Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

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Penguin, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 329 pages
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Every human journey is filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments, or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these "dark nights" in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible. But Thomas Moore's extensive career as a psychologist and theologian has taught him that honoring these periods of fragility as periods of incubation and opportunities to delve into the soul's deepest needs can provide healing and a new understanding of life's meaning. Dark Nights of the Soul presents these metaphoric dark nights not as the enemy, but as times of transition, occasions to restore yourself, and transforming rites of passage. Moore shows specific ways to engage life more deeply through particular challenges and shares a powerful new outlook. With the soothing, accessible tone and practical philosophy that have made Moore an internationally beloved author, Dark Nights of the Soul will help you tend to the deepest needs of the heart and spirit in a modern world full of life's challenges, and is sure to be a comforting companion during your most difficult times. 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. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul comes the long-anticipated sequel, an uplifting and groundbreaking approach to life's darkest hours. Moore shows specific ways to engage life more deeply through particular challenges and shares a powerful new outlook on such topics as: The healing power of melancholy; The sexual dark night and the mysteries of matrimony; Finding solace during illness and in aging; Anxiety, anger, and temporary Insanities; Linking creativity, spirituality, and emotional struggles; Finding meaning and beauty in the darkness.
 

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I picked this audio book up on a whim when I was feeling a bit down. I got over being down, but became really interested in the book for a number of reasons. First, the author cites a multitude of ... Read full review

Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

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In his 13th book since Care of the Soul (1992), psychotherapist and theologian Moore concentrates on the painful, emotionally taxing periods of life. He believes that these can be enriching, growth ... Read full review

Contents

PASSAGES
1
The Night Sea Journey
3
Rites of Passage
23
Sorting Out and Starting Over
49
The View from the Moon
69
Lifes Ironies
99
DISTURBANCES
119
Lovesickness
121
Creativity the Child and the SureFooted Goat
189
Dark Beauty
209
DEGRADATIONS 11 The DeepRed Emotions
233
Temporary Insanities
249
The Island of Illness
267
The Twilight Years
289
Navigating a Dark Night
301
Notes
316

Wedding Nights
147
Night Eros
169

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Thomas Moore, Ph.D., wrote the phenomenal #1 bestsellers Care of the Soul and SoulMates as well as many other successful books. Moore was a Catholic monk for twelve years and later became a psychotherapist, earning degrees in theology, musicology, and religion. Moore now lectures extensively throughout North America.

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