• 2022,  Spirituality

    A Conversation with Rabbi Rami Shapiro – Listen

    If you’ve read any of Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s books or listened to his own podcast for Spirituality & Health Magazine, you know he engages spirituality with deep reverence and humorous wit. Both “sage” and “trickster”, he invites us to examine our beliefs and our spiritual practices with open hearts, so that we can better companion others on their spiritual journeys. Listen to this new episode of SDI Encounters…

  • 2021,  Spirituality

    Some Benefits of Spiritual Guidance

    Eckhart Tolle in his book The New Earth puts forward what he calls Three Modalities of Awakened Doing. These three modalities “in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe.” (Tolle, 295). These are essentially three ways of being in which one should always seek to be within. They are: Acceptance: When you can’t enjoy what you’re doing, you can at least accept…

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    2021,  Spirituality

    Why is Deep Listening Important?

    Consider: has anyone recently asked, “How are you?”, and really meant it? When most people ask you this question, how do you respond? Usually, we say, “fine, thanks.” We probably share something about our job, or relate a short story about something that happened to you in the past few days. Something about the weather. When I ask, “how are you?” – I want to know what’s on…

  • 2021,  Spirituality

    Can Spiritual Directors Help? nytimes.com

    We at SDI were pretty thrilled to see this article published on spiritual companionship in the New York Times. Our Executive Director was quoted extensively, and I play a small role in this article (Towards the end of the article, I am the “friend who was training to be a spiritual director” LOL): Faith is Hard to Define. Can Spiritual Directors Help? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)…