As is so often the case, my session with Jerry allowed thoughts and ideas lying just below my consciousness to surface, like trout waiting for the right moment, waiting to surface for sustenance. Frequently I’ve described time with my spiritual director Jerry each month as “oral journaling” in which I’m
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.
Breathing is in vogue. The power of breath is the marketing anchor for pandemic-era businesses. Weight-loss plans, organic clothing lines, and meditation apps arrive in my social media feed. Images of willowy, culturally ambiguous young women breathe in serene meditative poses. In an Ohio, pandemic winter, I am especially vulnerable to the beach scenes
When I was a freshman at university, I felt deep-down that learning itself was a calling. But my ego refused to accept this and pushed me to use learning as a lever to achieve other objectives that were easier to equate with recognition and money. It has taken me this
Editor’s Note – SDI is offering a free Town Hall February 26th called “Caring for the Caregivers – Spiritual Companionship for Health and Hospice Care Workers.” You can register here. In this SDI Story, we are blessed to offer the reflections of a health care worker in Australia who provides
By Matt Whitney, SDI Creative Director & SDI Encounters Podcast Host Thank you to everybody who has supported the SDI Encounters Podcast, by listening, sharing with a friend, writing a review, or by being a guest. At SDI, we see the podcast as a vital part of our outreach to
Editor’s note: This is a gift from a spiritual companion new to the SDI Community, Eileen Dunn. We are grateful for her generosity and heart. Sociologists estimate that each COVID-19 death will touch 9 close relatives. (At the time of this writing, that is more than 2.7 million people in
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.
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 –
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
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
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
Some Call Her Mary. (Peace be upon her.) Muslims Know Her as Maryam. (Peace be upon her.) I am Sufi. She is the Window Through Which I Look at Life.
Some call her Mary. Peace be upon her. Muslims know her as Maryam. Peace be upon her. Muslims revere her. The Quran calls Maryam – peace be upon her – the most righteous among all women. She is believed to be pure, in every sense of the word and that