Regardless of a specific religion or spirituality, we all benefit from the act of reflecting on our feelings and noticing the direction they compel us. Observing whether you are drawn towards feelings of consolation or desolation can be a profound source of inner guidance and begin to bring your heart’s true desire into focus.
This is the experience some people are having at this very moment. Despite spring’s arrival, they are still in the midst of winter.
Have you had an experience when somebody else’s good news made you feel something other than good? … my feelings of grief were difficult to welcome, especially in the face of someone’s good news. They were feelings I “shouldn’t” be feeling. I was “supposed to” be joyful and happy.
The shorter days also mean more darkness, and by the time January rolls around I am aware of the way less daylight affects me. Lower energy and a lower mood, which makes it difficult to do all the things I love to do or that are important to me, like praying.
For the past several years, the lead-in to the holidays has held more grief, which has brought with it an array of emotions that do not feel very “holiday-like.” Feelings like sadness, frustration, anxiety, and overwhelm.
But what about the outcome of my impatience? When I get so focused on things that are out of my control, I lose sight of things that are within my control, such as the condition of my soul.
Hello! I am Lindsay, one of the newest spiritual directors at Loyola Spirituality Center. The spiritual direction ministry at Loyola played an important role in my journey towards becoming a spiritual director over the past 5 years, so it is especially meaningful to...