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Spiritual Mentoring

I am a non-denominational spiritual mentor who helps people move away from vice and “vicious circle” living toward virtue and “virtuous circle” living.

The first thing to remember about developing virtuous living is that it is a growth process. You may need to first set a plan then give yourself time to make adjustments in your life slowly.

If part of your plan includes therapy, you will need to seek out a licensed therapist. I can not provide mental therapy.

The virtues of life and virtuous living

I have a list of ten virtues I can help you develop in your life. You are not likely to develop all ten, but perhaps we can work together to strengthen one or two virtues in your life.

Virtues you might develop include:

courage-independence
kindness-camaraderie
wisdom-contemplation
wonder-attentiveness
integrity-honesty
compassion-mercy
discipline-temperance
patience-grace
reverence-gratitude
levity-joy

Developing virtue often means giving up some comfort. Comfort balanced with virtue is the ideal, but sometimes we obsess about comfort and take comforting ourselves too far. Developing virtue may include learning how to manage your need for comfort and allow yourself to get used to some levels of discomfort.

Developing personal awareness

I have a few tools to help you develop thoughtful and emotional awareness, as well as facilitate a examination of your life.

Muse meditation with feedback

I have a Muse feedback device that can help you develop better meditation practices and set you in the right direction. We can schedule sessions where you can use the device while I give advice before the session or help you talk about your session after. Eventually, you may gain better awareness of the thoughts that run amok in your mind.

See the Muse site to learn more

Heart compass to orient emotions

I have a worksheet that can help you learn about emotional feedback and learn how to use it in your life more effectively through journaling and reflection.

Exploratory Tarot readings

You can also get one or more readings from me to help you explore parts of your life and examine them in more depth.

See my page on Tarot and readings

Changing what’s around you

The book Change Anything mentions that it is not just ourselves but the people in our lives and the places we go that can either support or hinder our ability to change our habits. The process for change may include identifying, planning and changing the things that affect your habits.

Ready to develop virtuous living?

I currently help on a donation basis, which may change at some point.

We may need to start by identifying changes and discussing options that may go into a plan.

Contact me to request spiritual mentoring help

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Books to help you

Emotional Intelligence

by Daniel Goleman

This book goes over the wide range of emotions and is an earlier book about what emotional experiences are like. It provides several ideas in how to become better equipped to handle emotions in general, but should be paired with more recent writings on emotions.

The Upside of Your Dark Side

by Robert Biswas-Diener and Todd Kashdan

This book explores how to include feelings you might push down, so that you can be a fundamentally more whole person. It provides a lot of research into how emotions affect us and why it’s important to allow all feelings into your life.

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

by Al Switzler, David Maxfield, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, and Ron McMillan

This book is great if you are trying to replace how you live with something better. It goes over all the factors involved with changing a habit and provides several examples of how people made changes in their lives.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen Covey

This is a great guide to how to map out your own life more effectively and adopt behaviors that could lead to feeling more effective in how you live. The point is to achieve your own goals not to fit in to what society says is successful. This book can help you do that.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan

This book helps map out the elements of conversation and provides techniques for coming to a better understanding with people when you can’t walk away. Of course, that is the main goal of these conversations, to understand one another better and resolve communication problems even if you can’t agree.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

by Barry Schwartz

This book reviews evidence that we may be the cause of our own unhappiness. Faced with so many options to compare, we may obsess too much or come up with reasons to question our decisions after we make them. This book is a great read for those who feel like they keep making the wrong choices or whose minds keep returning to choices made for whatever reason.