The New Year brings many new workout ideas and self promises. Exchanging one way of life for another. Each carry a burden- a burden of a current life and the disappointments we have with our present state of being. There is the burden of change, the constant re-affirming of the will that certain changes will bring about a significant change, a certain amount of personal affirmation.
In Spiritual direction, there enters a tension, the weight one has of their current life: expectations, desires, burdens, and loves. Spiritual direction encourages us to exchange that weight. Exchange the Glory of one self and to focus on the weight or Glory of God.
That is one significant difference between counseling and spiritual direction, the weight is under different consideration. Counseling considers the weight one bears and how to lighten our burdens or change them to something else more palatable. But in spiritual direction, we exchange the weight, the focus of our glory and change it to the focus on the weight, Glory, honor of God. To view ourselves compared to His Glory. Exchange our glory for His.
Spiritual directors help us to work through and navigate the exchange.