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Care of the Soul: A Chapel of One's Own

Instead of going off to a monastery, you can bring the monastery to the secular society. In common areas in our towns and cities we could install more and better places for contemplation, indications that we are a community and images that evoke spiritual values. We could be more like monks and less like secularists, more like thoughtful men and women who make all of life sacred and less like unconscious citizens who have nothing more at their disposal than ego and instinct.In a quiet neighborhood in Houston, Texas, the Rothko Chapel sits on a small open space with a quiet pond and a piece of sculpture. On most days, the chapel is a place of reflection in an active city. The architecture, furnishings, and, of course, the large dark paintings of Mark Rothko create a special atmosphere for reflection. If you look at the schedule of events and the books that are available in the library, you’ll see that every spiritual tradition imaginable is represented.This is a rare resource for those of us trying to maintain a religion of our own. It’s current with where religion is in life today. It’s based on art, it …

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a professor, and, for the past 30 years, a psychotherapist practicing archetypal therapy with a spiritual perspective. His latest book is A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.


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