Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
John O'Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom provide such profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death as:Light is gene ...more
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It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world a ...more
It was while reading Jo-Anne Berthelsen's Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey that I came across the references to Anam Cara and thought: 'Just my type of book.' It sounded deep and profound, wise and thoughtful.
And although I've got more than a dozen bookmarks jutting out of pages to mark intriguing thoughts, overall I found the book rather shallow. O'Donohue mentions ...more
“In a vast universe … All of our life, everything we do, think and feel is surrounded by nothingness… This cosmic loneliness is the root of all inner loneliness…
There is the infinity of space that reaches out into the depths of the cosmos… the inifinity that haunts everyone and which no one can finally qu ...more
I wanted to like this book more, but I just couldn't get into O'Donohue's writing style. He tried way too hard to be “poetic”, and it just didn't work for me. I also thought that he used too many quotes from other authors, didn't work those quotes into the text very ...more
This book is beautifully written and I carried around with me for almost that whole year.
I love all things Irish and stumbled across this while browsing Amazon years ago. I'm not sure how I ended up finding it, bu I'm thankful I did. I want to re-read it now so I can write a "proper" review.
This is one book I consider a favorite and one that means a great deal to me.
However, there are some wonderfully marvelous blessings, like "Blessing for the Senses" and "Blessing of Solitude".
Actually, the whole chapter (section?) 3 - "Solitude is Luminous" captivated me.
John O'Donohue's friendly and welcoming voice comes through loud and clear in his writing, inviting the reader to div ...more
Unfortunately with me I do not except anything as the final truth for I know nobody knows but, am willing to be a adventure with different philosophies trying each on in my mind for a time ..... With that said I hope this author is right on!!!
May you have a ...more
In this book, the late John O'Donohue explored Celtic wisdom about friendship, the senses, solitude, work, aging, and death. At first the book was difficult for me because I learn best from concrete stories about actual people in specific situations, and this writer didn't do that much. However, the more I read the book, the more I found it to be a healing and helpful experience. O'Donohue emphasizes the lack of duality in Celtic thinking, and ...more