By Kent Berkley
Barb Sajna’s first career was rooted in conflict and adversarial-based relationships. She started as an attorney but redirected her life path after a health crisis prompted her to take stock of her past and revision her future. Barb says she undertook a lengthy spiritual search that led her to seek training for the priesthood. After more than two decades serving in her role at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church she has observed different pathways people take to embark on spiritual journeys.
Barb says people can set and implement spiritual goals within or outside the framework of traditional religious disciplines. She says that the framework within which the spiritual journey occurs will influence how a person measures progress on their individual journey. Within traditional spiritual disciplines, there is often a structured format with steps to follow for spiritual growth. She says that those who undertake a spiritual journey outside tradition may have fewer outside tools and resources at their disposal, but can achieve spiritual growth through reflection and developing a sense of compassion that will enhance the common good. She recommends that all spiritual journeyers regardless of framework write their obituary early so they can live into the kind of life they are called to have.