Greetings from your Redland Meeting Librarians. This will be a very short note this month from me, but hopefully next month will be newsier.
Our main item of interest for this month is that we have a new book in stock called A Religion of One’s Own by Thomas Moore. This book will be ready to check on Sunday, 25 February from the library. The full title includes the phrase A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. The author is a writer, former Catholic monk, practicing psychotherapist and lifelong researcher into world religious traditions.
When you’re religious in a deep way, you sense the sacred in things – a faint and mysterious pulse. Both in the world and in yourself you catch sight of the numinous, a hint of something more than human. In developing a religion of one’s own, it’s important to cultivate an eye for the numinous, a sacred light within things or an aura around them, the feeling that there is more to the world than meets the eye….Spirituality may be abstract or largely internal, but traditionally the world “religion” implies some kind of action, often one that is symbolic or ethical – one reason I prefer the word “religion” over “spirituality”.
From the book’s description on the publisher’s (Random House) website:
Two decades ago, Moore’s Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In A Religion of One’s Own, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery. He recounts the benefits of contemplative living that he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. Here, he shares stories of others who are creating their own path: a former football player now on a spiritual quest with the Pueblo Indians, a friend who makes a meditative practice of floral arrangements, and a well-known classical pianist whose audiences sometimes describe having a mystical experience while listening to her performances. Moore weaves their experiences with the wisdom of philosophers, writers, and artists who have rejected materialism and infused their secular lives with transcendence.
Kirstin Sponsler, Librarian