Distance Spiritual Direction
Guidelines for a successful online experience
Given the current advances in internet technology, distance spiritual direction has become
a very feasible means to tend to the needs of your soul. This page offers tips which will pave the way to a successful experience
for spiritual direction via a webcam.
Plan so as to minimize distractions
Planning ahead will enable our time together to be free of distractions and interruptions, both inwardly and outwardly.
Allow yourself some spaciousness before our distance spiritual direction conversation so that you are not rushing into our session.
Turn off the phones, inform the members of your household that you are not to be disturbed for an hour,
and (if applicable) arrange for your children to be tended to. In short, prepare to value
our time together as a face-to-face appointment turned toward God and the Spirit's work in your life.
Prepare the space where we will meet
Before our conversation begins, prepare the room to meet with your Guest.
Clear away the clutter near your computer. You may find it helpful to place an object in your line of vision which will speak to you of God's presence:
a picture, a passage of Scripture or a symbol which has been meaningful to you recently.
Consider lighting a candle during the conversation, as I do, as a symbol of the presence
of the Holy Spirit who bridges the distance between us. Have your Bible and journal handy.
Prepare yourself for our time together
reflect back on your spiritual life over the past weeks.
and decide what is most valuable to bring into our conversation. The
preparing for a session page offers
insight on how to make the most of our time together.
spend a few minutes in stillness and prayer
so that you are inwardly focused.
Keep our appointment!
I set aside this hour just for you, investing beforehand with preparation and prayer.
Please honour the commitment being made to you and value your own spiritual journey
by guarding this time together. Familiarize yourself as well with my policy regarding
cancellations and rescheduling
Communication is essential for a successful distance spiritual direction experience. If you have any concerns about how
our sessions are going, please share them with me as soon as you are comfortable doing so.
You are welcome to email me in between sessions to follow through on your experience or in preparing for the next
You'll need to take care of a few technical necessities for our distance spiritual direction experience to go smoothly. Please read
the skype setup page and follow these
instructions carefully. Then we will be well on our way to a glitch-free time together.
Please note that it will helpful to review these instructions before we meet for the second time.
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