Find Your Center, Find Your Feet

Going deeper in the Spiritual life with host Pam Rotelle Robertson & Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, Director of the Spiritual Direction Training Program at Moravian Seminary. This is an exploration of Spirituality through conversations and mindfulness practices with a diverse range of Spiritual thought leaders. “Finding our feet” helps us to be fully awake to ourselves and to have a greater sense of the Divine in the here and now. Connect with us: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction Music by Robert Long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhyW1pj1aBw

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Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

You are invited to experience this new season by participating in spiritual awareness practices! Please join host, Pam Robertson and Wisdom Teacher, Marcella Kraybill-Greggo!  
These practices invite you to become more awake and aware of the ordinary moments of your everyday life.
Join us for 4 conscious prayers: The Body Prayer, Full Prostration, Listening to Your Life, and Contemplating Your Child or Loved One. 
The invitation is to sit quietly and allow this conscious work to enter into your everyday life.
1. BODY PRAYER PRACTICE:
Notice what happens in you as you do this exercise along with Pam and Marcella. 
2. FULL PROSTRATION
Something that you can’t find in your mind—because it lives in your body! 
3. LISTENING TO YOUR LIFE:
Here we invite you to PAUSE in the middle of the day and listen to the sounds of your life.
Notice the sounds that might be common like traffic, birds, and your refrigerator running. Now listen for sounds that you may not have noticed like your dog breathing down by your feet. Now see if you can open up your expanse by noticing the energy around you and in the world. See what you can access listening in on your life.
Take a deep breath and then go about your day. The idea is to see if you can expand your awareness into your life.
Breathing involves your body. As I slow down and exhale, notice how a deeper breath follows.
4. CONTEMPLATING YOUR CHILD OR LOVED ONE.
A conscious work practice with Visio Divina - Visio is taking a picture or an image and being present with it, noticing what happens when you sit with it. Notice the wave of Love—a reminder of how deeply you are loved by God.
Marcella says, “when you have a child you are gazing into the face of God—no matter what age they are.”
 
For more information: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Learn more about Wisdom Waypoints here: www.wisdomwaypoints.org
*This conversation originally aired on The Talking Joy Podcast with host Pam Rotelle Roberson www.talkingjoy.org
 
 

Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

Join host Pam Robertson for a conversation about the Enneagram with teacher, Jeanine Siler-Jones. The enneagram can be a resource for deepening personal and spiritual growth. We are all born with a particular style. Enneagram teacher Jeanine Siler Jones helps us explore the value of this tool and how it can help cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. She touches on the 9 types as an introduction to this practice of self-discovery. These types are broken into triads- the centers of intelligence—head, heart and body. Our conversation highlights why we do what we do, what is the motivation and how we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and others.
For the past thirty years, Jeanine has engaged in the Enneagram as a path to a deep connection with herself, others, and God. She has studied with Cynthia Bourgeault in her Wisdom Schools and has a daily contemplative practice.*
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Siler Jones Counseling: https://silerjonescounseling.com
*This conversation originally aired on The Talking Joy Podcast with host Pam Rotelle Roberson www.talkingjoy.org
 

Tuesday May 14, 2024

Join us for a heart rhythm meditation with Maureen DeBellis! Learn about Heart Rhythm Meditation it’s effects on overall well-being; including, an expanded sense of self! Maureen is a spiritual director, inter-spiritual companion, a teacher of Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM) and a retreat guide for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  She has a BA in Marriage and Family Studies from DeSales University and is a Graduate of the Spiritual Direction program at Moravian Theological Seminary. 
She has a private practice of individual and group spiritual direction. She serves as a meditation teacher, mentor and coach in the Heart Rhythm Meditation Community and a contract spiritual director and supervisor of spiritual directors at Moravian Theological Seminary. 
HRM is a gentle way to increase sensitivity and nervous system capacity. Maureen says, as a spiritual director and healer these are important skills to cultivate within myself.
Connect with Maureen: https://www.maureendebellis.com/about 
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Host Pam Robertson www.talkingjoy.org
 
 
 

Sunday Apr 28, 2024

Join us for a guided YES mediation with Lori Christine Young and host Pam Robertson. Lori is an Integrative Somatic Coach which includes her work as a Somatic Spiritual Director who is trained in and informed by Holistic Spirituality and Contemplative Spiritual Direction, Somatic Experiencing (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™️), Plyvagal Theory (Deb Dana’s Rhythm of Regulation™️) and other trauma & nervous system perspectives. Lori is Adjunct Faculty at Moravian Seminary teaching and supervising students in the Spiritual Direction Program. 
Connect with Lori: https://lorichristineyoung.com/
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com

Monday Apr 15, 2024

Wisdom Spiritual Director, Heather Ruce joins us talk about finding our center. Heather says, what she has discovered in doing this Wisdom work is that it calls for a different level of being in the world requiring her to do what it takes to regulate the nervous system so that she's not operating reactively. Bonus: Heather leads a ten minute meditation during our conversation! Heather is a graduate of our MTS Wisdom Infused Spiritual Direction Training Program!
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Heather Ruce: https://www.heatherruce.com/about
Host Pam Rotelle Robertson 

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

Join us for a conversation with Rev. Dr. Sue Pizor Yoder who leads Blank Slate, an emerging spiritual community in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Sue co-authored the book "Hear Us Out: Six Questions on Belonging and Belief" where they interviewed over 200 people under 40 in search of the lessons they might teach us about belonging, adversity, legacy - and faith. Sue explains the idea of "nones" — people who have no religious affiliation and "dones" people who once practiced religion but no longer do. Sue and her colleagues were surprised to find their conversation partners also wanted to talk about faith--even when they didn't identify with any religious tradition. The narratives these authors uncover offer both critique and blessing for society and the church. Join us as we explore the idea that while an increasing number of young people don't consider themselves religious, they may still consider themselves spiritual. #nones #dones #nonesanddones 
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Blank Slate Community: https://blankslatecommunity.com/blank-slate-facilitator/ 
 

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Join hosts Pam and Marcella with author Russell Siler Jones for a conversation about his new book, Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy. Russell is a therapist in Asheville, NC. In this immensely practical book, Russell helps therapists, spiritual directors or anyone in the "helping" industry feel more competent and confident about having spiritual conversations with clients. With a refreshing, down-to-earth style, he describes how to recognize the diverse explicit and implicit ways spirituality can appear in psychotherapy, how to assess the impact spirituality is having on clients, how to make interventions to maximize its healthy impact and lessen its unhealthy impact, and how therapists can draw upon their own spirituality in ethical and skillful ways. He includes extended case studies and clinical dialogue so readers can hear how spirituality becomes part of case conceptualization and what spiritual conversation actually sounds like in psychotherapy. (This book is used in the Spiritual Direction Program at MTS) 
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Russell Siler-Jones: https://silerjonescounseling.com/about-russell/
 

Monday Feb 12, 2024

Heather Ruce joins us to talk about having "Conscious Relationships" with the people in our lives. She says being conscious is a spiritual practice that we must tend to with intentionality, attention and awareness. Heather works with individuals in Wisdom Spiritual Direction and facilitates wisdom practice circles, groups, retreats, and wisdom schools. She offers teaching and guidance in various wisdom and mindfulness practices including Centering Prayer, Christian meditation, sacred chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and embodiment. She has a M.A. Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel University and is a graduate of our MTS Graduate Spiritual Direction training program.
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Heather Ruce: https://www.heatherruce.com/practices
*This conversation originally aired on The Talking Joy Podcast with host Pam Rotelle Roberson www.talkingjoy.org
 
 

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

Joyce Rupp bestselling and award-winning author and retreat leader joins Pam for a conversation about her newest book, Jesus, Guide of My Life offers reflections for the Lenten Journey. The Lenten season is framed as a spiritual journey that prepares us to celebrate Easter and new life. Joyce invites us to set aside a few minutes each day to read a verse of scripture and prayer response. Then sitting quietly, allow the Spirit’s wisdom to speak to you and, if you choose, write a brief prayer reflection yourself.
For information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
Jesus, Guide of My Life: www.avemariapress.com/products/jesus…ide-of-my-life

Sunday Jan 14, 2024

Join us for two Guided Meditations with host Pam Robertson and guest Jeanine Siler-Jones. Jeanine is a spiritually integrated psychotherapist and spiritual director in private practice, an Enneagram teacher, retreat leader and chair of the board of Wisdom Waypoints. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeanine is a graduate of our MTS SD training program! She is a Spiritual Director-Supervisor and teacher in the Spiritual Direction Program.
Welcoming Practice from Cynthia Bourgeault's book, Centering Prayer And Inner Awakening. Jeanine says, “welcoming cultivates an inner hospitality in the body. It is an “on the go” practice where mediation meets life.” There are three parts; focus and sink in, welcome and letting go. This practice can help strengthen the nervous system as we are tracking and noticing sensation in the body, letting go after we have spent time welcoming and being with whatever arises during the mediation.
Mind, Body and Heart- A core basic practice that invites us to get more skillful at knowing what it feels like to be present in all three centers: mind, body and heart. 
 Jeanine: https://silerjonescounseling.com/
For more information about Moravian Theological Seminary's Spiritual Direction Program: https://www.moravianseminary.edu/academics/certificate/spiritual-direction
Music by Robert Long: robertjohnlong@gmail.com
 
 

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