Spiritual direction, or soul care, is a gentle, intuitive, and personalized process based on each individual's needs. It may include talking out current difficulties in relationships, telling core stories of hurt or harm that shape our worldview, prayer and meditation, practices in silence, solitude, and stillness, gaining deeper understanding of ourselves by utilizing personality tools, or even simple gratitude exercises. The process utilizes this wide variety of "tools" to help us learn how to better connect with ourselves, others, and God.
Additionally, soul care assists us in identifying false beliefs that impact how we live. By becoming aware of these beliefs and patterns, we can better understand how to have healthy and satisfying relationships.
Soul care has a goal of unleashing an inner sense of freedom that paves the way to an abundant life that is filled with faith, hope, and love.
"The Christian life often entails times of spiritual uncertainty—situations in which we are unsure of God’s will, confused about what God is doing in our circumstances, or generally dry in our relationship with God. Spiritual direction is a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God.
"A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you to notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ." - Grafted Life Ministries
"We need someone who helps us to distinguish between the voice of God and all the other voices coming from our own confusion or from dark powers far beyond our control. We need someone who encourages us when we are tempted to give it all up, to forget it all, and to just walk away in despair. We need someone who cautions us when we move too rashly in unclear directions or hurry proudly toward a nebulous goal. We need someone who can suggest to us when to read and when to be silent, which words to reflect upon, and what to do when silence creates much fear and little peace."— Spiritual Direction, Henri Nouwen