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The Educated Heart with Robert Bly

During this talk, Robert Bly gives a delicate and lively view of the fantastic flowering of feeling in the 12th century Provence. The feeling thought, developed of Arabic, Gnostic, and Albigensian sources, blossoms as love poetry famous at that time.  

Bly distinguishes in this talk between the literal mode, the psychological mode and the mythological mode, and he locates the “Amor” or ecstatic love in the latter. That mythological mode of feeling led to Sufism among the Arabs.

When we hear the Provencal poetry he recites toward the end we recognize the terrible loss we suffered when these traditions were uprooted and destroyed.

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The New Epicureans by Thomas Moore available on mp3

           
 
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Recorded live in Europe, this instructive lecture is a great visit with the best-selling author of "Care of The Soul."  His new book "A Life at Work," is published by Broadway Books/Random House. In this audio program Thomas first shares with the listener the roots of his "soul" work, approach to philosophy and living.

      

Thomas then goes on to explore how our sexually repressed society contributes to violence and dysfuntion in the current age.

   

Thomas Moore calls himself an epicurean, not someone given to overindulgence but understanding the importance of pleasure and beauty. He sees a connection between the repression of pleasure and an urge toward depression and violence. He recommends a life of deep, stable pleasures such as friendship, home, play, and a satisfying sexuality.

 
 
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