A Book of Celtic WisdomBook - 2004
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 generous The human heart is never completely born Love as ancient recognition The body is the angel of the soul Solitude is luminous Beauty likes neglected places The passionate heart never ages To benatural is to be holy Silence is the sister of the divine Death as an invitation to freedom
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One of several Blessings written in the book:
"On the day when the weight burdens your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to bring you balance.
And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green and azure blue, come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.
And when the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the Earth be yours; May the clarity of Light be yours; May the fluency of the Ocean be yours; May the protection of the Ancestors be yours; and, so may a slow wind wrap these words of Love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life."
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