Lately I’ve been transcribing audio snippets I capture with the digital recording feature on my Smartphone while listening to recordings of James Hollis and Thomas Moore on my long commute. I’ve also recently typed up certain themes I found personally resonant in Moore’s “The Soul’s Religion”. It’s kind of tedious and more often than not I find myself inspired but less than committed to actually following through with my intentions along these lines.
Incidentally, I’m also very keen of listening to Stephen Batchelor (agnostic Buddhism), David Whyte (poetry & prose that advocates finding soul in everyday life), and Stephen Mitchell (ancient & modern spiritual wisdom anthologies).
I sense this subtle prompting to somehow assimilate and make something personal out of my experience in reading and listening to these guys…I mean somehow crafting my own response out of their corpus in lectures & writing and then living it as part of my own personal philosophy of life. For example sometimes I fancy myself editing and anthologizing a “collected works” of Moore and/or Hollis - kind of like Moore’s collection of James Hillman in “A Blue Fire” - not for publication so much as for my own literary distillation of their works that I can hold close to my soul.
Anyhow, I may start placing my transcriptions of Moore here in follow up entries...
I'm tempted to post such musings on the discussion board to get some reflection, but since it's such a personal prompting I hesitate.