Anam Cara: Wisdom from the Celtic World [John O’Donohue] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Saint Patrick first came to Ireland in. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”), John O’Donohue invites you into the magical and unobtrusive world of your own divinity, to a place in the soul where. Anam Cara and the Essence of True Friendship: Poet and Philosopher John O’ Donohue on the Beautiful Ancient Celtic Notion of Soul-Friend.

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I love this book. As is mirrored in Zen Buddhist meditation, such integration provides anchor and connection within the beautiful mystery of emptiness. O’Donohue touches this depth of beauty and belonging with beautiful language that inspires and hopefully takes us deeper into ourselves, but leaves it up to us to discover the wisdom inside us that will help us come into our birthright.

I read it about 15 years ago and found it syrupy, and in the intervening years I have changed a lot so I assumed my reading of it would be different and the richness would be more palatable, and yet there was still something slightly saccharine to me about it. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you.

Discover the Celtic Circle of Belonging John O’Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination.

PRAYER: A Friendship Blessing (Includes The Anam Ċara), by John O’Donohue – The Value of Sparrows

It will be something I return to often and for a long time. The mystery never leaves you alone. Victoria, Christine, Elizabeth, Michael, Molly. Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors.

At the end of each section, he presents an Irish blessing. Initially, this can be disruptive and awkward, but it gradually refines your sensibility and transforms your way of being in the world. This little invocation captures this:. This book is not a quick read because Mr. No one I have ever met who has read him is not head over heels.


He spoke Irish as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January It reads more like a collection of quotes or stories.

In the embrace of this eternal friendship, we dare to be free. There were parts that flowed well, but a jihn of it rambled on page after page after page after page after page Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I do not feel moved, and there’s very little giggling at all. When we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives, we have no rituals to protect, encourage and guide us as we cross over into the unknown.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue

Missing cover Spanish edition 5 16 Oct 19, By focusing on the classical, medieval, and Celtic traditions of art, music, literature, nature and language, O’Donohue reveals how beauty’s invisible embrace invites us toward new heights of passion and creativity, even in these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis. I can see myself reading this book over and over a I found this a very moving and beautiful book to read. Philosophy, spirituality, poetry through landscape of imagination reinforces my belief that everyone is born an artist.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness. Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. At times like that I may be too impatient for this I love this book.

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It is far beyond that. As the wind loves to call things to dance, May your gravity by lightened by grace. May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging. Exploring perennial themes and gaining insights from a range of ancient beliefs, O’Donohue draws inspiration from Ireland’s rich spiritual heritage of Celtic thought and imagination.

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It is a bible and a guide for living a truly deep life and recognizing our belonging in the universe.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

There was so much to this book and the Celtic element and the descriptions of the great scenery and light of the West of Ireland really made me appreciate my heritage. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, craa new beginning. O’Donohoe is cooler and from a distance.

I plan to buy a paper copy to refer to often. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book summed up everything I have learned the hard way during this time, and presented it in a beautiful package anaj was invigorating and thought-provoking to read. As water takes whatever shape it is in, So free may you be about who you become.

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore, May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

O’Donohue mentions the thought of Meister Eckhardt: It reads like a collection of quotes. This tests every aspect of your affection.

Whatever the medium, there are great riches here – the product of a brilliant mind, a mind that never stopped striving to advance the frontiers of possibility.

Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.

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