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Please pause and ponder with these images, allowing yourself to connect with this pilgrimage, wherever you are, right now.

A Journey to the Heart: Inner Paths to Compassion, Connection, and Peace Pilgrimage
Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

27 October - 5 November 2010

Arrival and grounding

Pilgrimage guides prepare for arrival of forty-three pilgrims at St. George's College in East Jerusalem, the predominently Arab speaking area of Jerusalem.

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Enter the gate "with open hearts"

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Share your prayers as Spiritual Directors International pilgrims journey on an
Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine
27 October - 5 November 2010 

A Journey to the Heart: Inner Paths to Compassion, Connection, and Peace

Pilgrims from four continents--Africa, Europe, North America, South America--will walk together for peace and to connect with our heritage of spiritual companionship.

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Going green is about more than using fewer resources; it’s also about giving back resources to a world that’s given much to each of us. That’s why Spiritual Directors International plants trees.

We’ve been publishing Presence journal, educational resources, newsletters, books, and much more for more than twenty years. Trees help SDI reach out and share wisdom with the world, and we give thanks by returning the favor. Every one of us participates in shaping a world that supports life that flourishes.

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A place of encounter between Arab and Jew ... a home, that becomes an Open House.

Palestine, Spring, 1936. A family built and created a home. A lemon tree grows. A young Palestinian man, Bashir Al-Khairi, and his family are forced to flee, becoming refugees.

In Ramla, Palestine, a Jewish family--Holocaust survivors from Bulgaria--find an abandoned home. It becomes their new home. A lemon tree grows in the garden. For nineteen years, the young woman, Dalia Eshkenazi Landaunew, wonders, "Who had lived here?" During the same time, Bashir wonders, "Who is living in our house?"

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Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann, a Spiritual Directors International member writes,

Yamim Noraim--The Days of Awe

The ten days between the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. Rosh Hashanah means the Head of the Year, and is the beginning of the New Year for Jewish people. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, and is when many of the Jewish faith solemnly reflect on their "sins," on the ways in which we have missed the mark, for the Hebrew word for sin is chayt, the root of which means to miss the mark. Personally I reflect on my "mark-missings" every day, either because my list is so long I cannot save it all for a ten day period, or because I love to spend reflective, contemplative time with The-One-Who-Holds-a-Mirror to those ways we fall short. Or both. But there is something numinous about this ten day period when many of us of the Jewish faith, are particularly reflective.          

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Happy New Year!

With celebration and introspection, the beginning of a new year is a time to look forward, back, and enter deeply into the gift of the present, in the here and now of creation. 

Spiritual guidance is a gift to seekers during new beginnings and in ordinary time ...

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Become Astonished!

The cover article from Listen: A Seekers Resource for Spiritual Direction 4.4, October 2010 invites readers to consider the contemplative practice of becoming astonished, and to share personal stories and experiences.

Pegge Erkeneff Bernecker, editor and spiritual director writes:

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Ulysses Castillo, SDI member

Spiritual Direction through Skype
By SDI member, Ulysses Castillo

David and I met last summer at a Buddhist retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, USA. Both of us Christians, we connected during a Buddhist Christian Dialog group that got together for support during the retreat. Afterwards, I thought I’d never see David again.

Several months later, David sought me out via Facebook (an online social network) and asked if I would be his spiritual director. He noted that he was having trouble finding a spiritual director who could appreciate both his Christian and Buddhist spiritual journey. I was thrilled at the opportunity. We e-mailed back and forth a few times, to determine if his expectations and needs and what I had to offer were a good fit, and decided that we were compatibly matched. There was just one problem: David lives in Chicago, and I live in Kansas.

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Elinor Foltz

Recently there was an article published by an author who " defined spirtuality for everyone." An unusual claim to me as I have discovered on my decades of journeying, and mentoring, that spirituality is an intense personal relationship between a source of infnite power and an individual. A source of comfort and joy, and one that can be shared, but is, within me as a great gift. I am blessed to know many others who have this same inner light - and we all may have a different "name" that we refer to as the source of this " light " but it is within each of us not a generalized "religion." Yes, we all share our bibles and histories and chants and songs--but as each of come to an altar, we bring just what we have. Ourselves.
We come together to pray, to offer what we can, it is all so simple.

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Heather Hall (Alaska)

I used to think that spiritual directors were for clergy and students at seminary school. Over the past few years, however, I've learned that spiritual direction is a time honored tradition for anyone who wants to grow spiritually. As with coaches, it is important pick one whose strengths match your needs. (Not only is a hockey coach of little use to a golf player, but even a life coach or business coach needs proficiency in your areas of concern. Likewise, different Spiritual Directors will be of more or less help throughout your journey...) And, as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will come.

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