Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Moore's book inspires art installation in Orlando

The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida hosts an exhibit inspired by Thomas Moore's book, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life. Scroll down this linked page to the museum's description for Trés Taylor's enCHANTment showing from 31 May 2013 to 5 January 2014:
"Contemporary self-taught artist Trés Taylor transforms the front gallery into an extraordinary meditation room. With enCHANTment, Taylor has created an installation of light and beauty that uses imagery from a monastic life to remind his audience of the joy and necessity of living a life of enchantment. Taylor was inspired by the book The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore, in which the writer explains that 'an enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love, and union with the world around us.'"

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: "Always trust life"

Yesterday was "Teilhard de Chardin Day" for Spirituality & Practice's Naming the Days feature. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and geologist was born 1 May 1881 and died 10 April, 1955.

According to S&P, one of Teilhard's tenets was "Always trust life." The site's book review of Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Teilhard de Chardin includes, "Seeing Christ in all things enabled Teilhard to sense the presence of God as a process moving life forward with meaning. The spiritualization of the world was underway. Nourished by enthusiastic devotion and practice, Teilhard challenged us to combine our love of God with an ardent faith in the world." He has been a major influence on Thomas Moore's writings.

Quotes attributed to Teilhard:
"Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves."

"The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others."

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."

Monday, April 08, 2013

Remorse has intelligence and bite to initiate change

Carol Miers blogs about differences between remorse and regret as described by Thomas Moore in his book, Dark Nights of the Soul.

She quotes Moore's view that regret is a stale emotion, full of ego, without deep roots ... "and though feelings of regret can be intense, they lack an intelligence and bite that motivate a significant shift in attitude." Remorse, however, can lead to change: "The word 'regret' means to weep, but 'remorse' means to bite, as in the word 'morsel'."

Readers interested in these difference between remorse and regret may consider Moore's 1989 article, "Re-Morse: An Initiatory Disturbance of the Soul", published in The Psychotherapy Patient, volume 5, issue 1-2, 1989, pages 83-94. Read the abstract, then download the complete text.