable for my daily living. I talk
over the past month's happenings. I am helped with understanding
. . . "
Butler, Retired Methodist Minister
order for human beings to survive in today's world, we need to garner
our spiritual resources from all quarters. I believe the discipline
of spiritual direction is one important vehicle for helping our
society recover its soul."
Lynn, Practitioner of Mayahana Buddhism
so nice to come and talk and be heard. It is very nuturing."
Direction augments my personal growth, allows for the integration
of spiritual pursuits with the whole of me, and provides me with
a quiet space to listen to God's direction in my life. It offers
a chance to compare notes with a trusted advisor concerning the
guideposts on the journey of my life."
Landherr, Catholic Layman