What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual accompaniment (or spiritual direction) is a way for you to nurture your spiritual life, deepen your relationship with God and care for your soul. It provides contemplative, prayerful and spiritually sensitive space, for you to discern the activity of the Spirit in your life, explore your experience of God and respond to divine invitations.
“Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul.” Thomas Merton, Trappist monk
It is beneficial to engage in an initial conversation before we seek to schedule a regular practice of meeting. This would be approximate an hour, giving you a chance to know a bit about me and my work and for you to tell me a bit about yourself and where you find yourself at this time.
Following this initial meeting, we can agree times when regular conversations can take place (this will usually be 1 hour a month). I can also give you details of related fees for the regular meetings. Usually, conversations will take place at my house (in Sherwood, Nottingham), but there are opportunities to explore online appointments (Skype, Facetime etc) as necessary.
A certain level of organisation and structure helps facilitate these sessions. Therefore, please do bear in mind these practicalities: It is expected that you will be on time to appointments. If you do find you are running late, in order to honour the following appointments, we will end approximately at the scheduled time. In the event where you do need to cancel an appointment, please give a day’s notice via text message or email. These details enable the practice of spiritual direction to be sustainable and nurturing for all participants.
“You seek answers
to what cannot be fully known.
I don’t know either, but I will help you search.
I offer no solutions, no final answers.
I am as weak and limited as you are.
But we are not alone.
Where there is charity and love, God is there. Together we form community. Together we continue the spiritual search.”
from Alice Fryling’s ‘Seeking God Together’