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

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Penguin, Jun 16, 2005 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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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.

Our lives are 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 Moore shows how honoring these periods of fragility as periods of incubation and positive opportunities to delve 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, revealing an uplifting and inspiring 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

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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

Title Page
CHAPTER TWO RITES OF PASSAGE
CHAPTER THREE SORTING OUT AND STARTING OVER
CHAPTER FOUR THE VIEW FROM THE MOON
CHAPTER FIVE LIFES IRONIES
PART TWO DISTURBANCES
CHAPTER SEVEN WEDDING NIGHTS
CHAPTER EIGHT NIGHT EROS
CHAPTER NINE CREATIVITY THE CHILD AND THE SUREFOOTED
CHAPTER TEN DARK BEAUTY
PART THREE DEGRADATIONS
CHAPTER TWELVE TEMPORARY INSANITIES
CHAPTER THIRTEEN THE ISLAND OF ILLNESS
CHAPTER FOURTEEN THE TWILIGHT YEARS
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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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