SUGGESTIONS FOR REFLECTING ON A
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION RELATIONSHIP (THESE ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS FOR
PRAYERFUL REFLECTION, DON'T TRY TO "ANSWER" ALL OF
THEM, JUST SEE IF THEY TRIGGER ANYTHING THAT MIGHT NEED SOME
ATTENTION OR DISCUSSION.)
GENERAL: As you reflect on the relationship, what basic feelings do you have? (peacefulness, uneasiness, worry, gratitude, etc.)
CONTENT: Does it feel as though the relationship has been dealing sufficiently with specific spiritual direction issues? (prayer, sense of and responses to God, etc.) Are there areas that are not adequately dealt with?
FREEDOM: Are there any significant restrictions on your sense of freedom in the relationship? (things you feel hesitant to discuss, concerns about the other's feelings, feelings from contacts with each other outside direction sessions, compensation or contribution issues, personal attachments or resentments, etc.)
ROLES: Is the directee freely making and claiming his/her own perceptions and decisions, or is the director assuming too much of an authority role? Is the degree of self-disclosure on the director's part appropriate?
PRAYER: Are director and directee committed to praying for each other outside the meetings? What is the sense of prayerfulness (contemplative presence) during the meetings?
FRUITS: What seems to be some of the overall effects or results of this relationship? Does it actually seem to be nurturing the spiritual lives and hearts of director and directee? Does it seem to be furthering real lovingness toward other people?
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