Together we will listen for the direction the Spirit may be inviting...
...engaging our whole selves in this embodied listening to, for and with the Divine.
...engaging with our whole selves -- our minds, our hearts/emotions, and our body/our movement center -- we will listen together to what may be arising.
...this is a brave and confidential space where one can share what is honestly happening in the inner recesses of one's heart and life. Held within a holy and sacred space, time is offered for the shy soul to share whatever wants to be said, noticed, lingered with and witnessed by a trusted other.
...first sessions are always free, part of the mutual discernment of listening with and for what will be most in service of Love and wholeness.
"The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out inner spiritual freedom, inmost truth, which is what we call the likeness of the Divine in the soul."
- Thomas Merton
“The purpose of Group Spiritual Direction is to provide a place where individuals can experience what it means to be listened to and loved by others, so that they can learn to listen more attentively to the Holy in their daily lives, and be loved by God, becoming more available to spread grace and love throughout the world (p. 8)”
- Alice Fryling (from her book Seeking God together: An introduction to group spiritual direction)
Group Spiritual Direction is an opportunity to gather in a circle of 4 - 8 people to listen together for the ‘still small voice of God’ in the midst of the clamor, unknowing, and sea of change in life. Anchoring in a God who is the ‘same yesterday today and forever’ we will listen with and for each other as to how God might be leading us to ‘hold fast the hope’ in both our individual lives and in the lives of our beloved communities.
This offers a time for a deep spiritual pause, with embodied spiritual practices to ground ourselves in God, so that the connection of the spirit can be felt in profound and truly intimate ways despite geographic distance.
Logistically what this will mean:
* a monthly 2 hour spiritual listening circle
* a willingness to open our spiritual lives to share with others (at the level of your choosing), and a willingness to hold sacred space for others as they share
* a commitment to remember each other in between gatherings* a commitment to confidentiality