Stories of Companionship

Spiritual direction or companionship inspires people to experience authenticity in their lives as they connect with and explore the ground of all being, that deepest of truths which is beyond life and death and goes by many names, including God, and no name at all.

The spiritual companions of SDI share their stories on our blog. Receive nourishment, learn a new practice, and gain insight into the healing modality of spiritual companionship through one of the stories shared below.

 
Guest Author

Washing Hands as a Spiritual Practice

By Darlene Carlson Washing our hands has taken on new meaning because of the pandemic. What once was a quick, mindless cleansing has become an act of private and public safety. Yet, water has always had significant meaning for humankind. It is life-giving. It symbolizes power, grace, purity and transformation.

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Steven Crandell

Renaissance 2021 – A New Season of Growth for Spiritual Companionship

Listen: Can you hear it? There in your heart. A vibration. A resonance. A song. It heralds a fresh start – a greening, a blossoming, an awakening.  Be still: Can you feel it brush gently past your skin –  like the first warm breeze of spring after the privations of winter?  It’s the invigorating whisper of hope –

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Matt Whitney - SDI

A Personal Story of Discovering Spiritual Companionship

My name is Matt Whitney and I am the Creative Director of SDI. I want to share with you my personal story about how I came to discover spiritual companionship, and why I think it’s such a vital practice in our world. I am someone who considers themselves to be

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Guest Author

Religious or Not – One Question We Should All Ask Ourselves

Editor’s Note – This is election time in the United States. Uncertainty and anxiety run through the hearts of many Americans. These feelings are also commonplace around the world, where suffering abounds and fear reigns in the place of hope. The post below was written by London-based spiritual director Bruce

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Guest Author

On Hope, Art, Dismantling & Rebuilding

by Kayce Stevens Hughlett Editor’s note: Kayce is one of the co-presenters of a new SDI webinar series ,called Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Companionship – Awakening the Creative Spirit. She”ll be presenting with Betsey Beckman. It starts January 7, 2021. Learn more here. The following post captures her affirming

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Steven Crandell

The Power of Intention – A Practice

Progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans died after a sudden illness in 2019, at the age of 37, and the world lost a courageous and compelling voice for truth-telling and all-welcoming love. This spiritual practice is inspired by the power of her intention to find and apply the balm of

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Guest Author

For Everything There Is a Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break

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Guest Author

One Spiritual Director’s Transformation

My first vocation was as a physician. For eleven years I studied and trained to get myself through college, medical school and residency. I had taken the tests, put in the hours and hours and hours in the hospital, learned the protocols of how to be a physician and how

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Guest Author

Consoling Jesus

By Angela Reinhart It was the last Friday of August 2015 and the first day of our spiritual companionship training program. It was an introduction day to both the program and to one another. Our class had three or four individuals just prior to the enrollment cut-off date. The class

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