Journaling, self-reflection & preparing for spiritual direction

Spending time in self reflection can play a significant role in your spiritual journey. It can also be helpful before meeting for spiritual direction. A regular practice of journaling can provide a space for you to record your spiritual journey — recording your prayers, requests, interior movements and insights

Self-reflection can also help when deciding what to bring to a time of spiritual direction. This requires time and attention — so aim to set aside an extended period of time to this exercise where you look back over the recent weeks of your life.

Begin with a few minutes of silence, giving attention you your posture and breathing, allowing yourself to come to a place of stillness so you are spiritually alert and receptive. Allow some time to write down in a journal significant things which come to mind.

The suggestions below may help you in this process and work as springboards to your self-reflection:

  • As I review recent experiences and learning in my life, I notice…
  • Recently, my heart has been orientated towards… and my thinking has been concerned with…
  • Consider if there is an image, piece of music, a word or a phrase, that would describe how life has been like lately.
  • I am currently tending to my spiritual life and curating my heart in the following ways…
  • Currently, my spiritual life could be described as…
  • I sense divine invitations in these areas of my life…
  • A particular issue I’d like to take through a process of discernment is…
  • I have sensed the God’s presence (or absence) recently through these experiences, events and relationships…