Spiritual Direction is the practice of accompanying and assisting people to deepen their relationship with God as they learn and grow in their spirituality. Spiritual direction encourages you to explore your relationship with God. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters in life, with God or their experience of spiritual issues. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning. The Goal of Spiritual Direction is to discern God's Presence in the sacrament of the present moment. By reflecting deeply on the experiences, you will learn to recognize God's presence and grace in your daily life.
Discovering the value of Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual disciplines help to keep our relationship with God in good working order, and even help develop intimacy. Spiritual disciplines are not the essence of your relationship with God, Christ did that already. Spiritual disciplines are not a means to greater grace or favor, rather, they are exercises, tools, and devotional aids that help us cooperate with the Holy Spirit in conforming to the image of Christ - becoming more and more of what God wants us to be. Some helpful disciplines that may be explored:
- Prayer practices
- Exploring spiritual experiences
- Lectio-Divina (Sacred Readings)
Exploring the Gift of Spiritual Direction to help you:
- Identify and trust your own experiences of God
- Integrate spirituality into your daily life
- Discern and make difficult choices
- Share your hopes, struggles and losses
- Develop a sensitivity for justice and compassion
- Live the essence of your relationship to God with integrity
The privilege and responsibility of a spiritual director is to journey with an individual in a one-on-one relationship. Spiritual direction can also occur in an on-going group setting or in an intensive retreat. What is shared between an individual and a spiritual director is held in strict confidence. There is no time limit to how long an individual may engage a spiritual director.
Spiritual Direction is available on an individual basis and in a group format onsite and virtually. For more information contact Dr. Sharon E. Siler by telephone at (804) 277-3831 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.