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Dark Nights of the Soul

A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals
Paperback Book
June, 2005
$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Every human life includes emotional tunnels, whirlpools, and bogs: the loss of a family member or friend, the end of an important relationship, aging, illness, career disappointments, or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. In his work as a psychologist, theologian, and writer, Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) has learned that honoring these periods of fragility and emotional challenge as times of incubation and opportunities to delve into the soul’s deepest needs, can be vital to living a meaningful life.

Rather than ignoring them, resisting them, or just “powering through them” as fast as possible, Dark Nights of the Soul presents these metaphoric dark nights as transforming rites of passage where we

ª  live our dark nights—and we all will have them—with an open heart;

ª  invite healing and a richer understanding of the fabric of life; and

ª  become more alive and engaged, no matter what inner or outer circumstances present.

Every human life is made up of the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the vital and the deadening. How you think about this rhythm of moods makes all the difference. Are you going to hide out in self-delusion and distracting entertainments? Are you going to become cynical and depressed? Or are you going to open your heart to a mystery that is as natural as the sun and the moon, day and night, and summer and winter?

Probing further into “soul territory” than his earlier book, Care of the Soul, Dark Nights of the Soul shares new insights on:

ª  anxiety and insecurity

ª  linking creativity, spirituality, and emotional struggles

ª  the healing catharsis of melancholy

ª  the sexual dark night

ª  the mysteries of matrimony

ª  finding meaning and beauty in the darkness itself.

 Among Thomas Moore’s other books are Original Self and The Soul’s Religion.



Publisher’s Description: 

"Every human journey is filled with emotional tunnels: loss, death, illness, aging, disappointment. Society tends to view these low points as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible. But Thomas Moore’s experience as a psychoanalyst has taught him to honor such times as periods of incubation, opportunities to delve into the soul’s deepest needs and discover healing, understanding and meaning. Here he presents ""the dark night of the soul"" not as the enemy, but as friend and guide."

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