Anam Cara

by Mike on July 27, 2011

John O-Donahue was an Irish poet who wrote on Celtic spirit in a lyrical voice that resonates with me every time I pick up one of his books. My favorite and constant companion on my Kindle is Anam Cara.

When I’m in sour mood, I read a few passages or a few pages and I’m reminded of what matters. Anam Cara means “Soul Friend” and is deep and passionate in its expression, but soothing. I’ve recommended the book to a few people in the past, but this is one that everyone should at least sample. It could be a long friendship with a dear departed poet.

I started reading Anam Cara from the beginning again a few nights ago. As I read, a thought came to mind that I posted on Twitter – “If we put ourselves in the middle of the noise, and we stay there, are we not then noise? 2:00am thoughts.” I have a lot going on right now. A lot of it is good, but there’s a lot of noise too. Reading Anam Cara worked. It calmed my mind and set me back on track.

If you find yourself up at 2:00am, you might want to follow me on Twitter – @mfbyrne.

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