What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation about ways in which God may be touching our lives, directly or indirectly. It is the practice of being with a person as they attempt to deepen their relationship with God as well as their desire to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The director listens to the person seeking direction and asks questions to assist in the process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction is about developing a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human; it is not psychotherapy, counseling, or coaching. The spiritual director (companion, friend) sits as a witness to the ongoing conversation that God is having with the directee. I practice a contemplative approach to spiritual direction. The director listens, offers questions and responses as a guide and companion for the one seeking God and desiring awareness of God in his/her life. Spiritual direction is the practice of discernment-finding God in all things.

What typically happens in a direction session?

Normally, each session is 1 hour (60 minutes). The time usually begins with a time of quiet centering, followed by a time for you to share whatever seems important. Then there is interaction between you and the director as you seek together to discern God’s movement and invitations in your life. The session ends with a brief time of closure.
Some questions your director may ask to help you two connect:

  • Have you been involved in receiving spiritual direction before? Where and when?
  • Why are you seeking spiritual direction now and what are you hoping to receive?
  • Is there a particular need or issue you’d like to explore?
  • How do you experience prayer at the moment?
  • What practices feed your spiritual journey?
  • How do you access God’s movement and invitations in your life?