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I do. But just in case you think that I have absolute answers to questions like these, I don't. The heartfelt questions are what matter to me, and the being engaged with life and love in the midst of the wondering.
It is the act of wondering, if I give it enough room, and if I listen, that turns into wonderment. To delight. To connection with Self. With that which is me but is more than me.
So, I keep wondering.
I wonder how each of us understand those things that matter in this journey that is our life. I'm curious about that.
Coupled with that is a curiosity over what makes me who I am and you someone different from me, with different ideas and beliefs and ways of being.
I believe that one way to understand this adventure is by telling our stories. Not made-up stories, but stories that are based in the nitty-gritty of our lives, on our memories, in our dreams. And listening as we do so. Listening to each other. Listening to ourselves. We may even listen ourselves into our own truth
Someone to Listen
sometimes it takes a witness, a companion, a friend, to listen along
with us in order to listen more deeply, to reflect back the words.
Imagination Can Be a Doorway
I oftentimes use
creative arts activities
with my spiritual direction clients.
This is because it is my experience that the wisdom which comes from
within, this numinous quality of the Sacred, which cannot be caged or
photographed or put between the pages of a book, is often too elusive
to grasp with the logical mind. With ordinary words. But a poem
or a story, perhaps even a parable or a fable or a fairytale,
can sometimes illuminate these truths in ways that allow us to feel
them and hold them and make them our own.
If you'd like to know more, call me. We'll talk.
The Practice of Contemplative Listening
The kind of listening that I practice is comtemplative listening. And I am using the word "practice" with intention! It is my natural inclination to say what I know, ask what I think and do my best to fix situations. I usuallly make sure that I get my two-cents worth said! But, that isn't how it works in spiritual direction. You do most of the talking. I do most of the listening. And there is room for the mystical presence of Spirit.
I'm not here to "fix you". First of all, you aren't broken. If you did have a physical or mental condition that would benefit from the services of a health professional, then I would refer you. In most cases I could continue to do spiritual direction work with you if you chose to do so. Who knows better what it is that you need, what you know, who you are, what fits you, what you believe, what troubles you, than you?
Yes, you may not
have the words all together on the surface, but your truth lies within
you. I can't impose my way of being or thinking or feeling or believing
on to you. But I can help you hear yourself. I can help you dig deeper,
if and when you choose to do so. I can celebrate you and encourage you
to embrace all that you already are.
There is room for silence in this type of listening.
There is time and space for reflection.
There is opportunity for meditation.
There is time for slowing down and being centered in the now.
There is room for Mystery. For
being OK with not having all of the answers. For breathing in to the
questions. And listening. Always listening.
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