You are the silence, listening.

Spiritual direction: The offering

Lost souls and peace seekers, you’re welcome here.

Think of me as a shade tree, under which you can rest a while, catch your breath and find your feet, work out where you are, and where you’re headed.

Regardless of faith, with this support, you can discover the answers to your life’s questions and doubts.

I offer you an open, sacred space of silence and listening, I accompany you on your life’s journey, as the spirit wakes up in you.

As your spiritual director, my role is to support your voyage through the combined arts of sacred listening, silence, inner prayer and contemplation. With a focus on silence and listening, I draw from a storehouse of ancient spiritual tools and approaches.

In spiritual direction, together, we invite the sacred (your version of the sacred might be called the Divine, God, Holy, Truth, Absolute, Zen, Tao, Buddha mind, etc.) to guide our conversation, direct us, hence the term, spiritual direction. I am not the director, but a facilitator of this sacred conversation.

Other terms reflecting the work of spiritual direction may include; spiritual accompaniment, spiritual support, spiritual counsel, spiritual mentoring, spiritual friendship or spiritual guidance.

 

Spiritual direction: The Facilitator

I’m a new monastic, poet, writer, contemplative, facilitator of silence and self-discovery. A lay ordained Zen Buddhist in both Rinzai and Sōto lineages, I have a passion for silence, meditation, contemplation and silent inner prayer. A modern mystic, I live and work at the intersection of Zen and Christian contemplative practice.

A meditator since 1983, first leading prayer and meditation in a Tibetan temple in 2003, I trained with masters of Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and Christian contemplation and meditation. I spent 5 years living in hermitage in the forest, learning from bird, pine, eucalyptus and oak, rocks, rivers, clouds, stars and moon.

Experienced in a range of spiritual environments, I welcome those from all faith traditions, not only Zen and Christianity. Spiritual direction invites an open, healing perspective for all participants.

I currently offer one to one sessions in my home region of southern Portugal, where we can sit, share a cup of tea, or walk. I also offer one to one distance sessions via online video call, telephone and email. This powerful work can be equally effective in both in person and online environments. I welcome invitations to facilitate group spiritual direction for groups and gatherings.

Sharing these spiritual conversations in service to others for over 5 years, I also offer one to one and group coaching in forms of Buddhist meditation, Christian centering prayer and contemplative living.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to joining you on your journey.

Please email me at  hello@ando.life  for further information, and to book an initial consultation. Sessions are available for a donation based financial exchange, dependent on your available financial resources. There is no need to let financial difficulty get in the way of this healing work, please contact me if I can be of service to you.

 

I am a member of Spiritual Directors International, and adhere to their guidelines for ethical conduct.

 
 
 
Silence, the only language I am fluent in.