Spiritual direction is the practice of being with an individual (a directee) as s/he deepens the connection with the divine. As an interfaith spiritual director, the exploration does not follow a particular faith, but follows whatever your conception of the divine is, be it God, compassion, or Mother Earth. If you do not know where your faith rests or what you believe, but want to develop a spiritual practice, spiritual direction is an excellent way to start.
Spiritual direction helps one to find more meaning and purpose in life. It is about connecting with the sacred and finding the it in the mundane, in our daily existence. It is about telling our stories, honoring them, and making them sacred. It is contemplative and meditative; a way to separate from the chaos of our lives and find our center. Through the process of spiritual direction we become more present to ourselves, the holy, and the world around us.
SD vs Therapy
Spiritual direction, although therapeutic, differs from therapy. Typically, a spiritual director and directee meet once a month, versus weekly as found with most therapeutic models. However, if an individual would like more frequent meetings, that can be arranged as appropriate. Also, the focus is on the connection with your higher power; it is on working through your conflicts or confusion about your connection with the sacred. The purpose is not to focus on psychological issues, except as they relate to the divine. The end point is to deepen the connection with the Holy and ultimately with yourself.
Jami teaches the Impact of Trauma and Abuse on Spirituality for Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. She also provides supervision and consultation for Spiritual Directors.
To speak with Jami about spiritual direction or to make an appointment, please contact her at 520-638-5103.
For more information you can go to the Spiritual Directors International website at www.sdiworld.org
They also provide definitions of spiritual direction at http://www.sdiworld.org/what_is_spiritual_direction2.html