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.
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.
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.
He was crying – head down, shoulders moving with his sobs – and without knowing what was causing his deep pain – my heart broke. I began to pray for guidance. How to support him?
Blessings are a form of alchemy; the energetic structure of the words will change the structure of you as a person.
“Do you hear what I am saying?” This question is one for us all to discern on and see how it resonates.
The desert invites us to go into the vulnerable places inside to face and to let go of what we find, to leave the God we know and meet a God we don’t know and can’t possibly imagine.
Your practice will really build after people who have come to you for direction start sending their friends. Word of mouth will always be your number one marketing tool.