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Spiritual Direction Stories and Reflections - End Of Year Sacred Retreat

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End of Year Sacred Retreat

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Spiritual Direction| end of year sacred retreat

Spiritual Direction| end of year sacred retreat

We all have a spiritual life whether we recognize it or not. This year, consider deepening your spiritual practice with some simple steps.

The first step is simply to get quiet. Find a comfortable place to sit or recline where you can be uninterrupted for at least 10 minutes. If possible, use a timer, so you don’t have to worry about the time. Begin by focusing on your breath.

Notice the natural rhythm and flow of your inhalations and exhalations. As you breathe in, silently say “I am” and as you breathe out, say “here”. Do this for a few minutes until you feel settled and grounded.

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In today’s world, our busy lives have a way of keeping us blind to what is going on around us. As we engage in the events of our every day, distractions are abundant. These little behaviours impact how we process life and lead us to miss engagement with what doesn’t feel like it “matters”.

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Who Is Blessed When You Have a Spiritual Director?

What Is a Spiritual Director? It’s a personal relationship and one-on-one-based learning.

A spiritual director will be a Person than your husband, wife, parent, aunt or uncle. Only you can trust them with your life and theirs.

Roles in Spiritual Direction

Once you’ve tried the simple meditation practice, it might be time to explore more detailed meditation methods.

There are many spiritually enhancing experiences to explore and live out your spiritual journey.

Purgatory and Purgation

Inhaling is an exercise in emptying. Exhaling is an exercise in refilling and nurturing. Today is a big day for me. I am about to make a big decision. I will indulge in the food of comfort. Comfort, in this case, can mean pastries (no diet starts for me), hearty pasta meals, facial masks, scented candles, and lip balm.

I indulged and now I need to purge my pockets. The only weapon I need is a purgative prayer that we are rolling for the field. It seems like purging helps me to cleanse. Not every night, but when I think about it - I am surrounded by cheese. There are misshapen yellow globules. I knew this before entering the lair.

Familiar Places for Personal Prayer and Spiritual Awakening

Many of us have some spiritual guidance during our daily life. Includes terrible decisions that may have taken place rather than getting blessed and guided.

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The answer may be commonplace. Take a look around and see what your home is. Tandheisted.com visits these places daily and records them on its site.

Some other places you may find these you know to be in your life include:

  • A Movie Theater.
  • A Park by a Waterfall.
  • Library while engaged in a book or science project.
  • A Restroom.
  • Escaping to outdoor tree limb swing.

Use insight from this list to guide your practice of spirituality. Begin your practice in a place that feels comfortable and soothing.

You can also just mention that place in prayers.

As constantly as you can, hold your thoughts and stir up in prayer.

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St. John of the Cross. In 1578, he wrote to a friend asking him to prepare a small retreat to be attended by only one other Person.

Instead, he wrote, “... Let us rank our prize affairs”, and later added, “Salt belongs to God”.

And I share, as he would, with you: “Okay, charming retreat: Your time has come, and now it is past. Sit still and step lightly. Salt belongs to God.

During this weeklong retreat, we will explore various topics, including:

  • The power of story and self-expression.
  • The importance of ritual and ceremony.
  • Connecting with our spiritual guides and allies.
  • Exploring our mythology.

This retreat will be by Rev. Dr Deborah Johnson, who has over 35 years of experience in the spiritual direction sacred heart.

Simple silence is the first step. Locate a cozy seat or recliner where you can relax undisturbed for at least ten minutes. Use a timer if you can to eliminate your need to keep track of the passing of time. Start by concentrating on your breathing. Take note of your breathing patterns' organic rhythm and flow.

Say "I am" and "here" out loud as you breathe in and out, respectively. Once you feel at ease and grounded, continue doing this for a few minutes meditation retreat.

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