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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Garrison Institute shares interview with Moore

Watch the interview Thomas Moore at the Garrison Institute in which Moore talks about differences between religion and spirituality, and soul and spirit based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Moore spoke at the Garrison Institute at the beginning of April, 2014.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Learn how to live a sacred life in a secular world

Ten thousand flowers in Spring,
the moon in Autumn,
a cool breeze in Summer,
snow in Winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
— Wu Men Huikai (1183–1260)
The Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut hosts Thomas Moore from Friday 14 November to Sunday 16 November, 2014: A Sacred Way of Life in a Secular World: Living a Soulful Life.
"The spirit illumines and inspires the soul, so that when we truly live from a deep place, anything and everything can become sacred. Nature, objects of art, family, community and one’s own life journey can all be sacred. This retreat will show in detail how to find the sacred and to live from the soul in everyday life, adding richness, depth and connection." 
Tuition is $250 + Accommodation choice. Register online now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Listen to Moore's podcast for Psychology Today

Read an abridged transcript or better yet, listen to the podcast of  "An interview with Thomas Moore" by Mark Matousek for Psychology Today. During the audio recording, approximately 22 minutes, Moore talks about healing, shadow, religion, grief and cycles of the soul. He says:
"I’m interested in these aspects of the soul, things that happen in our hearts that just go on and on. I’ve seen it in myself over years. I see little changes in some issue, but it remains there and it doesn’t go away. I think that’s a little intimation of eternity. There’s a timelessness. The alchemists used to talk about a rotazione, a rotation of themes. That’s how I see it sometimes. A slow wheel turning around and around and we think that we have solved it but then it comes back again. I think it’s very interesting to look at it that way. That’s why I like Jung’s use of alchemy in talking about dealing with sadness and illness."

24-26 October 2014
New England Educational Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Soul

8 November 2014
London, U.K.
A Religion of One's Own
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14-16 November 2014
Copper Beech Institute
West Hartford, Connecticut
A Sacred Way of Life in a Secular World: Living a Soulful Life

21-22 November 2014
Community for Integrative Learning
Wilmington, Delaware
Leader's Insight: "A Religion of One's Own"

Friday, May 02, 2014

Moore lauds style and humility of Pope Francis

Photo credit: Greg Garrison
While Thomas Moore is in Birmingham, Alabama tonight and tomorrow for programs based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own, Greg Garrison speaks with him about his approaches under the headline, "Former monk speaking tonight in Birmingham advocates creating your own religion, but praises new pope".

Garrison writes:
"The whole attitude to Catholicism has changed because the pope makes his own breakfast," said Moore, one of America's bestselling spiritual authors. "He has done wonderful things already just in his style. I do think style is important. I don't know that it will translate to any changes in the law of the church."
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He has been impressed with Pope Francis setting a tone of humility and creating an emphasis on caring for the poor. "I would hope that he would translate that excellent style and bring some changes," Moore said. "He's got so much goodwill in the world. That's worth a lot."
Other popes have hurt the church by a lack of simplicity, Moore said. "All this pomp and circumstance has hurt the papacy," Moore said. "At the personal level, I still consider myself Catholic. You can't get rid of it." 
Moore's workshop tomorrow Saturday 3 May, starts at 9:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 518 19th St. North. The Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion (SPAFER) and the Friends of Jung-South co-sponsor these events. Tickets are available at the door.