The New York Times best-selling author and trusted spiritual adviser offers a follow up to his classic Care of the Soul. Something essential is missing from modern life. Many who've turned away from religious institutions - and others who have lived wholly without religion - hunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion's strict and often inflexible path to spirituality. In A Religion of One' s Own, best-selling author and former monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion. Two decades ago, Moore's Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of people yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In A Religion of One's Own, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery. He recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his 12 years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. Here, he shares stories of others who are creating their own path: a former football player now on a spiritual quest with the Pueblo Indians, a friend who makes a meditative practice of floral arrangements, and a well-known classical pianist whose audiences sometimes describe having a mystical experience while listening to her performances. Moore weaves their experiences with the wisdom of philosophers, writers, and artists who have rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence. At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One's Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.
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This is a great guide for someone who wants to discover and develop their own spirituality without being tied down to one idea or model. We are all spiritual and need to realise our potential by developing our own brand and mix of doing life.
There is a lot to contemplate here. I found a good deal of it too heavy & I didn't always comprehend the point being made. The author is very interesting & is very well versed.
read almost all of Moore"s books excellent work. he is a profoundly important and informative writer.
We must learn and see soul growth in lots of religions. particular Buddha teaching and many religions help you move on your path. you will see also the graces in so many religions and how they move togethe r. to find a peace and joy. nature plays a part in the scared path as well as relationships study and work all moving from the soul. I intend to read this book again as it so rich in the true adventure of life.
This is a culmination of knowledge formulated from caring of the soul. Listen to it if you are wanting more from life. If you have questions of religion, spirituality, and seriously think that you have outgrown your current paradigm.
Secularism is on the rise, reducing the influence between that of spirit and the Divine. This book can give insights to individuals who are seeking more than just to be born and to dye. It addresses the 'what' in the between.
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