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I have been a spiritual director since 2006 and have offered spiritual direction, both individually and in a group.
Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey. Spiritual direction emphasizes growing closer to God.
Spiritual direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an on-going relationship in which one person (the directee), desirous of being attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with another person (the director) on a regular basis (approximately once a month), specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God’s Presence in order to respond more fully to that Presence in all of life.
Spiritual direction has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries.
The latest issue Presence, the journal for spiritual directors published by Spiritual Directors International, has an article about a new venue for this practice.
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“E-spiritual Direction: Providing Access for people in Outlying and rural Areas” was written by Joann Nesser who shares her initial reactions to listening this way, ideas on how it can work, unexpected benefits and the challenges she found. She also mentioned some spiritual directors are offering their service using Sype.
Since I live in a rural area and am comfortable with technology, the article fascinated me.
The process Nesser found useful was a monthly email from the directee in which she responded by email. This led to the main benefit: the directees were writing once a month – reflecting and finding the words to describe – where God was meeting them that month.
What a blessed opportunity.
“As people’s schedules get busier and busier, I think that e-spiritual direction will become a common way to meet the growing need for spiritual direction.”
My first reaction was hesitation about offering something as intimate as spiritual direction without the person to person contact but after reading this article, I am thinking this just may have great potential.
What do you think? Would you be open to online spiritual direction?