This is one of those rare books that sound as though it were written by an angel and the sort of writing that cannot be paraphrased It left a ge A much needed treatise in an age where beauty has been exploited sexualized commercialized and objectified If you are wishing to reconnect with the sacredness of beauty your own others and that of the world around you then delve into this sincere attempt to honor that which is a true gift to humanity I really really like O Donohue s poetry and I could tell that the uality of thinking and philosophical exploration in this book of essays is one piece of what allows him to write the high uality poemsblessings that he has Still I didn t find the essays particularly compelling or useful There were some snippets and I ll uote some of those below but they came at too great a distance apart often if they had come in 75 pages rather than 250 I would have rated the book highlyp8 Notions of self improvement have become banal and wearisomep24 When we walk on the earth with reverence beauty will decide to trust usp54 In Crossing Unmarked Snow by William StaffordThe things you do not have to say make you richSaying things you do not have to say weakens your talkHearing things you do not need to hear dulls your hearingAnd things you now before you hear them those are you Those are why you are in the worldp140 It is puzzling that in the Western world we have concentrated on the divine intellect and the divine will When we bring in the notion of the imagination we begin to discover a whole new sense of God The emphasis on judgment begins to recede The image of God as a moral accountant peering into the region s of one s intimate life falls away creativity is the supreme passion of God When we bring in the missing dimension of imagination the perspective changes and we get a glimpse of true beauty the glorious passion urgency and youthfulness of God p141 the urgent fullness of God There was such a fullness brimming in the divine presence that had God not created he would have imploded God had to come to expressionp153 Although each of us is fashioned in careful incompletion we were created to long for each other The secret of our com The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart The earth is not outside us it is within the clay from where the tree of the body grows In written form this would perhaps be the ind of book one would read now and then when In written form this would perhaps be the ind of book one would read now and then when mood struck A book to set a mood a book to have you sit a spell and ponder as my grandfather was wont to say This was the first audiobook I bought after I read my goodreads friend Glenn s review sometime last year Since Glenn had mentioned that the author himself h This is an author that came Highly recommended to me so now I m waiting to read the book But here s an excerpt from his ReflectionsOnce you start to awaken no one can ever claim you again for the old A book to linger over And I did mornings than not for a year O Donohue sees everything from a different perspective a true hidden mystical perspective that I hope leeches into me every time I open the book The Music of Beauty and Color of Beauty were memorable but clearly
WERE WRITTEN BY A POETAUTHOR PEERING written by a poetauthor peering these areas rather than looking out from Some of the facts about color weren t accurate so they had a misplaced mysticism that flared up my skepticism and outed O Donohue s romanticism So four stars for that reason I am always sad to finish a book by this author It feels like a good friend just moved away A beautiful book written by a beautiful man John O Donohue s Beauty is filled with such inspiring words I found it difficult almost inappropriate to read even a chapter straight through since many lines invite us to reread and linger with their fragrance for days Here are several such lines coupled with my brief comments taken from two of my favorite chapters The Call to Beauty and The Music of BeautyIndeed the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive Yet In this eagerly awaited follow up to his international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes John O'Donohue turns his attention to the subject of beauty the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heartIn these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis we are riven with anxiety; our trust in the future has lost its innocence for we now now that anything can happen from one second to the next In such an unsheltered world it may sound naive to suggest that this might be the moment to invoke. ,
S the CEO we brought John over to work with us on the philosophical core of our practices These sessions were only and always spectacular and through these I came to now him well enough to count him among my friends He always had an integrity of heart mind spirit and action that could not be evaded or go unnoticed His poetry is uite lovely at times and uite piercing at others His prose is always accessible yet in no way superficial More on his other books later As an author
Who Fancies That Hefancies that he some facility for using language reading Beauty was truly a humbling experience In fact other than Thomas Wolfe of You Can t Go Home Again fame in my sixty nine year reading odyssey I have never encountered a writer with such a gift of language as John O Donohue and I highly recommend reading Beauty to experience of the author s incredible ability to depict the various aspects of beauty and describe thoughts and feelings about it alone Add to this gift the author s immense powers of observation and wise insights and my opinion is that Beauty is one of the ten most important books that one could readLanguageah yes language I will not attempt to use adjectives and adverbs to further describe O Donohue s gift but instead supply a few of his phrases which were my favorites Time had come to rest in the silence and stillness of Loch Corrib the tired machinations of the ego are abandoned the interior geometry of things the automatic
traffic of functioning addicts of the familiar imagination has retained the grace of innocence and the silent majesty of theof functioning addicts of the familiar imagination has retained the grace of innocence and the silent majesty of the And speaking of majesty Tom Verducci a columnist for Sports Illustrated recently opined that Defining majesty drives man to his literary boundaries I realized how true this was when I was faced with trying to adeuately communicate how gifted John O Donohue is and I would opine that John s boundaries were wide indeedContentah yes content After treating the reader to an Introduction defining beauty and its vital importance to our lives and our world O Donohue then separates his exploration of the subject into ten chapters Looking back on Beauty I think of it as a wheel with ten spokes The Call Of Beauty Where Does Beauty Dwell The Music Of Beauty The Color Of Beauty The Joy Of Shapes That Dance Imagination Beauty s Entrance Attraction The Eros Of Beauty The Beauty Of The Flaw The White Shadow Beauty And Death and God Is Beauty And in only 249 magnificent pages the author presents the reader with a wealth of Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor knowledge and insights in the various aspects that compose the circle of beauty Each chapter is so full of thoughts and feelings that one reads and rereads constantly in an effort to drink it all in and hold it Then as I did the reader most like will say to his or herself I m going to read and reread these chapters one at a time over the rest of my lifetimeI conclude by again uoting Tom Verducci who observed of another writing that Thenowledge and wisdom was so great as to invite our most ambitious attempts at commemoration My most ambitious attempt to commemorate O Donahue s Beauty is indeed feeble next to the genius of his work I can only urge my fellow readers to enter its pages and experience for yourselves It will change your life for the better I received this absolute wonderment as a gift for my 75th birthday from my dear friend Julienne Givot for which I give heartfelt thanks O Donohue had an ability to exuisitely explain mysterious and philosophical concepts that I ve tried to foggily contemplate in a poetic but still accessible way He gives well crafted words and explanations to things I could not find words for myself One might think this book is about visual beauty and it is in some ways but it is comprehensively a book about life and the human experience He reminds readers of the deeper layers of goodness and beauty that underlie creation and life It was an enlightening and lovely read I would most definitely recommend it if you are looking for some accessible generally faith based philosophyor even if you aren Courages our greater intimacy with beauty and celebrates it for what it really is a homecoming of the human spiritAs he focuses on the classical medieval and Celtic traditions on art music literature nature and language O'Donohue reveals how beauty's invisible embrace invites us towards new heights of passion and creativityDIVINE BEAUTY is an exuisite treasury of Forms of the Beautiful Its surface employs narrative image anecdote and myth while into the silence of its subtext are sown seeds of reflection that gradually blossom in the heart. Eauty is so uietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it Everywhere there is tenderness care and indness there is beauty During this past year I have been reading ancient Greek philosophy Turns out one of those Greek philosophers I
Especially Enjoy Is Epicurus One Big Reasonenjoy is Epicurus one big reason was famous for his indness caring and sensitivity encouraging us to transform our life itself into a
Work Of BeautyYet Beauty S Visitation Affects Us And Invitesof beautyYet beauty s visitation affects us and invites into its rhythm it calls us to feel think and act beautifully in the world to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful I have been involved in the creative arts for many years but I have come to realize our greatest creation is to become ourselves a being radiating beautyEven and perhaps especially in the bleakest times we can still discover and awaken beauty these are precisely the times when we need it most Nowhere else can we find the joy that beauty brings Joy is not simply the fruit of circumstances we can choose to be joyous independent of what is happening around us How true John O Donohue invites us to raise our own inner vibration and experience the inner joy of simply being alive especially needed when we are facing our biggest challengesIf our style of looking becomes beautiful then beauty will become visible and shine forth for us We will be surprised to discover beauty in unexpected places where the ungraceful eye would never linger The graced eye can glimpse beauty anywhere for beauty does not reserve itself for special elite moments or instances it does not wait for perfection but is present already secretly in everything When we beautify our gaze the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary Thank you John Beautify our gaze the experience of beauty is an inner transformation not a change of sceneryTo behold beauty dignifies your life it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of our own self limitation to experience new horizons To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged Again thank you John There is a rightness and clarity when we see beauty in the world and become fuller and attuned to not only the outside world by also to ourselvesBeauty is not to be captured or controlled for there is something intrinsically elusive in its nature More like a visitation than a solid fact beauty invests the aura of a person or infuses a landscape with an unexpected intimacy that satisfies our longing Intimate mysterious and on occasions blissful and ecstatic an experience uite beyond any wordsTo the human ear however music echoes the deepest grandeur and the most sublime intimacy of the soul I find this true to my own experience Music hits me at a much deeper level than the other arts It is like an internal dance with my nervous systemIn contrast to most other forms of art music alters your experience of time To enter a piece of music or to have the music enfold you is to depart for a while from regulated time Music creates a rhythm that beats out its own time shape Music has a deep connection to Eros and love expressing an energy short circuiting reason an energy that is transporting absorbing sensuous inetic and involves our whole person body and soulThere is a profound sense in which music opens a secret door in time and reaches in to the eternal This is the authority and grace of music it evokes or creates an atmosphere where presence awakens to its eternal depth I never tire of reading these words over and over again I recently learned that my good friend John O Donohue had died in his sleep in January 2008 while in Paris We had not spoken since 2006 The last time we got together was in Galwey Ireland in the Spring of 2004 I ve downloaded every video and audio I could find on the Internet after spending a day in my own private Memorial Observance What a sweet and yet critical soul I have three transcripts and recordings of conversations that are each eight to fifteen hours long While working at a prior consulting firm as the head of Research and Development and later And awaken beauty yet this is exactly the claim that this book seeks to exploreDIVINE BEAUTY is a gentle but urgent call to awaken O'Donohue opens our eyes hearts and minds to the wonder of our own relationship with beauty Rather than 'covering' this theme he uncovers it exposing the infinity and mystery of its breadth His words return us home to the dignity of silence the profundity of stillness the power of thought and perception and the eternal grace and generosity of beauty's presence In this masterful and revelatory work O'Donohue en.