This timeless recording of Thomas Moore discussing the relationships between the soul and work, and money and creativity is a fitting companion to his best-selling book, Care of the Soul. As Moore says: "The soul is greater than the smallness of our problems and our pasts. It is a part of our whole experience of the universe, and caring for the soul is not about introspection. Nor is it about understanding the mistakes our parents made." Moore's view of the soul helps listeners to stop obsessing about the small stuff, and instead helps frame our lives in a broader and more healthful context.
Bonus audio - In A Magical Life, theologian Thomas Moore recommends a radical shift in priorities: slowing down, living with our human imperfections, and designing an intimate life. Moore illuminates this important lesson in this recording by focusing on old-time magicians - masters of illusion who created experiences of wonder by tapping into the less obvious, less mechanical, and less literal potencies of nature. Moore talks about how, through magic, we bring the heart into play and become more able to regard the most ordinary aspects of daily life as sacred.
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This lecture to a live audience could have benefitted from more structure and careful preparation by the author, whose writings are usually extremely thoughtful, sensitive and circumspect. Also, his delivery would have been better if he didn't wait for appreciative responses from the audience. You can hear him 'playing' to the audience.
He takes questions from his audience, and you cannot hear ANY of the questions--he does not repeat the questions from the audience. Therefore, his answers to them are pointless or their meaning inaccessible.
I greatly admire Thomas Moore's writing ordinarily, so the disappointment I experienced listening to this was a real surprise. This is NOT an expansion upon his book, Care of the Soul. His observations here, in contrast to his usual writing, are delivered in an off-hand manner, and not carefully thought out as they usually are.
Honestly, very little--it was interesting to hear the sound of the voice of an author I otherwise admire and enjoy very much.
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