Spiritual Direction is the cutting edge of what is next in the world of spirituality. It exists in the liminal space of not knowing. Spiritual direction invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Spiritual direction offers a place to explore prayer practices, meditation, spiritual experiences, and our growing desire for significance. Spiritual direction is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.
Spiritual Directors listen and lead people to the arms of God. They accompany people on a spiritual journey, walking with them into the unknown, opening to the spirit where it wants to go. Sacred listening transforms lives through the art of spiritual direction, spiritual guidance, spiritual accompaniment, anam cara in Gaelic, and Hashpa'ah in Hebrew. Rabbi Ori Har takes into consideration your unique personality and temperament, and accompanies your ongoing or unfolding spiritual practices, and the stages of your spiritual development.
Like prayer, contemplation and meditation, spiritual direction nourishes the spiritual aspect of being human, allowing us to serve with authenticity and grateful hearts. "Spiritual direction helps people tend a deep connection with the holy, and contributes to peace, justice, and integrity of creation. In these difficult times, this connection is even more necessary." (Spiritual Directors International).
The offerings of the Center for Spiritual Friendship include individual Spiritual Direction, as well as interfaith Group Spiritual Direction for general individuals, and Group Spiritual Direction for caregivers as well as accompaniment for dying.
Building on the teachings of Reb Zalman and his book From Age-ing to Sage-ing, this program offers powerful contemplative tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of our own ripening lives. Appropriate for all who want to gain deep meaning in the aging process, people of all ages, professionals working with elders, and clergy for their own eldering and for those they serve.
"Since I took the Sage-ing class, I feel younger."
"Through sage-ing we have the opportunity to enhance our world by sharing with others from our deepest sense of self. The Joy of Sage-ing program helped me to start the interior work necessary to awakening the elder and sage that resides within. I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop for all looking to find authentic meaning in aging and a path to the ongoing growth of self, family and community.”