Many years ago, when I was first (still am) captivated by all things Irish, I picked up a beautiful book by Irish scholar, poet, philosopher, etc. the late John O’Donohue entitled Anam Cara. Its title translates, so beautifully, to Soul Friend. The work carries the byline A Book of Celtic Wisdom. O’Donohue introduces the book with a poem entitled “Beannacht” which in English means “blessing”.
Beannacht truly is a blessing dedicated, I’m guessing, to a loved one facing a significant life challenge. Comfort and peace are wished for this friend…the last stanza goes like this:
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
And there we are! Took me a while to get here – I hope you didn’t mind all the twists and turns. I wanted you to fully understand why I picked this title for my blog.
Beannacth. An invisible cloak to mind your life. Soul Friend.
With these phrases, O’Donough unwittingly helped me define my vision for this space. I picture it as a place where we, eventually, realize that we are already soul friends, and that we, eventually, find ourselves minding or caring for each others’ lives.
It this presumptuous? Maybe. But I’m anxious to give it a try. Join me?