The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
publishes Priscilla Morrill's interview with Thomas Moore, "Finding a spiritual home"
, before the launch of the paperback edition of A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World
at The Toadstool Bookshop in neighbouring Peterborough on Saturday.
"Moore, formerly of Peterborough and now a Jaffrey resident, sees many people endlessly seeking for the path or religion that will satisfy, but somehow they never arrive at their spiritual home. And that endless seeking can be painful, he said. “Seeking is ultimately frustrating.”
Moore said he used to be a seeker, too. “It can be a necessary step,” he said. “I stopped seeking years ago. I gave it up.... I’m not looking for anything, really.”
A Religion of One’s Own is about finding that spiritual home in one’s everyday life.
When he thinks of people who have done that, Moore said Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson come to mind. They were all seekers who developed their own ways of connecting with spirituality, then went on to write about it."
She includes, "Much of our deep anxiety comes from fears about death and the meaning of life, Moore said, and when that’s threatened often intolerance and violence follows. We’re better off, he said, having as a foundation the mysterious, rather than what we think are the answers."