Care of the Soul

12 Rules of Life
12 Rules of Life
December 3, 2019
December 3, 2019

Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

By Thomas Moore.

T his is one of Thomas Moore’s earliest books and was on the New York Times best-seller list. This book has staying power!

Care of the Soul has been in print for more than 25 years! And for good reason.

I am extremely glad that so many people have read this book because Thomas has spent his life learning about and living the soul - he is a true and expert guide to the soul. On his website he says,

“the interior of things longs for expression in your words and images”.

Y es, the interior life, the inner life, longs for expression, and Thomas guides us in this expression. Without expressing things of depth, life is arid and without meaning.

In my paper, “Suicide and the Soul”, I ask the question, “What is the language of the Soul?”

As an answer, I use this passage from Care of the Soul: “The Roman writer Apuleius said ‘Everyone should know that you can't live in any other way than by cultivating the soul,’ yet the great malady of the twentieth century, implicated in all our troubles and affecting us individually and socially is ‘loss of soul.’” Care of the Soul is an antidote to that loss of soul, as are all of Thomas’s books.
C are of the Soul guides us through the interface between psychology and spirituality, and Thomas is well versed in both. When I first read this book I found myself underlining almost everything and making notes in the margins. Everything stood out. Everything mattered.
Thomas summarises how to live a soulful life:
Serve your soul rather than the surface needs of your life.
Your symptoms are the raw material for your soul-making.
Don’t take anything literally but always look deeper.