Maryl De Milo
"Our heart is restless until it rests in You," - St. Augustine The journey into our soul can be tiring, and...
"Our heart is restless until it rests in You," - St. Augustine
The journey into our soul can be tiring, and the road through life is often rocky and painful. Is Jesus' burden really light? How can I hear the Spirit's voice and see Him at work in my life? Where is He? What is God doing in my life? These questions are invitations to a deeper relationship with God and spiritual direction is a place where help is available to dive into them.
Together, in spiritual direction, we can explore where God is at work in your life, and you can learn new ways to be open to Him so that you may know Him more deeply and know yourself more truthfully. One of the best parts of direction is that you don't have to be alone in your process. I desire to create a safe space to have honest conversations about how you are experiencing your life with God and the ways in which he might seem absent. I intend to listen deeply to your heart and the Holy Spirit’s work in your life and help you notice where God might be revealing himself to you in different ways. In direction, I have an emphasis on feeling -WITH- God, as I believe this builds a deeper trust and dependance on Him. I practice this by reflecting what you might be experiencing and feeling in the here and now. I often use imaginative prayer to help uncover what your deepest longings for God are throughout the direction session.
I completed my M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot School of Theology in 2018 and have been practicing spiritual direction since 2016. I have a varied denominational background (Vineyard, Non-Denominational, Anglican, and Methodist) which adds a wide range of faith expressions to my comprehensive understanding so there is nothing you might say that should surprise me regarding church experience. I have experience with Celebrate Recovery and 12-step programs, which can enrich the growth of those struggling in particular areas, as there is no part of our life that is outside of God's care and concern. I seek to support those in ministry, leadership, business, missionaries, the grieving, those beginning to explore the faith, or those simply wanting to grow spiritually with Jesus in simple ways. Using your dreams as an avenue of spiritual growth is also something that can be incorporated within the direction relationship.
I give spiritual direction at Biola for the Center for Spiritual Renewal and I also have a private practice for direction in Costa Mesa, California.
I am a So Cal native, with a 10-year stint on a farm in Montana. I am currently embracing my season/calling with close friends and lots of books on spiritual growth and psychology. My current research topics include: celibacy as a vocation, anger, shame, spiritual friendship, trauma in the body, the sacraments as a means of grace, and attachment to God.