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.

 
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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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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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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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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Peeling Carrots – A Spiritual Practice

PRACTICE CHALLENGE Inspired by Anne Hillman and her book “The Dancing Animal Woman.” 1) Find a lovely large carrot. Top and tail it. Then peel it. Save peelings for compost. No compost? Toss them under a bush. The snails and slugs will take it from there. 2) Admire the freshly

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Steven Crandell

The Wall

Truth is the ultimate spiritual companion. And honesty can transform foes into partners. This is a story that has been told as fiction, but its roots are in truth.… Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don’t matter if there are colors like a picture postcard

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Handouts for “Wisdom in Hardship” with Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Wisdom in Hardship – Online Webinar Series for SDI Led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg July-August, 2020 Still time to register – click here Key Definitions Mussar (literally, “correction” or “instruction”) Mussar is a traditional Jewish path of spiritual development that leads to awareness, wisdom, and transformation. . . . The methods

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Steven Crandell

Your Best Day Every Day – The Potential of Mindfulness*

Imagine waking up to the best day of your life — every day. No exception. That’s the promise of ‪‎mindfulness‬. Don’t believe me? Did you know that the former Surgeon General of the United States meditates daily and considers mindfulness practice one of his four rules for health? I’m focusing

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