SDI Encounters
Ep17 - Spiritual Fluidity with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 1)

Ep17 - Spiritual Fluidity with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 1)

May 20, 2019

Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak are longtime members of SDI, they are spiritual directors, and founders of a unique training program called the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute – which educates and equips people to be spiritual directors and companions.

This episode is Part 1, with a focus on what it looks like to be a “spiritual independent” or “spiritually fluid”. It doesn’t mean you have no faith tradition (though it might), but in your life’s journey to commune with mystery and the ground of all being, you may find that no one particular tradition has all the answers you seek. What is perhaps most true is that each person’s spiritual journey is unique, and not easily identified by a way of thinking or an ideology. Jan and Jeanette both have been on this journey personally and vocationally. 

Remember to hit that "follow or subscribe" button as next week we’ll release part 2 of this conversation. 

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.



Ep16 - Experiential Companionship with Sharon Seyfarth Garner

Ep16 - Experiential Companionship with Sharon Seyfarth Garner

May 13, 2019

Sharon Seyfarth Garner, a spiritual companion, retreat facilitator, and director of Belly of the Whale Ministries.

Sharon facilitated a participatory art project called the Prayer Mandala Wall, which incorporated coloring and companionship as forms of prayer at the SDI annual conference in 2019. Listen in on our conversation with Sharon about this project and using coloring as a form of spiritual practice – a means of quieting ourselves and attuning ourselves to deeper presence - what we refer to in this conversation as God, but also known by other names such as the ground of all being.

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep 15 - Receptivity and Connection through Singing Bowls - Stacy Au Coin and David Summerfield

Ep 15 - Receptivity and Connection through Singing Bowls - Stacy Au Coin and David Summerfield

May 7, 2019

Stacy Au Coin and David Summerfield facilitated a workshop at our Annual Conference this past March 2019 called “Seeking Connection Through Sound, Meditation, and Creative Exploration." The description of their workshop states, “Singing bowls during meditation help carry folks into stillness by slicing through the chatter of the mind. From this place of stillness we find the connection with our inner Self, our intuition, our connection to the Divine (or Creator), and we prepare the way to authentic open engagement with others.” They stopped by for a podcast conversation with host Matt Whitney during the Conference. To learn more about Stacy and David's work, visit passagesandpathways.com

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep14 - Remember Yourself with Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares

Ep14 - Remember Yourself with Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares

April 29, 2019

This week’s episode features an ‘in-house podcast’ conversation with our Executive Director, Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares, about a quarterly publication we produce called "Listen".

Listen is described as “A Seeker’s Resource for Spiritual Direction”, which offers art and illustration and a written reflection. For our April issue of Listen, Reverend Seifu titled his reflection “Remember Yourself”, which reflects on how we consider the spiritual journey to be about striving towards new insight and discovery, but might actually be about striving towards remembering, or recalling.  

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep13 - Dani Forbess on Embodied Spirituality

Ep13 - Dani Forbess on Embodied Spirituality

April 23, 2019

Dani Forbess is a pastor and spiritual care provider in the Seattle area, and was a presenter at our Post-Conference Retreat in Seabeck Washington. She studied at Seattle Pacific University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and has served in pastoral roles in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Cape Town, South Africa, Los Angeles, and now in Seattle.

In this episode we went deep into how Dani lives out Christian spirituality in her work as a pastor and a mother.

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep12 - Preeta Banerjee on Practicing Sacred Intention

Ep12 - Preeta Banerjee on Practicing Sacred Intention

April 15, 2019

Preeta M. Banerjee, PhD, is an SDI New Contemplative for 2019.The SDI New Contemplatives Initiative seeks to encourage, understand and engage with spiritual directors in the first half of their lives (aged 40-ish or under).

Preeta is a spiritual companion who draws on a broad and deep range of experience, having spent 20 years in academia, coaching and consulting as an advocate, educator, researcher and author.

She is a strong voice for combining spirituality, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and social change, currently in her work as co-founder and partner at WhiteLeaf Advisors LLC. She has a PhD in Strategic Management from the Wharton School and BS in Computational Biology and Business from Carnegie Mellon. 

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

 

Ep11 - Becky Eldredge on Spirituality and Everyday Life

Ep11 - Becky Eldredge on Spirituality and Everyday Life

April 8, 2019

This week we chat with Becky Eldredge. Becky is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and mother of three young children based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a former SDI New Contemplative, and the author of a book called Busy Lives and Restless Souls. We chat about everyday spirituality – weaving contemplative practice and spiritual companioning into the spaces between and within our work, our commutes, raising children, running errands, and perhaps even beginning to integrate all of it as spiritual practice. 

We also talk about the Catholic Mystic St. Theresa of Avila, who wrote about the spiritual life in an incredible allegory called The Interior Castle. The Interior Castle represents the path to Divine Union – by working through several different “rooms” which each represent a state of being, as we journey closer and closer to the Divine - however The Divine lands with you – but this path delineates a journey, and we have to begin at our beginning.

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep10 - Ed Bastian, Interspiritual Meditation

Ep10 - Ed Bastian, Interspiritual Meditation

April 2, 2019

In today's episode we interview Ed Bastian. Ed is the founding president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation, which provides programs, books, and websites for the study of meditation and the application of contemplative values and insights in the world. He has a doctorate in Buddhist Studies and Western Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and as a Fulbright Scholar spent nearly a decade in monasteries in the US, India, and the Himalayas, studying Indian philosophy and translating Buddhist scriptures.

Ed worked previously as a Director at the Smithsonian Institute, where he produced the first interactive multimedia production with LucasFilm and Apple Computer. He’s produced award winning television programs for the BBC, PBS, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep09 - Diane Millis, Re-Creating a Life

Ep09 - Diane Millis, Re-Creating a Life

March 25, 2019

Dr Diane Millis is an inspirational speaker, teacher, writer and spiritual director. She's one of the most deeply respected and most popular workshop presenters at SDI's annual conferences. Diane asks us: 

  • Is your life what you thought it was going to be?  
  • Do you ever find yourself comparing the story of the life you wished you had lived with the life you are actually living?  

Each of us has a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves.  Becoming aware of our inner narrative is crucial, because the story we tell ourselves, both consciously and unconsciously, has tremendous power over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In many ways, this story defines our lives.  

In this podcast, Diane talks about her her book titled Re-Creating A Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story and the inspiration behind it.

This book is also the first offering of SDI Press – a new publishing arm of Spiritual Directors International. 

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.

Ep08 - Mona Haydar Interview

Ep08 - Mona Haydar Interview

March 14, 2019

Mona Haydar is a Muslim chaplain, performance artist, activist, and rapper. She grew up in Flint, Michigan as a Syrian American, and practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation, and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. Mona was kind enough to record a greeting and introduction for us in anticipation of her presence at the SDI Conference, Seeking Connection Across Generations, in March 2019 in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Her song “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)” has been watched more than 5 million times on Youtube.

Your comments and suggestions can be sent to: Podcast@sdiworld.org

Our main website can be found at: https://www.sdiworld.org 

Thank you for tuning in. Please click the [Subscribe or Follow] button so you don't miss an episode.