Another Week, Another Assignment
There are some statements, sayings, quotes – call them whatever you like – that just pisses me off! Here is one: “A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned.” Talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, popularized that one, however, it has its foundation in Buddhist teachings. At least that is where I first heard it. A lesson that was seemingly assigned to me this past week was taking care of my soul.
Wrapping up my reading, finally, of Dr. Peale’s Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, the title of my next read swiftly came to mind. Now, what is interesting about this latest book and Dr. Peale’s is that both are titles that have been in my “library” for over decade. Incidentally, you can get your copy of Dr. Peale’s book here and feel free to connect with me to discuss any part of it.
This new book is a perfect segue, if you will, as in my last post on 99 Problems, the suggestion to you was to embrace challenges. “Care Of The Soul” A Guide For Cultivating Depth And Sacredness In Everyday Life” by Thomas Moore was bought and read for the first couple of times while I was still living in Jamaica.
Care Of The Soul
A wonderful blend of psychological, spirituality and mythology this book, to borrow the words of one of the many reviewers,
“…may help you give up the futile quest for salvation and get down to the possible task of taking care of your soul.” Sam Keen
When it first came to my attention, my interest in the field of psychology was at its highest, so it was through those lens that it was read. In the end, the threads Moore weaved to mythology and ancient thought processes were the most enlightening. My spiritual journey had only begun in earnest. So while it was new territory, it was exciting to read the linkages.
Reading on the train this morning, where and when most of my reading gets done, it was from a completely different and deeper perspective. My soul is in need of care. Given the upheaval, strife, “othering” of people different from one’s self and quite frankly, the rise of hatred in our world – our collective soul is in need of care.
Moore sets the tone of the book in these words,
It isn’t about curing, fixing, changing, adjusting or making healthy, and it isn’t about some idea of perfection or even improvement. It doesn’t look to the future for an ideal, trouble-free existence. Rather, it remains patiently in the present, close to life as it presents itself day by day… .”
Symptoms That Your Soul Is In Need
My posts are not charted or mapped months in advance. In fact, some weeks, the topic of our conversation is decided the day of writing. The fact this is the third book being discussed (and recommended) is synchronicity. On a deeper level, it is my soul longing that is driving these writings. Medical and other challenges are on my plate at this point and the best way for me to grow and “thrive”through this is by listening to my heart.
In his Introduction of the book, Moore writes that “the emotional complaints of our time…include:
- vague depression
- disillusionment about marriage, family, and relationship
- a loss of values
- yearning for personal fulfillment
- a hunger for spirituality
He states that “all these symptoms reflect a loss of soul.” As a result, you know this as well as I do, “we yearn excessively for entertainment, power, intimacy, sexual fulfillment and material things.”
Care, Not Cure
Not sure how long it will take me to read it this time around, however, you are invited to join me. Get your copy of Care Of The Soul and let us do this together.
Contrary to what some seek in therapy, this is not about finding a cure for any of the symptoms named above. The aim, if you will, is to care for those parts of us that we might rather ignore. By caring, my meaning is the same as always – embrace and love our darkness, our fears, our anxieties.
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Have a great rest of the week and a new month – March!