GUIDING YOU TOWARDS YOUR 'TRUE NORTH'
We all have an inner compass (a still small voice) that seeks to guide us towards our true 'north.' Having someone who can mindfully listen to your longings and struggles, as well as your hopes and dreams, in ways that help you discover and honor your true 'north' can make all the difference in your ability to accomplish your goals and live into your created purpose with a sense of inter-connectedness and passion.
What makes Spiritual Direction different from other forms of counseling is the foundational assumption that there is already a sacred pulse (the Spirit) at work within you that seeks to drive the trajectory of your life towards life-giving purpose and meaningful connection with God, self, and others.
The Contemplative Difference:
Lenora specializes in Contemplative Spiritual Direction. What's the difference between this and other forms of Spiritual Direction? Many forms of contemporary Spiritual Direction flow out of the Ignatian formula for spiritual companionship that consists of a prescribed program designed to systematically guide the directee through a series of readings and practices that work together to aid the direction process.
Contemplative Spiritual Direction takes an entirely different approach. There is no agenda. No systematic formula. No prescribed agenda. What is there then? A spiritually led conversation or series of on-going conversations guided by the Holy Spirit with a trained director who is trained in reflectively listening and asking questions that allow you to hear and respond to the movement of God within, leading you towards the path that is yours to follow and thriving in the journey.
Lenora's mission is to compassionately journey with others in ways that can help them experience healing, develop an authentic spiritual expression, discern new vocational paths, and courageously live in alignment with their truest created self.
Lenora is especially passionate about serving burned out clergy as well as those who have been wounded by trauma or abuse.
Lenora's nonjudgemental and affirming approach is based on a generous, Christ-centered faith that seeks to listen for and help others recognize the movement of the Spirit within that is leading them towards the life that is theirs and theirs alone to live.
Is Spiritual Direction right for you if you aren't religious?
Lenora believes so! P.G. Reed once offered this perspective: "Spirituality is making meaning through a sense of relatedness/connectedness to dimensions that transcend the self in a way that empowers and does not devalue the individual. The relatedness may be experienced via three dimensions: intra-personally - by having purpose, satisfaction and values; interpersonally - through giving and receiving relationships; and trans-personally - by a link with a higher power." Based on this definition, every human being can benefit from support and guidance that helps them tend to the various dimensions of their spiritual being.
As a member of Spiritual Director International (SDI), Lenora is committed to honor each person by respecting his/her values, theology, experiences, relationships, conscience, spirituality and confidentiality. Lenora vows to keep the session material that may arise (whether oral or written) confidential. Lenora also respects all persons regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, physical or mental handicap, any preference, personal characteristic, condition or status.
An atmosphere of confidence and trust is implicit and essential. As a member of Spiritual Directors International, Lenora is committed to creating a safe and confidential haven where personal sharing can occur and seeks to cultivate space that allows for openness, self-disclosure and authenticity. Towards that end, she follows the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct © 2018 by Spiritual Directors International, including:
Scheduling: Lenora currently offers opportunities to meet in-person in Iwakuni, Japan or via web-based conferencing/tele-conferencing Mondays through Fridays (and select weekends, upon request) making it easier for you to carve out the time you need to care for your soul.
PLEASE NOTE: Lenora will be residing in Japan from 2/22-2/24 during her husband's deployment with the US Navy. If you are located in the United States, please note that her availablity will generally fall within your afternoon or evenings, depending on your time zone.
Donation-based Payment Structure: Spiritual Direction services are offered on a donation basis. The standard hourly donation for Spiritual Direction is $75 per individual session, however, please feel free to donate any amount that fits seems reasonable for your situation.
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