Love is our deepest truth...
And yet, somehow, it is so incredibly hard to remember this,
or to really know this
(you know, that deep, know it in my bones kind of knowing).
Our hearts become calloused through the course of life.
We protect ourselves from grief, from pain, from vulnerability, by creating tough layers around the tender flesh of our inner being.
The spiritual journey invites us to begin to notice these thick protective layers,
and to listen for the living heart still beating within.
As a spiritual director, I serve as a companion to this process.
I will accompany you as you become more intimate with how Love is arising within you, how the Spirit is softening your callouses, and drawing you deeper into your true belonging.
I would be honoured to support, guide, and learn alongside you.
Why try Spiritual Direction?
On a day when the wind is perfect,
The sail just needs to open
and the love starts.
Today is such
FAQs about Spiritual Direction
Once a month is typical for spiritual direction sessions, although the frequency of sessions is up to the needs and desires of the individual so can vary from weekly to every few months.
Sometimes, for example during a period of discernment, more regular sessions may be helpful.
During COVID time, I am offering sessions in my backyard (as weather permits), through Zoom/FaceTime, and on the phone.
Typically, I also offer sessions in a room in my home which I will return to as it is safe to do so. I live in downtown Kitchener.
My sessions are $65/hr and payment can be made by transfer or, if it is an in person session, through cheque or cash.
Sessions are one hour in length. I typically begin each session with some kind of grounding practice. This could be an opening silence, guided body meditation, Scripture or poetry, music, or anything that we mutually decide will help you become more present to yourself and the Spirit in this moment.
For an initial session, I will send you a number of reflection questions to prepare for our conversation as we begin to get to know each other and what you are seeking in these sessions.
But typically, I will simply ask you where you want to begin today and you will take the lead on the conversation.
I will listen and ask questions along the way that will hopefully help you move deeper into your reflection. I may also draw your attention to your physical experience – noticing what insight your body might be bringing. And I will frequently return to the question of what it is that your desire. What do you long for from God as you sit with whatever you are experiencing?
The session closes with another grounding moment – typically some silence and a short prayer.
The best preparation is to be open to what arises within the session. I often walk into my own direction sessions planning to talk about one thing to find a totally different topic arising in the opening silence.
That being said, taking some time to reflect on the last month, review your journal (if you keep one) or prayer notes, etc., can be a helpful way to prepare.
While spiritual direction and therapy share a lot in common, the primary purpose is quite distinct.
Spiritual Direction focuses on the director’s experience of, and relationship to, God, and how this Sacred Presence is acting in their life.
We may reflect on similar kinds of life experiences as in therapy but ask different questions.
Spiritual Direction will always return to “How is God/Love present to you in this? How might the Spirit be inviting you to respond?”