Lily Stein Oster
Languages: English, Spanish
Personalized Affiliation: Interfaith
Spiritual Spheres: Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Category: Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Life Coach, Chaplain
Focus Area: Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Health Care, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing
Profile: Lily Oster (she/her) offers spiritual direction grounded in connection to nature, contemplative practice, imagination and creativity, and the spirituality of healing and mind-body wellness. She is an ordained interfaith minister with an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Religious Studies from Emory University. Lily loves connecting with people on all kinds of spiritual journeys; she has deep experience with Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian life, with mystical and contemplative traditions, and with hybrid, non-traditional, nature-based, arts-based, and secular spiritual identities. * Lily has particular training in supporting those debilitated by chronic physical and mental suffering. Her own experience recovering from decades of chronic pain and illness has led her to study the science of nervous system resilience, guided imagery and visualization, and practices that support healing from trauma and chronic stress. Lily's spiritual companionship is also informed by the Jewish and Christian traditions of her mother's family, the self-acceptance / responsibility-taking / collective care commitments of her father's recovery community, the Buddhist teachings that have reshaped her consciousness toward non-harm, and the practices of earth relationship that have become the center of her religious life. * Lily brings to spiritual direction a fascination with the varieties of human seeking, a reverence for the mystery and beauty of life, a belief in the importance of ritual and sacred story, and a sense of humor and play. She serves as a companion to teens and adults who grieve or approach death, who are experiencing inner or outer life upheavals, who are discerning vocation and their place in the family of things, or who simply seek a more meaningful relationship to life, nature, spirit, or the sacred. Lily is committed to ongoing learning and growth in anti-racist, decolonial, and anti-oppressive ways of being, thinking, feeling, and acting. She currently works as a teacher, spiritual director, and chronic pain and illness coach in Asheville, NC / on Cherokee land.