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What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction  - also called spiritual companionship - explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day.

Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Our role is not to define spiritual direction, but to describe the experience.

Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.

Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, former Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International

What can I expect during a spiritual direction session?

Spiritual Direction sessions are about 50mins long. During that time a spiritual practice may be introduced as a starting point for our time together. The directee may share about whatever comes up for them or what has been in their heart and on their mind. While Spiritual Direction is NOT therapy, it may be a therapeutic experience, helping the directee come to a greater understanding of themselves, life circumstances, and God. 

Spiritual Direction sessions occur about once a month for a determined amount of time agreed upon by the director and the directee, most typically for 6 months, at that time the direction relationship may be reevaluated by both parties.

Currently, Laura is only offering online Spiritual Direction sessions via Zoom. If you prefer Skype or Google hangouts please let Laura know. 

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