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TAOS NEWS: Perhaps Spiritual Direction? published Thursday, April 27, 2017

I have benefited often from therapy over the years, but this was different. People go to therapy weekly, while spiritual direction usually happens monthly. The spiritual director gives no advice; asks no confrontational questions; formulates no diagnosis; and is comfortable waiting in silence. The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to be listened to, deeply listened to. God (or however you define the divine) is the real director, and the person listening acts as the soul’s friend, perhaps lifting up a meaningful phrase said more than once or asking for more clarity.

It’s not a mutual conversation.The spiritual director’s job…