A few people have been asking me what spiritual direction is… It’s a hard thing to answer quickly… It is many different things and is different for each person. I found a good description by Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International that I’d like to share!
“Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names. “(Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International)
What stories do you have to tell, perhaps that you haven’t yet acknowledged to yourself?
I do love a good story! 🙂