Category Archives: Spiritual direction

Listening in order to listen

Think about the last time you listened to someone. I mean really, truly listened–not to respond, not to advise, not to fix. Only to listen. Learning to listen During the first two months of my spiritual guidance training, I’ve learned … Continue reading

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Seeing imposter syndrome as an invitation

“Imposter syndrome” is a familiar phrase to academics. It’s feeling like you’ll be found out as a fake, you don’t belong, you’re not good enough, you’re not as knowledgeable as people think you are, and you don’t deserve success. If … Continue reading

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A new year, a new start: The start of spiritual director training

The end of the year and the advent season is often filled with much anticipation. I anticipate big and good changes in 2019, although I’m not exactly sure how they’ll manifest. But it’s starting with one big, exciting change: I’m … Continue reading

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Finding a spiritual home

I’ve been thinking about the idea of home lately. It started when I was on silent retreat last month. During retreat, I read Toko-pa Turner‘s Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home. In it, she discusses what “home” means and ways to be … Continue reading

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The spiritual life starts with questioning

My spiritual mentor, Sr. Arlene, shared those words with me over 10 years ago. At the time, I understood it to mean “faith starts with your questions”: Who or what is God? What Church doctrine do I accept and reject? … Continue reading

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