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What is Spiritual Direction? 

Spiritual Direction seeks to weave together the threads of what is stirring in the soul and the threads of our every day lives. A Spiritual Director's main focus is to offer companionship of the soul, a listening ear and a place to discern what is moving in the spiritual life of the Directee in the hope that we might move towards a more whole and embodied self. The hour that takes place between the Spiritual Director and Directee is completely confidential and safe. All of life is spiritual, and all of life can be shared within that space. However, Spiritual Direction is NOT counseling, therapy or medical help. It is best described as a sacred space where we honor, discern, listen and express the inward life as it makes itself known outwardly. 

Sarah received her 3 year training at Charlotte Spirituality Center and is now a certified Spiritual Director, practicing in the areas of Charlotte NC, Boone NC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skype, Facetime and Phone sessions are also possible. 

To schedule a session, contact sarahdeshields@gmail.com 

We are to be fully present to the sorrow and despair of another without rushing to console in order to circumvent our own discomfort. Providing the opportunity for others to experience the full spectrum of what is stirring within them is a rare gift beyond measure.
— Christine Paintner
The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek
— Parker Palmer
Spiritual Direction is essentially companioning someone in his or her spiritual life. Other ways of describing Spiritual Direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying
— Janna Larson