Saturday, May 5, 2012

Open Hearts Spiritual Direction

photo by Meagan Nicole Photography

One of the things I love about facebook is that I have found soul friends there who brighten my days with their writing and conversation, challenge my thinking and doing and being, pray and send love when I am in need, and help me find my way when I feel lost. Some of them I have met in person; most I have not.

It is a remarkable world here in cyberspace. It is a giant, enormous world, with so much love, and so much pain. Behind these screens are living, breathing men and women, boys and girls. My prayer for all is that in-person hugs and love and friendship abound. My hope is that as we encourage and teach and share with one another via this medium, we will all grow and change, and people will draw closer to each other spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We need each other. And the good news is, we have each other!

I confess that I have become a fan of those images with inspirational sayings on them that some wonderful people send through my newsfeed. A couple weeks ago I was experiencing "inspiration overload" and felt rather annoyed by them. Then I realized it was because I was taking some too seriously, and others not seriously enough. When I opened my heart to receive, I found that my heart led me to take some lightly (perhaps I didn't agree with them, or wasn't ready for them, or felt too "triggered" by them, and that's okay) and to take others deeply, thoroughly, into my being. There is so much available to us for our personal and spiritual development, and we get to choose!

So, in the spirit of spreading the love, I have created a page, Open Hearts Spiritual Direction, where I will share glimpses of my journey and invite you to share some of yours as well. I will also be posting some of those inspirational images, as I have just discovered photobucket and am finding great pleasure in discovering and co-creating meaningful works of art. :) My goal is to post a blessing each morning and each evening, reminiscent of the morning and evening vespers in monasteries and other sacred gathering places. We will have to imagine the sound of the bells.

I hope that you will consider joining me.

With love,


Listen to your dreams (waking and sleeping),
Follow your heart (it's quietly leading),
Live out your passions (answer the call),
Discover your joy (feeling it all),
Open to love (let it flow in your heart),
Now is the moment (create a new start).

"The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth." ~ Thomas Merton 

Open Hearts Spiritual Direction Walking with you while you find your way.

To learn more about spiritual direction or to find a spiritual director in your area visit Spiritual Directors International.

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