What Is Spiritual Direction

A Spiritual Director is a trained guide who listens to another share about life. The guide provides a sacred space that is open and compassionate and a presence that is loving and accepting. The guide is trained to listen to the words of the sharer, the whisper of the Spirit, and his/her own inner movement discerning where to question, notice, name, encourage and celebrate. A Spiritual Director is a companion who means to help others discover the wisdom, the love, the Holy that has its home within each one of us. Then it is possible to know the joy, freedom and transformation our lives have to offer. A spiritual guide may introduce practices that will support the growing relationship between our humanity and our spirituality. These may include contemplative prayer, meditative readings of religious scriptures, poetry, writing, photography and other active forms like contemplative walking or running.


Who Can Benefit From A Spiritual Director?

Anyone! On our own it can be difficult to find the clarity we desire to move forward. A spiritual companion allows you to embrace whatever your life is offering. Any question or circumstance can offer you the path to explore the meaning or direction of your life’s experiences and the reality of our world. Here are examples of why you might seek out a spiritual companion:

  • "This isn't where I thought I would be in my life"

  • "I know there "should be more"

  • "I want to do something with my life. How can I discover what this is?

  • Questions about church, faith, prayer, or God

  • A need for discernment in making a decision

  • Issues of our times that are challenging your current framework

  • A transition, loss or circumstance that has thrown you off balance

  • A desire to explore contemplative practices or connection to the Divine


What Will Your Session Look Like?

Most often a meeting with a Spiritual Director lasts for approximatley 60 minutes. The frequency can vary greatly with one meeting per month being average. The space is private and the conversation is confidential. Spiritual guidance is a practice that can be a one-time conversation, can take place over a season of life or become a regular, lifelong meeting together.



Start your journey:

If you would like to meet for a session or have questions, click the button below and contact me. I have meeting space for spiritual guidance in both Grand Rapids and Holland. The times for each vary and will be set up upon contact. With heart forward…