Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Live simply, but be complicated
Melting snow is not terribly photogenic, hence this recycled pic from right after the twin blizzards.
According to the cosmology of Thomas Moore (who is responsible for the title of this post), it's OK to be complicated. It's OK to be sad, too. Being "normal" doesn't really do much for anyone except deaden the connection to the soul. Being present, according to Thomas Moore, means being aware not only of what's right in front of your face, but also hanging out with memories, hopes, worries, and the imagination, all of which accompany us every second of every day.
Almost 100% of the time, when I read his books, my head is nodding yes, yes, yes. Yesterday a friend returned his book Original Self that she had borrowed some time ago. When a borrowed book comes back to me, I tend to leaf through it, remind myself why I bought it in the first place.
My head has been nodding. Yes, yes and yes. Moore and James Hillman, and other "archtetypal psychologists" - at least that's what they used to call themselves - are very interested in human depth, more interested in soulfulness than cleverness or stability or "success" - whatever that means - in life.
It's such a relief to read someone who believes, as I do, that people are very complex, and therefore endlessly fascinating. I don't have to understand everything or maintain control over my life, according to Moore. The very idea of control is a fantasy, he says. I couldn't agree more! I'm allowed to be confused which also makes possible states of awe and wonder - as well as possibilities outside the limitations of the status quo. Splendid indeed is the multiverse of Thomas Moore. Oh yeah!
It is melting, though ... took this shot yesterday.