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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Get up! Wake up! Arise! Resurrect to new life daily!

Thomas Moore shares his Easter message as an invitation to all:

"We are living in a new era, when exclusive attention to a single spiritual tradition is not necessary for most of us. In that spirit, I see Easter as a celebration for everyone. It’s an essential and profound piece in the theological imagination of Jesus, but it is also a deep-seated mystery for us all. We all die our small deaths as life makes its demands, and we can all resurrect again and again."

Moore quotes an excerpt from the Resurrection section of Norman O. Brown’s book, Love’s Body that includes, "'The creator spirit stands in the grave, in the midden heap, the dunghill of culture [as in Finnegans Wake]; breaking the seal of familiarity; breaking the cake of custom; rolling the stone from the sepulcher; giving the dead metaphor new life.'"

Following the passage, Moore writes, "The very significance of our lives and the world in which we live resurrects when we bring imagination to it all."

"Time for old hopes to resurrect and enjoy their springtime, to be led out of darkness, to be vital. Easter is for everyone." 
 @thomasmooreSoul 31 March 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Moore teaches online through Meridian University

EDITOR'S UPDATE: This program is postponed to a later start date in 2013. (15 May 2013)

Meridian University announces Wednesday 29 May, 2013 is the start date for a seven-week online course with Thomas Moore — Care of the Soul: Cultivating a Profoundly Spiritual Way of Life. A preliminary notice appears under the section, "Additional Upcoming Programs at Meridian," in a recent email from the university.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Join Thomas Moore in Ireland to play soulful golf

Sign up now for Thomas Moore's golf retreat in Killarney, Ireland, May 12 to May 17, 2013. Your deposit, due shortly, will reserve a spot for this five-night golfing event that combines soul talk with the strengths of the game. The Dunloe Hotel in Beaufort is main base for outings to:
* Killarney Killeen Course, 
* Waterville Golf Links,
* Old Head Golf Links,
* Ballybunion Old Course.

In addition to the food, music, transportation, entertainment and leisure activities provided, Thomas Moore offers pre- and post-golf discussions about soul and golf. You don't need to play well to enjoy this unique community, although you may learn tips to improve your game.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Atheists and agnostics may nurture own religion

Today's blog post, "A Religion of One's Own" by Thomas Moore describes his approach in this new book to be published by Gotham Books later this year:
"I wrote this book for people who are finished, as I was, with the familiar organized religions but still want a religious life of some kind. I’ve never wanted to leave behind the monasticism of my early years. I found it fulfilling in almost every way. I love its particular kind of spirituality and its aesthetics. So I bring a monastic style to my everyday life.
My ideal is to saturate my secular living with the lessons and qualities I have learned from my Catholicism and my study of the world’s spiritual traditions. I also want to saturate my spirituality, my own personal religion, with the secular lifestyle that I love so much. My ideal is a spiritual secular life or a secular spiritual life. I like situations where you can’t separate the two."
Moore's book is for members of a traditional religions and for people of no religion:
"Whether you are a church member, a seeker, or an atheist or agnostic, you can still nurture a religion of your own. I don’t mean a self-centered, introspective religion, but one that you have made your own through your own values, tastes and understanding."
He writes about community as all people creating ways to honour transcendence in this world.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Spend an April day with Moore in New York City

Register now for Two Half-Day Workshops with Thomas Moore at the New York Open Center in New York City on Saturday 6 April 2013. When you register for both workshops at the same time the combined price is:
Members: $110,
Non-members: $140
Course code: 13WP43S

The morning workshop explores the myth of Artemis and how her attributes may guide us today. The afternoon workshop discusses Hermes. Moore suggests that C. G. Jung, James Hillman and D. W. Winnicott valued the stories of this god. He looks at them "as they model a free, imaginative and unusually deep approach to life and work."  

Barque coverage
30 Dec 2012 "Artemis and Hermes speak to us in New York"

Friday, March 08, 2013

Foresta interviews Moore on Breakfree to Success

Today Doug Foresta interviews Thomas Moore on Breakfree to Success, his Blog Talk Radio program, "A Religion Of One's Own: With Thomas Moore". Moore talks about his new book to be published by Gotham Books (Penguin) later this year and about his golf retreat planned for May 12-17 in Killarney, Ireland to which everyone is invited. The interview is approximately 25 minutes.

During the interview Moore distinguishes between an educated person and an informed person by suggesting the former is reflective, complicated and interesting. He refers to ordinary mysticism as a desirable approach to satisfy current religious needs and considers poetry by D. H. Lawrence, Anne Sexton and Pablo Neruda as contributions to sacred literature. He also talks about the religious significance of ordinary activities.

Moore releases promo video and March newsletter

Thomas Moore releases a short video to promote his golf retreat in Killarney, Ireland scheduled for 12 May to 17 May 2013. To register for this event, visit Golf with a Soul Retreat. Non-golfers are welcome. In his video Moore says, "I have a sense that this could be the best event that I will have done, I mean, at any time. I'm getting quite excited about it."

In his March 2013 Newsletter, Moore invites readers to "Meet me in NY, at Kripalu or in Ireland" as he describes events planned for the first half of this year. He is finishing his new book, A Religion of One's Own with publisher Gotham Books (Penguin). It may be available in Fall, 2013.
"... a unique guide to rediscovering deep, personal meaning in the modern world by embracing secular life as a religion in its own right. For agnostics, atheists, seekers, and religious devotees alike, Moore offers an alternative: a religion inspired by the practices of formal traditions [and] built around ordinary yet soulful activities ... In this singular primer, Moore provides gentle suggestions and luminous anecdotes of individuals who have forged their own religions — such as Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez’s pilgrimage on the sacred path of Santiago de Compostela, and the story of a Brooklyn housewife whose sublime renditions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations rise to the level of epiphany."
"I use the word religion, fully redefined, because 'spirituality' tends to be too vague, abstract and self-centered."


Friday, March 01, 2013

Moore talks about the book he is writing now

In Your Right Mind host Moksha Lea interviews Thomas Moore at "IYRM with Thomas Moore" for KOS.FM in California. While talking about the book, A Religion of One's Own he is writing, Moore recommends that people:
* Be open to mystical experiences,
* Practice spiritual reading (lectio divina) daily, and
* Consider their dreams.

Moore answers questions about his book The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (1998) and he touches on death at the end of the interview. The audio file runs approximately one hour beginning with relaxation and affirmation exercises. Moore's interview starts at 16:26.