Anam Cara (Gaelic for ‘soul friend’), is a classic work by Irish poet, philosopher and scholar, John O’Donohue. It has only six chapters and each is a graceful expression of the many threads to ‘soul-friendship’. The inter-personal is the obvious starting point but he then takes the reader into friendship’s deeper currents: with the body, with the self, with work, with old age and then “with our original and ultimate companion, death.” What I love most though is that he then speaks to a 7th chapter that is not in the table of contents, he says this one “embraces the ancient namelessness at the heart of the human self.” Through poetry, through personal stories, through enticing prose, this book has become such a classic because it richly elicits that which cannot be named and yet, for many, is also powerfully present.
In the next ‘Leading Well with…’ workshop, Dean Mason and Candice Smith will guide participants in an exploration of this realm of ‘that which cannot be named’. Everyone is invited to visit anew, or refresh, their own encounter with the realm of the nameless and wonder together at the meaning for today. All are welcome. Register here.
by Dean Mason