"Life is the meeting place. Spirituality is meeting God in all that life is."
Christians have practice spiritual direction/companionship for centuries. A spiritual director is a companion for a person on a spiritual journey, a "soul friend." In the midst of a busy life, many people find it difficult to notice God's action in their daily affairs. Yet, at the deepest level, all of us long for a more consious experience of God's presence and love.
Why would one have a spiritual director?
The spiritual direction relationship provides a safe place and holy space for individuals to look at their relationship with God in the experiences of life. A conversation with a spiritual director may include prayer, exploration of spiritual disciplines, discernment of God's call, and the integration of self.
People may seek spiritual direction for any number of reasons, including:
•To deepen one's prayer life;
•To learn to identify one's experiences of God;
•To learn to trust one's experiences of God;
•For companionship on the spiritual journey'
•For help in choosing among the options in one's life;
•To find encouragement, affirmation;
•To integrate spirituality into the whole of life;
•To grow into intimacy with self, others, and God;
•To develop a more wholehearted response to God's love.
Sessions with a spiritual director are often scheduled once a month for 60-90 minutes. Periodic mutual evaluation provides an opportunity to look at the relationship and reflect on how one's needs are being met.