Spiritual Direction is a companioning experience on one’s journey toward God. It implies a helping relationship that requires listening to another pilgrim whom God has created and loves (Hart, 1980), and it involves sharing one’s awareness of God as well as God’s action in one’s life with another. An author and spiritual director who published numerous books as well as numerous booklets and articles, Alice Fryling (2009), defines spiritual direction as an interpersonal situation in which one person assists another to discover God ever-present in one’s life and to grow in the spirit of faith, hope, love, and prayer.  Spiritual direction supports persons through difficulties, sufferings, and trials as well as during times of joy.  Fryling (2009) believes spiritual direction is a way to assist people to discern and respond to the motions from God by using conversations to enable the directee to understand, objectify and articulate his or her own living of faith, hope and love (Fryling, 2009). It is important to find a director with whom you are comfortable as you seek God’s Spirit in the midst of a busy life. This director (companion) should be someone who can keep your word of life sacred, and offer spiritual companionship without judging your behavior – one who hears your truth with love. Spiritual companions break open the bread of their lives; serving with love and being themselves with all the humanness and struggle this implies (Hart, 1980). Through conversation and empathetic listening, both directee and director are able to discover the Spirit of God in their lives. “Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of helping another person or group to awaken to the mystery called God in all of life, and to respond to that discovery in a growing relationship of freedom and commitment” (Keegan, n.d., para. 3).

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