SDI Webinar: Caring for Soul and Spirit with Thomas Moore

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Description

Caring for Soul and Spirit

Thomas Moore

Presenter

Frederica Helmiere

Facilitator

Dates

Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27

Time

12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern

Duration

75 minutes

 

Sessions will be recorded.

 

This is a rare opportunity to engage with Thomas Moore, psychotherapist, former monk, and writer of popular spiritual books, including the New York Times bestseller “Care of the Soul”.

Does your companioning practice include “soulful spirituality”? In our companioning work, how do we care for both Spirit and Soul?  When we as companions aim for the higher spiritual goals of meaning, the perfection of the self, contemplation, art, and spiritual practice, it is important to bring along a deep sense of soul matters—emotions, relationships, work, personal history.

Spirit takes us into the future, toward perfection and evolution, with great vision and ideals and standards of behavior.  Soul is embedded in everyday life of emotions, relationships, work, play, sexuality and pleasure. Both are essential and demand our attention. One is incomplete without the others. Spirit without soul becomes dry, rigid, moralistic, perfectionistic and nervous about the body.  Soul without spirit has no spirit of adventure, deep creativity, thought for the future or order and form.  Now is the time to develop “soulful spirituality.”

This 4-part webinar explores the dynamic interplay between soul and spirit, guided by a deep thinker who is also deeply contemplative – a modern-day wisdom teacher. This is a rare chance in to listen to and engage with Thomas Moore, psychotherapist, former monk, and writer of popular spiritual books, including the New York Times bestseller “Care of the Soul”.

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Schedule

Week 1

Soul and spirit are two directions a meaningful life can take, two elements in our basic make-up as human beings. Spirit aims high toward perfection, future bliss, order, a sense of the cosmos, high states of contemplation and being. Soul is embedded in ordinary life and consists of intimate emotions and relationships, home, family, sexuality, the imperfect life, shadow or dark qualities, failure and loss.  Soul makes us human, while spirit gives us transcendent vision. Both are necessary and valuable, and each are best when the other is present.

 

Week 2

Certain religions and their figureheads demonstrate this union of soul and spirit.  Jesus is surrounded by friends and family as he teaches his way of love and community. The first shall be last. Look at the lilies in the field for an example of how to be. Help your neighbor even if you have nothing in common. The Buddha recommends a Middle Way between asceticism and worldliness. The sangha or community is essential. Zen master Shunryu Suzuki suggests seeing your way as “nothing special.” Jesus’ first miraculous sign is to supply excellent wine at a wedding party.  The Tao Te Ching recommends not striving. Accomplish much by doing nothing. 

Week 3

In the soul psychology of James Hillman we “go with the symptom” and not against it.  If you’re sad, you can go deeper into your sadness, not to indulge in it or make it worse, but to feel it and know it better, ultimately to go through it rather than beyond it.  We see that our problems point to what is painful but also what is needed.  If you are lonely, you may need to be creatively alone more often or be more of an individual.

Week 4

Soul is the depth of the ordinary. Your “spiritual”practice could be more ordinarily and material.  Woodworking and gardening offer opportunities for contemplation. Walking is a good spiritual practice (read Thoreau’s essay on it) or making music.  You can cook for friendship and sensory pleasure and not just for health or principle. Jesus was an Epicurean, loving to have his friends with him at dinner, and others, as well. A soulful life is warm and intimate, a good base for spiritual practice.

Facilitators

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. He has written twenty-four other books about bringing soul to personal life and culture, deepening spirituality, humanizing medicine, finding meaningful work, imagining sexuality with soul and doing religion in a fresh way. In his youth he was a Catholic monk and studied music composition. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University and was a university professor for a number of years. He is also a psychotherapist influenced mainly by C. G. Jung and James Hillman. He often travels and lectures, hoping to help create a more soulful society.

Frederica Helmiere

Frederica serves as Director of Programs and Events at SDI. Inspired by the subversive-mystical Christian tradition and a penchant for mountains, she has spent two decades exploring entanglements at the intersections of spirituality, social justice, and ecology. She holds two masters degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Religion & Environmental studies. She lives and plays in Seattle with her partner and two young children.

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