Spiritual Direction is the name most commonly recognized for a companion who listens to, and supports us as we navigate & explore our spiritual path. Another term could be Spiritual Companion, or the Irish poet & author John O'Donohue calls the person a soul friend or Anam Cara from the Celtic tradition of spirituality.
My particular orientation as a spiritual companion is to support people to find their inner guidance for self-accompaniment, and to feel a sense of Presence in their lives.
I am inspired by the deep wisdom and healing available to us through attuning to the body, and I feel this is the heart of a Spiritual Companioning session when I am working with people. Our body speaks to us through sensations, images,
a felt-sense, emotions, emergent body movements, inner knowing, story-telling, and meaning-making. As we centre this language and feel Presence, we are able to connect with what is important to us and what brings a sense of peace.
I offer contemplative bodywork as an optional component of an in person session and using Zoom use the body to guide the process.
Through spiritual companioning we may feel more able to nourish ourselves with what is meaningful to us so that we can be present as we take our place in the world. Connection to our authentic self and to the life force that moves through all of creation supports a broader perspective of engagement in life.
The cost of a Spiritual Direction session is $85
Contact Nicola Usher * 519-949-3822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At an exponential rate we are growing in our awareness of how trauma has impacted so many people personally, in the family and in our larger social structures. The contemplative approach in spiritual companioning can invite the deeper listening required to access our inner wisdom in a way that doesn't push past the defense strategies that our nervous system has put in place to protect us. We can honour these protective places and work in a way that brings regulation to the nervous system allowing us to find clarity and inner wisdom.
For some people there is a longing to access places of meditation and stillness but the hyper vigilance from trauma or the overwhelm of feelings from loss can create a state of freeze in the nervous system that prevents us from being able to find a safe and resourcing stillness. Through learning to track these states and navigating with choice we can learn to gently find our way into or back to the stillness we long for in our spiritual practices.