A Temporary Guest

“Landscape has a secret and silent memory, a narrative of presence where nothing is ever forgotten.”  John O’Donohue (this and all following quotes from “Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom”).

According to the ancient Celts, “Landscape is not matter nor merely nature, rather it enjoys luminosity. Landscape is numinous”.

To “consider yourself as a complete stranger … who has just stepped ashore in your life” is to realize that you are not “the helpless owner of a deadened life but rather a temporary guest gifted with blessing and possibilities you could neither invent nor earn”.

Have a great weekend! I am off to the garden center with a friend and not likely to have clean fingernails for awhile.

Anam Cara is Gaelic for ‘soul friend’.

5 thoughts on “A Temporary Guest

  1. Mo Crow

    “A garden is a spell we cast against the world”
    from “Spell” by Kathryn Williams & Neville Clay at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland UK 2008
    I love the echoing of these words in my mind but my heart made this change to the words
    “A garden is a spell we cast within the world”

    1. deemallon

      Thanks Michelle! Almost the entire day was spent in the garden. So great! Will you be coming up to Massachusetts any time soon? I hope you’re well enough.

  2. Nancy

    Can words even hold the wonder of the earth? I will try to think of myself as a temporary guest, perhaps a bit softer, yes?


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