Care Of The Soul
A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
by Thomas Moore
The great malady of the twentieth century, implicated in all of our troubles and affecting us individually and socially is "loss of soul." When soul is neglected, it doesn't just go away; it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence, and loss of meaning. Our temptation is to isolate these symptoms or to try to eradicate them one by one; but the root problem is that we have lost our wisdom about soul to advise us when we succumb to moods and emotional pain, or when as a nation we find ourselves confronting a host of threatening evils. But within our history we do have remarkable sources of insight from people who wrote explicitly about the nature and needs of the soul, and so we can look to the past for guidance in restoring this wisdom. In this book I will draw on that past wisdom, taking into account how we live now, to show that by caring for the soul we can find relief from our distress and discover deep satisfaction and pleasure.
--Thomas Moore, from the Introduction.
"From time to time I've been jolted by an extraordinary book which stops my world. It forces me to look at reality in a different way - a more expansive and meaningful way. It has provided a missing piece for me."
--John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming
The sincerity, intelligence and style - so beautifully clean - of Tom Moore's Care of the Soul truly moved me. The book's got strength and class and soul, and I suspect may last longer than psychology itself."
--James Hillman, author of Re-Visioning Psychology
Thomas Moore is a leading lecturer and writer in North America and Europe in the areas of archetypal psychology, mythology, and the imagination. He lived as a monk in a Catholic religious order for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy.