Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Engage soul and spirit through your vocations

Today Michael D. Bobo reviews "A Life at Work by Thomas Moore" for As a Christian literature examiner, Bobo writes, "It is hard to envision a better candidate to communicate about the underlying purposes and spiritual value of working in this post modern grind." He summarizes Moore's approach to work, stressing the values of soul and spirit: "He proceeds to discuss soul and spirit since both must be engaged during work. Moore then takes an introspective turn to examine past experiences, failures, disappointments. A CV is a record of one's life experience. Moore suggests we have to engage our life story fully in order to move forward well in a life of work." Bobo ends his recommendation with a quote from the book about the process of maturation.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Doctor endorses holistic approach for medicine

Doctor Bob Leckridge responds in "Care of the Soul in Medicine" to the audio version of Thomas Moore’s book with the same title. Leckridge agrees “with both the broad thrust, and the detailed statements within his book.” Leckridge was inspired to read Albert Schweitzer whom Moore quotes and includes Schweitzer’s view: “The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.”

Leckridge shares that he "was a General Practitioner from 1982 through to the end of 1995. Since 1996 I have been working at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. The holistic approach to patients there really suits me. One of the guiding principles of homeopathy is that every one of us is unique. The particular medicine a patient needs is based on their whole experience. It’s not selected just for the disease they have. One of the things I love about my work is the stories patients tell me."


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Yoga instructor recommends Care of the Soul

Sophie Herbert emphasizes observing the soul during its care in her post "Be Your Own Witness: Yoga On and Off the Mat" for the Whole Living site. She references Thomas Moore's book, Care of the Soul: "This inspirational book of Moore’s, which is a personal favorite, is a guide for cultivating greater depth and spirituality in everyday life. Moore makes a very clear distinction between 'care of' and 'cure of' the soul. There is, in reality, nothing to cure, only complexities to accept, learn from, and work with. (It can be valuable to remember this in a society that over-medicates and often celebrates quick-fix-in-reality-Band-Aid solutions to problems of all shapes and size.)"

She writes: "This week, I invite you to remember your ability to be an empathetic witness of your mind both on and off the yoga mat. Patiently take stock of what’s going on." This suggestion precedes a number of questions to help students develop mindfulness.