Companions on the journey to wholeness

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Companions on the journey to wholeness

Like seasons of the year, we each experience seasons in our spiritual life. Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of the dry, barren wilderness of our soul and spirit. With repetition, colorful leaves turn brown and fall to the earth as we let go of that which no longer holds life. We move from barren, cold emptiness to the richness of new bloom. Out of the depths, we rise toward what fills us, creating the abundance of new growth.

 

As Spiritual Directors, we are here to walk with you through the seasons of your life. One of our favorite definitions of a Spiritual Director (aka Spiritual Companion) is from the book Companions in Christ. Author and Spiritual Director Marjorie Thompson, describes a Spiritual Director as one who “Listens the other into clarity.” That is what we offer you here at Holy Listening. We are here to “listen you into clarity.” 

The spiritual direction relationship is at the outset, a time to get to know each other. Each spiritual director and directee will use early sessions to discern with God whether you are a good fit for one another. If so, you will make a more formal commitment and agree to travel the spiritual direction path together.  

We want you to feel at ease and comfortable with the best spiritual director for you. True companionship works best when one is comfortable with the other. We will be happy to refer you to another member of our spiritual direction team if it turns out that you might fit better with another spiritual director.  

 

Just Two Steps 

By David Burnet

This is about two simple steps to take, just two, when conditions are difficult and confusing as is happening to too many of us now.  

Not only confusing but too often painful with troubles that just grow and grow.  Hard to understand, and even harder to know what to do.  It can happen to you, to a friend or neighbor; it can happen to your family; even to large groups, such difficulties can happen.

 

And too few of us know what to do at such times, and too many of us who know do not remember.

 

The good news is that what to do is simple, easy to remember, and fairly easy to do.  After doing this a few times it often becomes easier.  (It's going to be easier to remember because:

-1. It's simple and clearly presented here for you.

-2. You have a context to trigger your memory.

-3. You will have simple tests to verify that this is the situation you are in, so you know exactly what to do and how to do it.

-4. It all comes down to remembering The One Thing to Do, which has two parts.  Just two.  Like dancing, first, step in one direction, and then because you are dancing, step in the other direction.  Two parts of the one and same thing.  Simple and easy - once you know how.

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