Care, Not Cure Of The Soul

Another Week, Another Assignment

soulThere 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 Β a Β 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 Β 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

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soulWhen 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.

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In his Introduction of the book, Moore writes that “the emotional complaints of our time…include:

  • emptiness
  • meaninglessness
  • 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

soulNot 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!


Claudette P. Esterine

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56 thoughts on “Care, Not Cure Of The Soul

  1. People often neglect their souls. There are so many tasks per day and sometimes the self-care is left behind. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and and you are so right! Thanks Nicole! πŸ™‚

  2. Sauumye

    The title is so complete in itself. Taking care of the soul is so much better. Love the way you have written it!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much Sauumye! You inspire me to write more. πŸ™‚

  3. Taking care of our soul is quintessential to living a fulfilled life. I believe we truly take care of our soul when we become mindful of all our thoughts and actions. My religion emphasizes on always being conscious of everything, from my thoughts, intentions to even a little action.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for such a thought-filled comment Shaheen! And what religion is that? I would love to learn more. πŸ™‚

  4. Your article makes me to read the book and many more like this. Thanks for your share. Loved it!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for the visit and comment. πŸ™‚

  5. [ Smiles ] I love your concept on taking care of the soul.

  6. Looks like a very interesting read. I’m curious to see how you like it!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I have read it several times before…this time with completely differently eyes and yes, I will share what I see Michelle. πŸ™‚

  7. Just the title is all I need to read! Its so important to take care of your soul!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Hope you read more though πŸ™‚ Yes, it is important…paramount. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post of wisdom! Care not Cure! Love that!

  9. Care for oneself, but physically and mentally is so important. Too often we focus on physical maintenance and de-stressing without dealing with everything else we need to be happy!


  10. Hannah

    I already love the book just by reading your article. Interesting!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Aww…that is so nice to hear Hannah! Thanks for the visit. πŸ™‚

  11. What we feed our soul ends up as what we see in our life, health, wealth and daily life. Isnt it thus practical to feed our soul with goodness, love, joy, peace, kindness and all the fruits of the SPIRIT!

    Care is what is necessary and if we model nature we dont need no cures for anyting! πŸ™‚

  12. That sounds like a really good book. I’m going to look it up
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  13. I went to see a medium recently and she told me that I have a very caring soul. This is a very lovely post. xx
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you liked it Anna! Thanks for the visit. πŸ™‚

  14. Samantha

    We sometimes forget to care for this part of ourselves.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Too often we do, sadly Samantha! πŸ™‚

  15. Our soul is what defines us and if we don’t take good care of it, we’re going to feel lost. There are plenty of ways to take good care of our soul.

  16. Elizabeth O.

    This really made me think, we often focus on our strengths and never on our “dark” sides so to speak. It’s important that we don’t ignore each side of us.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Very important Elizabeth, very important. πŸ™‚

  17. This sounds like a book I need to read. My soul is in need of care. I am in the process of repairing all the broken parts, but some insight into fix whats broken would be helpful!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Leah, I do hope that you get it. You seem to have taken the first step though – acknowledging that you need to look deeper. You can buy the book through my Amazon links in the post or to the right of the page. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  18. Very interesting article. I am going to look in his book. I know someone that really can use it. Thank You

    1. Ms Claudette

      Sweet Cynthia! You can buy it through my Amazon links in the post and to the right of the page. Thanks for the visit. πŸ™‚

  19. I believe caring soul is more important than caring body . because your soul is the real you

  20. We experience a lot of things in our lives. I try my best to remind myself that I have to relax and have some time off. I always talk to my loved ones. I like that you mentioned that we should embrace and love our darkness and fears. It’s not easy to show others our vulnerabilities but it will help us understand others too.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely the embrace of our darkness and fears gives us much deeper insight to what’s really happening in our lives. Thanks for sharing Iza! πŸ™‚

  21. I agree that it’s important to take care of yourself in this regard. Whenever I need to recharge, Psalms and Proverbs get me back on track. Psalms because it’s like balm, and Proverbs because it’s straightforward advice reminds what is important.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Whatever works for you Kash (Mike)! Everyone of us have our balm and source of straightforward advice that it is wise to access daily! πŸ™‚

  22. Cristina Leau

    Interesting read. I never heard of that book, so it’s good to learn something new every day. Care for your soul it’s really important, how else are we suppose to go through this life?

    1. Ms Claudette

      Once we are open, we do learn something every day Cristina! Thanks for the visit. πŸ™‚

  23. I usually have difficulty reading books pertaining to psychology – they can be hard to understand. This one definitely piqued my curiosity since it has a spiritual side!
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    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you on that Natalie. This one, in my view, is very readable. Hope that you check it out. πŸ™‚

  24. I guess, according to Moore, my soul is being cared for because I feel none of those loss symptoms. That’s not to say I’ve never felt them, just not since I started studying and practicing metaphysics.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is awesome Richard! Yes, I too have been a student of metaphysics for over a decade now and though the ride has been bumpy at times, the rewards are greater! πŸ™‚

  25. Amanda H

    I have found that I am in need of self care. As a mom, I’ve found I neglected myself by putting myself on the back burner every time. I put my needs last. I decided this year that I will do or buy something for just me every month. Something I don’t share with anyone. I have started running and improving my health. I’m feeling better mentally and physically.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad to hear that you are proactively taking care of yourself first. It is not selfish to do so because you are of no use to anyone if you do not! Thanks for sharing Amanda! πŸ™‚

  26. Helene

    Care for the soul is so important. It often gets ignored.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is so true Helene, so true!

  27. I wish I had more time to read. I love the thought of caring for the soul and self care. Self Care can so easily be neglected. It is nice to have a little reminder.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Too easily neglected…we just have to make time, even five minutes a day will do. Thanks for sharing Kassi! πŸ™‚

  28. colleen patricia wool

    This sounds like a great book. I love your post,

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Colleen! Do visit again. πŸ™‚

  29. Overall health and self care is very important. Having kids makes me want to make sure I am healthy, as is my soul. I want them to hopefully be able to learn from me as they get older.

  30. It’s so important to care for the soul. I make sure to do this with me time. It helps a lot.
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  31. Care for the soul is just as important as caring for our physical bodies! Great post!

  32. This sounds like a great read. I know we can all use some care for our souls once in a while. I feel like it is something that too regularly gets neglected.

  33. Hi Ms Claudette, its been a while. I love the title of this post, Care Not Cure. We really need to care for those parts of our life that we tend to ignore, especially women. As usual you provide food for thought.

  34. robin Rue

    That sounds like a really interesting read. I want to check out this book.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You can check it out through my Amazon links in the post or at the right of the page. Thanks for the visit Robin! πŸ™‚

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