Spiritual direction is the practice of working with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the Divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the person in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction helps to develops a deeper awareness with the spiritual aspect of being human. After facing the loss of a loved one, people are often faced with a “crisis of faith”. They are faced with the dilemma of questioning what you believe and how you see your relationship with the Divine. Question such as questions such as:
How could God let this happen?
Where is my child?
Why weren’t my prayers answered?
Where am I in my spiritual journey now?
Will I always be angry with God?
When faced with trauma, sometimes you just need to talk to someone who is also on a spiritual path who can listen with compassion to your story. They will reflect back to you what they see and hear from you without judgement so that you can explore your own spirituality and discover where you are on your spiritual path.
Most are also spiritual directors are are completely neutral with no religious bias, but you can find those that share your religious values. The best resource for understanding the practice of spiritual direction is Spiritual Directors International (SDI) which is an inclusive, global learning community that serves and supports the ministry and service of spiritual direction. As a multi-faith organization, they share common concerns, passion, and commitment to the service of spiritual companionship. More information can be found on their website at www.sdiworld.org.