"W+hat is Spiritual Direction?"
And Other Common Questions.
Q: "What is spiritual direction?"
A: The intention in spiritual direction is to nurture a more intimate relationship between you and the Spirit as well as a deeper knowing of yourself. Together, we gaze upon the inner garden of your heart; noticing the ways in which you're currently experiencing life. Within the richness of these stories, we look for seeds of Love; hints of the Spirit's tending toward you.
Spiritual direction is offered online via Zoom and sessions are usually once a month. All levels of faith and all denominations are welcome.
Q: "What does a session look like?"
A: Sessions look very much like a peaceful conversation, with a focus on you and the details of your beautifully ordinary, everyday life. I begin each session with Lectio Divina (3-5 verses read aloud) as inspiration for our time together. Sessions are filled with wonder, hope, joy, sorrow, truth, prayer, and quiet listening as the Sacred Gardener tends your heart.
Our sessions are a deeply personal, spiritual work and are kept private.
Q: "what does a spiritual director DO?"
A: As a spiritual director, my role is to listen attentively as you share the sacred stories of your heart. Throughout the session, I may be led by the Spirit to ask thoughtful questions, make observations, give encouragement, read a relevant piece of scripture, or offer time and space for you to pray.
Q: "How is spiritual direction different from counseling?"
A: While therapy/counseling is focused on your past life and your mental health, spiritual direction is focused on your present life and spiritual health- your current relationship with God. Spiritual direction falls under the umbrella of pastoral care as "spiritual formation."
Note: It is not the spiritual director's role to attempt to give advice, fix, teach, or judge any part of your life and is not meant to replace counseling or therapy.
Q: "Who is spiritual direction for?"
Spiritual direction is for anyone. People from all walks of life and all levels of faith seek spiritual direction. Some of the directees I meet with are newly married, some are mothers, others are yoga teachers, missionaries, pastors, and spiritual directors, themselves. Anyone that would like to deepen their faith can benefit from from having a spiritual director, but it can be most helpful during seasons of transition.
A transition season can look like many things. Perhaps your current spiritual practices have shifted and "no longer work." Perhaps you need to make a life decision like changing jobs. Or maybe, you're coming to terms with a medical diagnosis or the loss of a loved one. These large shifts tend to challenge what we understand about ourselves and even what we understand about God. Having a spiritual director to "go with you" into this kind of season can be extremely helpful and life-giving.
I offer spiritual direction to all who are interested, no matter their level of faith or denomonation. Book your FREE Q&A to get started.
Q. "What is Yin Yoga?"
A: Yin yoga is a slow-paced, floor practice that incorporates longer holds (2-3 minutes) and deep breaths for a stretch that gets into the connective tissues. During these extended periods of stillness, the yogi experiences a sensory awakening that melts away residual tension and stress. Long Yin yoga holds are also known to release repressed or stored emotions, leaving the yogi feeling lighter, clearer and completely relaxed.
Yin yoga is available as part of "The Retreat", Numa's signature service that combines spiritual direction and yoga for a holistic approach to spiritual wellness. Book here.
Yin yoga is also available as part of "The Kula", (Sanskrit meaning: community of the heart, tribe or chosen family) is a seasonal sisterhood of Christian yogis journeying together in group spiritual direction, yoga and in life. Book here.
Q. "What is Restorative Yoga?"
A: Restorative yoga is a gentle, slow, still style of yoga that involves long, passive 5-7 minute holds. The focus is not on flexibility or strength, but on relaxing the body and nervous systems. Yogis are encouraged to use props to fully support the body which aid in reaching a state of tranquility and release. Restorative yoga is fondly nicknamed "yoga nap time" due to the high levels of relaxation that can be found through this practice.
Restorative yoga is available as part of "The Savasana", a 30 minute yoga practice that's perfect for the tired and weary soul. Book here.
Q: "Can Christians practice yoga?"
A: I'm really glad you're thinking about this. Christian yoga really is a thing and IS ok, but I know you're looking for more than just a head nod. I've thought hard, prayed about it, and wrote an article about what I learned. You can read it here. If you still have questions, I'm open to a friendly conversation.
Q: "What do I need to get started?
A: All you need is a device with a webcam (your phone or computer already has this), access to a FREE Zoom account and WiFi.
For props, I recommend: a yoga mat, a folded blanket, a couple of bed pillows or a bolster, rolled towels or yoga blocks and a journal. An eye pillow and a candle are also really nice extras- IF you have them already.
What you DON'T need is the "perfect body", expensive yoga pants and tons of flexibility. True yoga happens on the INSIDE. What that looks like on the outside will be different from person to person and that's OK. Want to try it? A FREE recorded yoga class awaits you here.
Q: "What if I have more questions?"
A: Friend, let's chat! The next step is a FREE 30 minute Q&A! I'd love to meet you and answer any questions you have. If money's tight, I offer a scholarship. If you need a different appointment time, we can work that out, too. Let's book your FREE Q&A and sort out the details together.