What the Soul Needs

November 10, 2014

“It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture soul.  The soul has different concerns of equal value:  downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”
— Thomas Moore, from Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing by Susan Wooldridge

Solitude on the ocean's edge

Solitude on the ocean’s edge

These early-dark days are about as perfect for soul work as any.  A time to remember that suffering, depression, stresses, chronic challenges, all are food for inner growth — as difficult as it is to struggle through them.  In fact, it sounds like the perfect time of year for a retreat, of even a few days.  We must all remember to take care of ourselves.

 

 

 

Soulful Emptiness

October 4, 2014

 

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

“Soulful emptiness is not anxious.  In fact, power pours in when we sustain the feeling of emptiness and withstand temptations to fill it prematurely.  We have to contain the void.  Too often we lose this pregnant emptiness by reaching for substitutes for power. . . . The soul has no room in which to present itself if we continually fill all the gaps with bogus activities.”
— Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

Dale Chihuly glass collection, Tacoma Art Museum

Soulful Cats

October 9, 2009

Our cat, Jellybean

Our cat, Jellybean

“I love cats because I enjoy my home, and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
     — Jean Cocteau