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 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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Seattle’s CHOP – When Protest Becomes Community

Beyond the physical, CHOP is a rite of mourning. It is not a sad funeral. Rather, it is a boisterous and rowdy wake – a testimony to the will of those still alive, demanding to be seen and heard. It is the concretization of the ideals of Hope and Equity – a modelling of an alternate reality to the capitalist world.

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I am a spiritual midwife. We co-create rituals that help you deepen and honor the turning moments in your life. We explore together where you are turning towards that which opens you to something new, or away from something that you no longer need. Whether it be a child, animal, house, body, moment, or whether it be a separation, a death, a transformation. We honor, celebrate, grieve, deepen.
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“I Am a Spiritual Midwife”

I am a spiritual midwife: I listen to your words and your body. I ask God to bring me images, sounds, smells and memories of what you are experiencing beyond your spoken words.

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Steven Crandell

Practice Challenge – A Place to Begin – in the time of COVID-19

Endings are always beginnings. Think of your life story as a circle instead of a straight line and you will see why. This practice, inspired by a poem by Christine Valters Paintner (read it all below), intends to open our awareness to the healing connection between what has been – and who has been – and what is.

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Praise Song for the Pandemic

When this has passed may we say that love spread more quickly than any virus ever could, may we say this was not just an ending but also a place to begin.

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