Spiritual Guidance for Growing Older

As a spiritual guide, I support individuals or groups as they reach for inspiration and grounding amid the challenges of life’s second half. Although this work is often called spiritual direction, I prefer the term spiritual guidance, as I do not dictate a direction, but rather, accompany the people with whom I work as they find their own sources of meaning, solace and sustenance. I trained as a spiritual director in the Morei Derekh program of Yedidya Center, for which I now serve as an adjunct faculty member.

Why spiritual guidance?

Confronting change, limits and loss calls us to question life’s meaning, our own values, and our spiritual life. Spiritual guidance offers a context for reflection and connection as you contend with retirement, transition, illness, caregiving or loss.

What is spiritual guidance?

I am companion, witness and supporter as you seek to gain spiritual awareness and bring it to your daily life and spiritual practice. The guidance you find may come from deep within you, or from your tradition and/or your connection to God, or your experience of the spiritual.

How does spiritual guidance work?

Typically, we meet monthly – in person, by phone or SKYPE. Sessions usually include guided meditative time, and conversation. You have a chance to reflect on your life, and to gain connection to your sense of purpose and meaning. This is not a problem-solving modality, rather, I will help you to consider how you can bring the awareness you gain into your day-to-day living.

To explore the possibility of working together in spiritual guidance, please contact me.

What I bring

I have accompanied thousands of individuals and families on the journey of aging as a rabbi, chaplain and spiritual director. In addition to rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), I hold Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and in Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR. I am certified as a chaplain by Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC); I completed training in Jewish Spiritual Direction with Yedidya Center’s Morei Derekh Program, for which I now serve on the adjunct faculty.

To explore the possibility of working together in spiritual guidance, please contact me.

 

 

 

 

Mary, a feisty 94 year-old woman, gave me this needlepoint. When I see it above my desk I think of her, and the grit that growing older requires.