Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thomas Moore gets it

"I’m tempted to say that every illness is primarily a soul malady and only secondarily a physical problem. In sickness, the soul comes into the foreground. It asks for attention. If its wounds are addressed, then perhaps the physical manifestations will no longer be necessary. But care of the soul is not a surface activity; nor is it easy. It demands that you finally confront yourself and decide to live fully rather than halfheartedly. It asks that you learn to love with your whole heart and get over any self-pity or cynicism that may still remain in your heart. It asks that you transcend yourself in genuine concern for others and in a feeling of community that knows no boundaries. This is not an easy task, but it is the only way, finally, to health."
- Thomas Moore, Dark Nights of the Soul

1 comment:

Editor said...

Thank you for posting this great quote that includes many of the themes Thomas Moore has written about in his various books about soul. If your readers and you are interested in Moore's work, you may want to visit a blog dedicated to him called Barque: Thomas Moore at . It links to a free forum where readers are encouraged to post their reactions to his observations. Moore's latest manuscript, about soul and medicine, may elaborate ideas worthy of comment on your mind-body blog. Thanks again, for sharing this passage from Dark Nights of the Soul.