Welcome to lindsayboyer.com!
This website is designed to support and inspire people who are filled with spiritual longing, interested in deepening their spiritual lives, uncomfortable with institutional religion or unsure where they fit in spiritually. It is full of information about contemplative prayer practices, exploration of different faith traditions, and ways to stay grounded while pursuing spiritual growth. If you dream of a God more beautiful than anything religion has shown you, I promise you your dream is true.
I am a spiritual director specializing in working with people like myself who are uncomfortable with institutional religion. I also work with clients who have more than one faith affiliation or no faith affiliation. In my spiritual direction practice, I help people to listen for the voice of the sacred in their lives. I was raised as an Episcopalian, and Christianity still forms the core of my faith. However, I have learned an enormous amount by exploring the practices of other traditions, in particular the meditation of Zen Buddhism, the worship and yoga of Hinduism, and the qigong energy work of Taoism. These practices have helped me to better understand and explore the contemplative traditions of Christianity, which have been neglected for centuries in the west but which are now being rediscovered in forms such as centering prayer and lectio divina.
I have a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Master of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from General Theological Seminary. In previous careers I have worked as a market researcher and jewelry designer. I have traveled on pilgrimage to the temples of India with the monks of the Saiva Siddhanta Hindu Church, studied Shambhala meditation through the level of Golden Key, and practiced qigong with Master Rong-Er Shen and Master Yi Wu. I have taught courses on the psalms and on seeker spirituality at Union Theological Seminary. I lead a weekly centering prayer group on Tuesday nights at seven pm at Grace Church Brooklyn, and I am a student of senior centering prayer teacher David Frenette and co-lead his March retreats at the Garrison Institute in Garrison NY. In Fall 2013 at General Theological Seminary I will be teaching as an adjunct professor a course on exploring spiritual presence and practice through digital media.