You may have heard of spiritual direction before and wondered what it is. Is it mentoring? Counseling? Some strange way of submitting yourself to an authority who tells you what to do in your spiritual life?

It’s actually none of those things.

Spiritual direction creates space for you to attend to your relationship with God. That’s it. It’s a dedicated space — usually offered once a month — to reflect on how God has been present to you in your life, or perhaps to consider how God has not been present in the ways you had hoped. It creates a place to notice and talk to God about these things in the presence of someone who can help you notice them and then listen and respond to God.

I’ve been meeting with my spiritual director, Elaine, just shy of five years now, and every month, our hour-long sessions are like breathing fresh, pure air. I have so many memories of leaving her home with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step, deeply encouraged at having encountered God in some new way during our time together. And when life has been especially difficult, I’ve sometimes arrived on her doorstep breathing what felt like my last breath spiritually, needing so much the gift of shared time and space with this person who has come to know me and the terrain of my journey and my relationship with God, who then sits with me in it with wisdom, patience, full acceptance, and love.

Even though I have a faithful prayer life and my faith is an integrated and vibrant part of my daily life, I still meet with my director once a month — and plan to meet with a director each month for the rest of my life! I have found it to be such an invaluable part of my life and connection with God that I cannot imagine going without it

I’d encourage you to consider spiritual direction as a regular part of your life, too. If you are looking for a safe space to talk openly and honestly about your relationship with God but don’t know where to start, you can start with us. Click here to complete our spiritual direction intake form.

Are you familiar with spiritual direction? Have you ever met with a spiritual director? Do you have any questions about spiritual direction that you’d like to ask here?

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Christianne Squires, M.A., is a writer and spiritual director who lives in Winter Park, FL, with her husband and their two cats. Called to work at the intersection of spiritual formation and digital connectivity, she maintains Still Forming, a website offering contemplative reflection and online spiritual direction to seekers around the world. In 2013, she was named a New Contemplative by Spiritual Directors International.

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