By John O'Donohue
Observe the Celtic Circle of Belonging
John O'Donohue, poet, thinker, and student, courses you thru the non secular panorama of the Irish mind's eye. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the traditional teachings, tales, and advantages of Celtic knowledge supply such profound insights at the common subject matters of friendship, solitude, love, and demise as:
<UL>* gentle is beneficiant
* The human middle isn't thoroughly born
* Love as historic recognition
* The physique is the angel of the soul
* Solitude is luminous
* attractiveness likes overlooked areas
* The passionate middle by no means a while
* To benatural is to be holy
* Silence is the sister of the divine
* demise as a call for participation to freedom</UL>
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