Violence and injustice are rampant in the world. As a community — a body of compassionate witnesses and activists — Stillpoint is currently in the process of talking about and wrestling with ways we might continue to show up in-and-for our hurting world.
People need companions for their centering work to prepare them for their work in the world. Contemplative work never stands alone. As Meister Eckhart has said, “The outward work will never be puny if the inward work is great.”
This work we do is to strengthen the one standing for justice and the one who stands for peace. And yet, in the midst of a violent world, a suffering planet, holding the space as companion becomes its own action. What Ravi Verma, Stillpoint’s program director, calls Sacred Activism.
Not only are we more deeply and intentionally exploring ways we can integrate this perspective of “Spiritual Direction as Sacred Activism” into our Spiritual Direction training programs, but we’re also trying to open and broaden the dialogue.
Ravi and others have begun a conversation at Spiritual Directors International (SDI) about the role spiritual direction can have in increasing social justice in our society.
Here’s how you can participate:
We are sincerely interested to hear your thoughts and feelings on this matter. If you have any feedback of your own, we invite you to share it with us.