Wednesday, February 08, 2017

How do we bolster soul nourishment at this time?

Jim Walsh recommends Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore in "Escape from Trump Island" for Southwest Journal:
"As the Muslim ban and everything that came before it and after proves, Trump is the worst of us: a fake thug, capitalist pig and tool of evil with no discernible inner life or spirituality. To distance myself from the ape, I cracked Krista Tippet’s Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living and Thomas Moore’s Care Of The Soul, both of which provide guidance for going deep and navigating the shallow world.  More than anything, I’ve found gold in nightly readings of 1992’s The Way To Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello ..."
For visual escapism, Walsh describes La La Land: "Finally, 2017’s most popular box office draw, La La Land, is a much-needed reminder that all is not lost. Pure Hollywood escapism to be sure, but it’s also proof positive that sheer beauty can burst forth even in times of stultifying ugliness. The mere idea of falling in love, or of people going after their artistic dreams, is the sort of soul nourishment that’s eroding under Trump, much like the new regime’s coming cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and forthcoming war on net neutrality puts a chill on imagination itself."

Moore repeatedly emphasizes artistic expression and appreciation in his books as connected to soul making. Let's strengthen thee connections now.