Note: I take time today to share with you what’s going on in my spiritual life and invite you to follow the course of my retreat over the next nine months.
Several times in my life, I have been called to follow certain disciplines in spirituality. In 2000, I studied and finished A Course In Miracles and found that year-long practice wonderfully rich and spiritually rewarding. Since then, I have worked with other self-growth and spirituality programs and delighted in each of them.
I now start on perhaps the most rigorous, disciplined and exciting spiritual development program yet - The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
As part of my training at HeartPaths Dallas to become a Spiritual Director, I begin a nine-month “retreat in real life” that follows the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Catholic priest and mystic who started the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, in 1540. This retreat in real life involves a daily commitment of an hour of my time devoted to prayer, meditation and journaling, while following the readings and exercises that St. Ignatius prescribes. In addition, I attend class once a week and meet with my spiritual director every other week.
According to my teachers, Ignatian Spirituality is based on the following premises:
- We can be contemplatives in action
- We experience prayer in daily life
- The world can be the subject of prayer
- Love shows up in our actions
- Each one of us can have a direct experience of God in prayer
This is perfect for me - the driven one, the achiever, the seeker who needs to know, deep down in her heart, that everything is a gift from God and accept what is. I look forward to learning how to examine each day and listen for God/Source’s active participation in my life.
And isn’t this perfect for the Everyday Mystic blog! The spirit of Iggy, as we fondly call Ignatius, will be working through my fingers as I blog over the next nine months. I look forward to sharing insights, struggles, peak moments and dry spots of my retreat - all in hopes of helping you illuminate your path with Source’s love and light.