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Author: Kimberly Pelletier & Samuel Ogles

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A podcast of question and exploration, not question and answer; for those curious about spiritual direction and the spiritual life.
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We explore the question of healing within friendships during this challenging time. Masks, gatherings, politics - individuals are making decisions that vary widely with previously close friends. What does this mean for the future of these friendships? What can healing look like in these times? Listen in as we explore this important question.   Your hosts: Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.  
In this episode we follow our guide, Sheila Wise Rowe, exploring the realities of healing racial trauma. This episode is relevant for all skin colors. Sheila is author of the book Healing Racial Trauma: the road to resilience. In it, she tells the truth and offers stories hope.  We are doing a first of it's kind here on AASD a **BOOK GIVEAWAY!!**  You can get Sheila's book for free!  Here's how to enter: ·      Listen to the episode·      Leave us a review on iTunes·      Email your Apple ID to askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com (so we can verify your entry)·      Do it all by November 15th ·      A random winner will be chosen Nov. 16th and notified by email!  How to connect with Sheila and her work: Sheila's website: https://sheilawiserowe.com/Sheila's book: https://www.ivpress.com/healing-racial-traumaCyrene Movement on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thecyrenemovement/The Cyrene Movement: https://thecyrenemovement.com/Rehoboth House: https://therehobothhouse.com/  Your hosts: Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/ Samuel Ogles https://www.samuelogles.com/ Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/. Add your question to be explored on the episode at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fd Email us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.   
If you are feeling any questions about church and the current, or future, role of faith communities this will be an interesting episode for you. You will find yourself in the questions and exploration of "what is happening in the church right now?" Listen in. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this episode we explore what can ideological and political healing can look like in 2020. We welcome Dr. Andrew DeCort from the Neighbor-Love Movement in Ethiopia as we explore both the ideas of loving the "other" and the experience of engaging the healing for ourselves, our neighbors, and our society.  You will find this a uniquely challenging, inviting, and hopeful conversation. Connect with Andrew and his work: FACEBOOK: Follow the Neighbor-Love Movement’s page: @Balinjeraye Dr. Andrew DeCort's personal website: www.andrew-decort.comThe Neighbor-Love Movement website: www.nlmglobal.orgYour hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this episode Kimberly and Sam explore the question what does healing look like within extended families? These relationships can often be complicated but politics, lockdowns and 2020 in general have spotlighted already existing strains for many extended family relationships. Listen in as we explore what healing can look like.Your hosts: Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
Recorded in June 2020 on the heals of the George Floyd protests, we explore a contemplative approach to the racial tension in America. How does our interior contemplation affect our exterior life? Are there ways we can approach this time in history with a contemplative path that ushers in justice? Listen in as two white spiritual directors explore this important topic, add your voice to the conversation, and join us for what's next. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this special episode we explore opportunities for transformation during this time of global pandemic that go far beyond "trust God" and "have faith." Join us for a fresh way of seeing and engaging this strange time in our lives. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this special episode we explore the existence of hope. What does hope look like the time of a global pandemic? Sit with us as we explore what consistent hope might look and feel like in a world that is updating daily. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this special episode we explore the question about how to deal with the the people who think differently than us about the global pandemic - whatever your opinions may be.  Sit with us as we explore this frustration and outrage so many are experiencing throughout the US and the globe as leaders make varying decisions and individuals have their own opinions. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this special episode we explore the question about how we deal with the existential grief we are feeling during this global pandemic. During social distancing, economic uncertainty, sickness and death where do we go with our feelings? Sit with us as we explore this question many of us have during these days. Your hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Add your question to be explored on the episode at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?ts=5c69d7fdEmail us with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
This question gets deep quickly as we explore the psychology and spirituality of growth and acceptance. What motivates us to grow if we are already fully loved? Is that even the "right" way to think about it? We also touch on burnout, transition, and experiencing the freshness of the Spirit. Listen in as we explore this question. Respond to us with your thoughts and ideas about the necessity or lack thereof of church in our times.No question is too awkward or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
Recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we explore the church as a listener asked "is church really necessary anymore?" Honestly, we would explore this question today differently than we did at the end of January when we recorded this episode, but we are part of an ongoing conversation and wanted to publish this anyhow. Respond to us with your thoughts and ideas about the necessity or lack thereof of church in our times. No question is too awkward or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
Listen in as we explore the sentiment "I feel like I should be doing more with the spiritual disciplines, how do I get motivated to start?" We explore why people might feel this way and how to approach this within the context of healthy spirituality and what role desire plays in our spiritual life. No question is too awkward or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Link to Adele Calhoun's book Spiritual Disciplines Handbookhttps://www.ivpress.com/spiritual-disciplines-handbookRespond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this episode Kimberly & Sam explore the messy question of what we do when Christian leaders we've trusted fail and wound? Things get interesting as we get into the "me too" "church too" movement, the patriarchy, structural challenges within the church, and the limits of personal transformation. As always, we are very interested in your feedback and thoughts! Email us at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com OR Leave us a question hereFind Kimberly at:https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Find Sam at: https://www.samuelogles.com/The article referenced that Kimberly wrote on her experience with Sexual Assault: https://redbudwritersguild.com/understanding-i-was-a-victim-released-me-from-living-as-one/
Follow us around the enneagram circle as we consider what it looks like to survive The Holidays based on the enneagram number you most identify with. This episode can help you cultivate a gentle noticing based on the enneagram can help you survive the Holidays in a new way. Submit a question for our regular seasonNo question is too awkward or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts:Kimberly Pelletierhttps://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/The Art of Telah website (specific article link coming December 19, 2019): http://www.theartoftaleh.com/Samuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Book mentioned- Safe People: How to find people that are good for you and avoid those that aren't. Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
From politics to the pulpit this is a question you could get a myriad of answers on these days. Come explore this question with us as we wind down season one. It's been great to have you listening, be sure to subscribe to be the first to hear when we go live with season 2! No question is too awkward or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts: Kimberly Pelletier https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Mindfulness & Meditation retreat: https://theperchplace.myshopify.com/products/mindfulness-retreatSamuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
From purity culture to online dating and loaded ideas scattered all around dating culture we explore the question: Is it okay for a Christian to date a non-Christian? Whether you are dating now, considering it, raising a future dater, or reflecting on your dating past this episode will give you much to consider and offer you a gracious space to do so. No question is too small or insignificant. Submit your question to the podcast!  Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts: Kimberly Pelletier https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/Mindfulness & Meditation retreat: https://theperchplace.myshopify.com/products/mindfulness-retreatSamuel Ogleshttps://www.samuelogles.com/Sam's Enneathing You Need newsletter about the Enneagram in and for real life: https://enneathingyouneed.substack.com/.Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
Ah, masturbation. How does one engage individual sexual satisfaction in light of their pursuit of spiritual growth and religion? How would a spiritual director explore this question? Listen in as we explore this still-rather-taboo topic.    Now that you know we will explore any question, Submit your question to the podcast!!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts: https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/https://www.samuelogles.com/Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
So many people are hurt by the tension of this topic. This is part 2 of 3 in a sexuality series, this time exploring the question "Is homosexuality a sin?" Listen in as we navigate the church-wide landmines, regardless of theological disposition, within this charged topic. Part 3 in episode 13 next week explores the questions of masturbation and spirituality.  Now that you know we will explore any question, Submit your question to the podcast!!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fdYour hosts: https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/https://www.samuelogles.com/Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
In this episode Sam and Kimberly explore part 1 of 3 in a sexuality series "Are we born with a sexual orientation or do we choose it?" Listen in as we navigate the church-wide landmines, regardless of theological disposition, within this charged topic. Part 2 in episode 12 next week explores the questions, "Is homosexuality a sin?" Now that you know we will explore any question, Submit your question to the podcast!!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bbfb9RZ_RRl7_I_-xxW3jVPAG88pdfRKQeadmE7nw8/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=5c69d7fd Your hosts: https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com/https://www.samuelogles.com/Respond with your thoughts, reflections, or disagreements at askaspiritualdirector@gmail.com. We always love to hear from you.
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