A Spiritual Mentor for the Everyday Person
My mission as a spiritual director is to support seekers on their journey to become more deeply connected to God or a higher power of their own understanding. My role is to facilitate a confidential, inclusive and non-judgmental space where everyday people can openly explore what is most important in their lives. All at their own pace.
Spiritual direction is not counselling, therapy or preaching. Rather, it is an ongoing gentle process of nurturing one’s spiritual life. It involves a director’s attentive listening to others’ sacred stories and occasionally asking open-ended questions to help them reflect on their experiences. I encourage the people I accompany to notice God’s movements in their daily life and in the world around them to gain relevant spiritual takeaways.
Although an ancient practice, spiritual direction is very useful for modern day life. It is like “offering chaos a cup of tea” (Pema Chodron) given the complex 21st century society we live in. For this reason, I foster a relaxed, flexible approach to fit the spiritual needs of those I meet.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is a way of life. It is a holistic connection to something bigger than us: God, nature, others, and the deepest part of what it means to be human. Spirituality is an adventure waiting to be explored.
Each of us has an inarticulate longing for more profound meaning which material needs, wants and desires cannot satisfy. The invitation to discover and strengthen our spiritual life therefore lies within. Christ himself said, “The kingdom of God is close to you. It is in your heart.”
Spirituality then is operative. It is present everywhere and in everyone. It acts like an inner compass that reorients us in the direction of truth, love and an ongoing experience of God. It is a relationship between how we live and the faith we have.
“Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives.”