Thursday, August 09, 2012

Moore introduces associations with "care" of soul

Family Scholars shares Svetlana Goretaya’s post "Thoughts on Care" in which she quotes Thomas Moore’s definition of "care" from his book, Care of the Soul. Moore writes:
"The word "care" implies a way of responding to expressions of the soul that is not heroic and muscular. Care is what a nurse does, and "nurse" happens to be one of the early meanings of the Greek word therapeia, or therapy. ... Cura, the Latin word used originally in "care of the soul," means several things: attention, devotion, husbandry, adorning the body, healing, managing, being anxious for, and worshiping the gods. It might be a good idea to keep all these meanings in mind as we try to see as concretely as possible how we might make the shift from psychotherapy as we know it today to care of the soul."
Goretaya concludes, "There is something deeply and quietly human and ennobling about this kind of care. Here, care is used as a lead into a wider discussion on psychotherapy — it’s not an exhaustive definition, but being interested in therapy and psychology, it is fascinating to examine and meditate on this particularly rich facet of care."