Praying Through Advent: Lectio Divina

For many Christians, praying daily with scripture is an important devotional practice. There are a number of ways to do this. One of the easiest and most portable is to use the Irish Jesuit’s Sacred Space 2015 prayer book or website (www.sacredspace.ie). They include a short snippet of scripture from the daily lectionary—scriptures chosen to [Read More...]

Praying Through Advent: “Here I Am” prayer

If you find it hard to relax into prayer during Advent, try this contemplative exercise. It’s adapted from Anthony Bloom’s classic book Beginning to Pray. Bloom, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop who died in 2003, wrote this short book in 1970 and it continues to be an inspiration to people of prayer today. [Read more...]

Praying Through Advent: Imagination Prayer

Spiritual Direction 101 seeks to offer spiritual directors–and all others interested in spirituality–tools for deepening in relationship with God. Through Advent, SD101 will offer one prayer practice a day. Most of these practices come from my book 50 Ways to Pray by Abingdon Press. Advent is the perfect time for reflection on the past and the present [Read More...]

Good Books Related to Spiritual Direction

If so inclined, you could spend years of your life reading books written about spirituality, discernment, prayer, religious and spiritual traditions and spiritual direction. Here’s a suggested reading list which contains a list of books and authors we recommend at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. You could consider these books a starting point for [Read More...]

Marketing Your Spiritual Direction Practice

photo by Teresa Blythe

Marketing spiritual direction can be a touchy subject. There are some spiritual directors who abhor the idea of advertising their availability. In fact, A Code of Ethics for Spiritual Directors (Dove Publications), states: “Traditionally, spiritual directors have not publicized or advertised their services, or promoted themselves in other ways (p15).” That was published in 1992, [Read More...]

Setting your Fee for Spiritual Direction

  Spiritual directors need to make a living like everyone else. So, like all freelancers, we have to figure out what we are going to charge for our service. There is no standard fee or even agreed-upon scale for spiritual directors. There are lots of ways spiritual directors approach this. Ask around in your region [Read More...]

Finding the Right Space for Spiritual Direction

Spiritual directors must pay special attention to the space they use for direction.  It needs to be quiet, comfortable, private and uncluttered. The space needs to mirror the contemplative work that will be done in it. The best spaces are artistically beautiful yet not overtly “religious.” You may be wondering, “What’s wrong with putting my [Read More...]

Setting up a Spiritual Direction Practice

Once you have received training in the art of spiritual direction and want to get started as a spiritual director, you then have a lot of smaller decisions to make. Chief among them is what kind of spiritual director am I called to be? There are a lot of ways to be a spiritual director. [Read More...]

Transference in Spiritual Direction

  The psychological term transference is a concept that spiritual directors need to know and understand in order to not be derailed by it. It’s the natural, to-be-expected process by which a person seeking help in a direction relationship (or any helping relationship) transfers his or her own feelings, thoughts, impulses and fantasies about a [Read More...]

Boundaries in Spiritual Direction

Spiritual directors must be clear about limits. Boundaries are important for everyone, but for those of us in the helping professions, they are crucial. It is most important that the spiritual director know within himself or herself where those boundaries are set. A boundary is an external limit placed on a person, object, space or [Read More...]


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