Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sense the magic, mystery and imagination in life

"Enchantment invites us to pause and to be arrested by whatever is before us; instead of our doing something, something is done to us. This is the way of the soul, which is primarily the receptive power in us; by letting ourselves be slowed down and affected by nature, we are fashioned into persons of substance, even if at a more active, conscious level we are forcefully engaged in becoming something else."
— Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

Jeff Stroud starts yesterday's blog entry, "Engaged in Becoming", with the above quote from Moore's book and then describes how it and other writing "bathed me in renewing activity of the senses. That included a trip to the Town Center formerly the Mall, to a week-long used book sale with my friend Linda, which included a journey over to the library so she could use their computers while I perused the videos and bookshelves."

His post includes nature photographs and a link to a review of The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life on the Spirituality & Practice site. This S&P review includes, "Moore's juiciest volume to date pinpoints magic, play, mystery, and imagination as wands that can renew and restore both our private and public lives." Spirituality & Practice also offers an excerpt from The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life about Silence.