Do you consider yourself to be on a spiritual journey? Do you have companions, friends, and guides on this journey? Maybe Soul Care is for you.
Defining Soul Care
Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Friendship. Spiritual Guidance.
There are many names given to relationships that are intentionally focused on companionship in the spiritual journey. We need people in our life who help us pay attention to what really matters. We need those who have gone before us to help give us guidance and direction, and we need those who will walk with us as we ask the hard questions.
At our best, our faith communities provide these and so much more. At our worst, our faith communities are the ones most threatened by those questions and we find ourselves alone and wondering “Am I the only one who feels this way?”
Maybe you are a part of a faith community, and are simply seeking to develop an intentional relationship to help along the way… or maybe ‘spiritually wandering’ better describes your experience. Wherever you are, you are not alone.
My approach would best be described as Contemplative Christian. I was trained by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in an approach that assumes God is always Present, Active, and Good… Always. If you are interested in learning how Shalem describes the spiritual direction process, they have produced this 2 page pamphlet.
My approach is to come alongside others as we seek to find hints of the Divine in daily life. All are welcomed to come – I make no assumptions about your background, beliefs, and experiences. Together we seek rhythms and routines that allow you to experience that Divine Presence in daily life. We slow down. We pray. We pay attention to one another, and to God.
“Contemplative awareness is not meant to be just a private affair. It’s meant to create communities of discerning and responsive openness to the living Spirit.” ~Tilden Edwards
A Word About Fees
Relationships like this can take many forms, and often are found within faith communities. Sometimes they are “free” and do not require a direct payment, other times the payment is covered through contributions or tithes to a larger organization.
The Soul Care I seek to provide is not associated with or governed by any specific denomination or faith group. This allows me to invite any and all who are interested, regardless of your background or affiliations.
It also means that I do charge a fee to support my ability to continue to provide this service. As with my clinical services, I have a standard rate, but I am able to adjust when necessary according to your ability to pay.