What is Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction takes the guesswork out of a relationship with the Divine. It is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with God. One person listening intently as another narrates the current season of life. Both knowing God sits at the heart and center of the words and emotions. Spiritual direction seeks the intimacy of community, giving power to carry each other's burdens.
What makes a great spiritual director
A great spiritual director will have a spiritual director
A great spiritual director will have accountability among a group of peers
A great spiritual director will have a very disciplined spiritual life
A great spiritual director will see his/her time with a directee as a spiritual practice*
A great spiritual director will listen not fix
A great spiritual director will help you find true self
A great spiritual director will help you hear God
A great spiritual director will challenge you
A great spiritual director will feel safe
A great spiritual director will be available
*Spiritual practice or spiritual discipline will include spiritual exercises that act as intentional movement to connect with the Divine. The purpose being inducing spiritual experiences and cultivating spiritual formation.
Three areas of spiritual practice
Practices of personal cultivation, attention and exploration.
Meditation, contemplation, lectio divina, centering prayer - designed to capture your attention
Awareness and consciousness development
Prayer - intentionally moving with divine
Breathing techniques - breath prayer / mantras
Virtues techniques - loving kindness, giving
Somatic Techniques - understanding the body, its movement and flow
Chanting - allowing sound, vibration and energy to represent spiritual flow
Self-discipline - avoidance of indulgence, fasting, vows of silence
Practices of learning, understanding, absorbing
Reading / books, scriptures, poems, etc...
Listening - podcast, talks, seminars
Community / teacher / spiritual director relationships
Belief and or faith systems
Practices of external action
Rituals - communion, baptisms
Service to community and self (helping the poor)
Ethics - following a set of principles
Spiritual direction sessions with J.R. are designed to change your life.
Are you interested in working with me? Here’s how to get started.
Step 1. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consult. You can do that right here.
Step 2. Watch your email for questions from me. Before we hop on the phone, I’d like to know a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of spiritual direction with me.
Step 3. Hit “reply” to that email and answer the questions.
Step 4. At the scheduled time of your consult, we’ll talk! We’ll use the opportunity to make sure we’re the perfect fit.
Step 5. Then we’ll get started! If you decide to work with me, I’ll tell you the exact steps for getting started. If you decide not to work with me or if we aren’t a perfect fit, I’m happy to share other resources to help you get what you need.
Have questions? You can call me… 619.964.0337