Thomas Moore | On Being a Soulful Person

2nd Annual Fireside Chat
Why do some young people seem able to meet the world, while others sink into depression and act out? Is the ability to find joy in an awakened life a choice or is it predestined? These questions were part of a conversation with Thomas Moore at High Mowing School on February 23, 2016.

Why do some young people seem able to meet the world, while others sink into depression and act out? Is the ability to find joy in an awakened life a choice or is it predestined? These questions were part of a conversation with Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore on February 23, 2016, at High Mowing School. The third in a series of Fireside Chats, Moore spoke to students, parents, teachers and community members on the High Mowing campus.  Alumni and others were able to participate via the online live-stream, organized by Digital Arts teacher Jim McClure and staffed by at team of 6 High Mowing students and an alumnus.

“It isn’t enough to be alive and developing physically,” Moore explains, “you also need to be alive to your spirit and soul, and that means you have to be aware of what’s going on inside you and in your world."

The conversation covered elements of self-directed spirituality for which Moore’s 1992 book, Care of the Soul, is acclaimed and touched on the soulful needs of adolescents and emerging adults to find meaning, play an active role in the community and nurture “a relation with the mysterious and transcendent.”

In addition to the bestselling Care of the Soul, Moore, who lives in the Monadnock region, is the author of fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life, including the recently published A Religion of One’s Own. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland and has a special love of Irish culture. He has a Ph. D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. Learn more about Thomas Moore on his website, thomasmooresoul.com.
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