Monday, April 21, 2014

Another Excert from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

From John O'Donohue's spiritual essay Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

      "No one but you can sense the eternity and depth concealed in your solitude.  This is one of the lonely things about individuality.  You arrive at a sense of the eternal in you only through confronting and outpacing your fears.  The truly lonely element in loneliness is fear.  No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself--you are its custodian and entrance.  No one else can see the world the way you see it.  No one else can feel your life the way you feel it.  Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground.  When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.  This is always one of the great tensions in an awakened or spiritual life, namely, to find the rhythm of its unique language, perception, and belonging.  To remain faithful to your life requires commitment and vision that must be constantly renewed."

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