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
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.
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
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
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
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
One of the most liberating things about being a spiritual director is not having an agenda and just trusting the process
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.