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
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.
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
Questions are often the signposts of spiritual travel. Respond to the questions below to create your own contemplative itinerary. Bon voyage. 1) Make space for stillness – in whatever way works best for you in your life – and discern over the message: “The way is not to God, but
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
My friend Anna and I have had a writing practice for over twenty years. First we meet on the phone and share with one another what we plan to write about. Then, hot tea on the table for each of us—it’s a tradition—we begin. After an hour or so, we
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
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
By Meisaan Chan It came as a surprise when I started hearing Lake Michigan pray the Hail Mary, as I had left Christianity a long time ago. I live in Chicago, across the street from Lake Michigan, who I have come to regard as a dear friend. I have a
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