Author: Jennifer Olin-Hitt

Spiritual Direction: A Movement Towards Soul Wholeness

The title Spiritual Director is somewhat of a misnomer.  The Spirit is the true Director.    It’s not uncommon for Americans in our 21st century to find their way to a mental health clinic. In the U.S. today, according to the DSM-5, 46% of adults are likely to develop a diagnosable mental disorder.  There are a variety of reasons for the statistics: economic stressors, environmental challenges, inadequate social resources, and often, simply a greater awareness of and the reporting of diagnoses.  For the millions of people affected by mental health disorders – depression, anxiety, personality disorders, etc. – mental...

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The Important Task of Claiming a Strand

Two different weddings. Both braiding traditions into a new wholeness. I am in a position of privilege this summer.  Two couples asked me to coordinate their wedding ceremonies.   And so over the past few months I have held space for intimate conversations with engaged and loving people.  I have listened to hopes and have promoted their questions. In some ways these couples could not be more different from each other.  One couple – a man and woman expecting a child, he mid-forties and previously married several times, she mid-thirties never married – navigates how their new family might find...

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The Braided Way is a framework to see every faith tradition as a strand, braided into a larger whole of spiritual awareness. In the Braided Way, combining spiritual practice from various faiths allow us to explore sacred experience and wonder in forms that resonate with our personal spiritual needs and sacred intuitions. In today’s culture, many people shun religious dogma, but yearn for spiritual connection. The Braided Way allows the ceremonies and practices of multiple faiths to be available without the confinements of cultural dogma.


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