Anam Cara, Home, and Beauty as Antidote

Persevere, I always say. Yet when overwhelmed, I hide at home, not going out out for days.

When I finally venture out, to be in nature, seeking solace, I experience great healing.



What a concept.

Sophia's Children

“You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with Anam Cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home.” ~ John O’ Donohue

The poet Theodore Roethke wrote that “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.”

Cultivating the ‘inner garden‘, Anam Cara relationship, and some connection to beauty — rather than the ensorcelment of glamour — can also be sustaining.

The late poet-priest, John O’Donohue also said, in a very rich and inspiring conversation with Krista Tippett (OnBeing),

“… There are individuals holding out on frontlines, holding the humane tissue alive in areas of ultimate barbarity, where things are visible that the human eye should never see.”

“And they are able to sustain it, because there is in them some kind…

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