Spiritual direction is an ancient practice offering companionship on the journey of faith and a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human
The Practice of Spiritual Direction
“It is because one antelope will blow the dust from the other’s eye that the two antelopes walk together.” — African Proverb
One of the greatest and rarest gifts we receive in life is to be listened to. To be able to share from your heart and soul and to be fully, deeply and openly heard heals us at all levels — mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This is the essence of spiritual direction.
As our contemplative practices deepen, we begin to be more aware of the higher power at work in our lives. Yoga’s wisdom assumes a God, but in classic yoga fashion never puts God in the box of a specific faith. The spiritual tools offered by a yoga practice work as beautifully with any faith as they do with the simple desire to be the best person you can be.
Why spiritual direction?
- Desire to become the YOU you were created to be
- Want to integrate your spirituality practices into your everyday life
- Navigating a significant decision
- Walking through a particularly challenging stage of life
- In transition
- Yearning to find your calling
- Have a vague sense that you are seeking “more” in life
- Want to explore and interpret your experiences of God
- Share joys, fears, worries, desires, and struggles in a safe environment
- Find spiritual healing for past hurts and wounds
- Become spiritually un-stuck
What exactly is spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice that is made even more fruitful by the introspective skills learned in a yoga practice — mindfulness, comfort with silence, an ability to turn inward and a deep restfulness and peace with the way things are right now.
Traditionally, spiritual direction sessions take place once a month, meeting for an hour as the director listens to whatever the directee chooses to share that day and assists in noticing the movements of God. For the first two or three sessions, Amy meets with directees every two weeks in order to more quickly create a level of comfort between the director and directee.
It is important to remember that within the spiritual direction relationship, Amy does not play the role of teacher or therapist. She is not there to solve your problems or to answer all of your questions. Rather, she is there to listen and to help you notice God’s fingerprints on your life. Time in spiritual direction helps you develop awareness of invitations in your life and in your relationships.
Amy offers individual spiritual direction as well as group spiritual direction to people of all faiths and those who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.”
Spiritual direction groups also meet once a month. The group consists of four people and Amy, the spiritual director. They meet for one and a half to two hours experiencing a rhythm of silence, sharing and reflection.
Yoga With Spirit spiritual direction welcomes seekers from all faiths.
Spiritual Direction in the News
“Spiritual companions, also known as spiritual directors, are guides whose purpose is to listen deeply to clients and help them explore their spirituality.”
To learn more about spiritual direction, read this New York Times article Can Spiritual Directors Help?
Amy completed a 2-year training program in spiritual direction through Oasis Ministries in 2008. She is in the 2023 cohort at the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School.
Amy offers spiritual direction either at St. David’s Center for Spiritual Growth (SDCSG), in her yoga studio, or via Zoom.
Thanks to the support of SDCSG, Amy is blessed to be able to offer a flexible, sliding scale for these sessions.
Invaluable wisdom and support...
“Amy’s spiritual direction has been invaluable to my personal growth. Her wisdom, calm and support have made a huge impact. I am calmer, more content, I laugh more and regain my balance more easily. Thank you Amy from the bottom of my heart for helping me restore love and balance to my life."
“Amy consistently challenges me to make connections and think in ways that expand my understanding of events in my life. I leave our sessions with new understandings and an outlook different from when I walked in. Her perspective has become one I look forward to learning from each time we meet.”
A blessing in my life...
“What I learned from Amy is that you don’t ‘do’ anything to discern. You are to be still, to not ‘force’ it, to just be open to possibilities. Would I recommend Amy for spiritual direction? In a heartbeat! Anyone would be so blessed to have her in their lives, as she has been in mine.”
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