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Care of the Soul: Joyfully Adrift

Maybe, as we become more soulful, we drift into reality rather than away from it.

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In recent weeks, I’ve been working on a video with my neighbor and friend John Van Ness. John is a thoughtful man in his 80s who has been a spiritual leader and a psychotherapist. When you look at John’s face, you understand what it means to be in love with life and fully alive. The video is about John’s wife, Pat, who died more than a year ago after a long and progressive experience of dementia.John tells how his wife’s drift from reality led her to remember abuse in her childhood, a discovery that helped her understand some smoldering anger and allowed her to leave this world with considerable peace. In other words, her dementia enabled some healing.I remember that when I first published Care of the Soul, I went on book tours and reminded people that when you live from your soul you may become eccentric—very eccentric. I hadn’t found this observation in ancient texts, my usual resource for insights, but had discovered it in my practice of therapy. Over and over, I saw people whose life-giving passion and individual creativity were hidden behind a fearful need to conform and be accepted by others on th …

Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 


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