My Anam Cara Missy

“The sense of smell includes the sensuality of fragrance, but the dynamic of breathing also takes in the deep world of prayer and meditation, where through the rhythm of the breath you come down into your own primordial level of soul. ” ~John O’Donohue

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Today I was watching Missy sniff the air again.  I get jealous of her.  Her ability to sniff so intensely…

I took to the dunes to sniff and write.  Which I did do.  With some vials of perfume materials, I did Plein Air blending (on my wrist) then wrote a little story about these scents.  (I’m working on a piece about perfume as theatre).

But a lot of the time I just admired Missy enjoying the dunes…

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Randomly, I am reminded about John O’Donohue’s book, Anam Cara, and I pulled it out to share a quote with you, dear Reader.  A quote about Fragrance and Breath.

John O’Donohue was a Irish poet, author and priest and I strongly recommend his writings if you are not familiar.  His book  Anam Cara explores friendships, love, states of being, and what it is to be human.

Synchronistically he mentions the very thing I was marveling over.

From Anam Cara

“The sense of smell or fragrance is deft and immediate…  Animals, of course, work wonderfully with the sense of smell.  To take dogs for a walk is to realize how differently they experience a landscape.  They are glued to trails of scent and enjoy a complete adventure, tracing invisible smell pathways everywhere.  Each day we breathe 23,040 times; we have 5 million olfactory cells.  A sheepdog has 220 million such cells.  The sense of smell is so powerful in the animal world because it assists survival by alerting the animal to danger.  The sense of smell is vital to the sense of life.”

O’Donohue continues,

“..breath is sister of spirit.”

And then linking fragrance and breath to spirit.

“The sense of smell includes the sensuality of fragrance, but the dynamic of breathing also takes in the deep world of prayer and meditation, where through the rhythm of the breath you come down into your own primordial level of soul.  Through breath meditation, you begin to experience a place within you that is absolutely intimate with the divine ground.”

Isn’t that brilliant?

I have no real point to make here.  Just wanted to share.

Here’s a couple more blogs about Missy, fragrance, meditation, and self love, in case you missed them…

Cute Dogs Smellin’ Icky Things and Jasmine

Kauai Flower Meditation

And here’s a blatant invitation to experience my perfume!  (Hey a faerie’s gotta breath too!)

Anam Cara, Eau De Parfum

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Anam Cara from the Phantasmagoria Series

“If you perceive the entire universe as phantasmagoria an ineffable joy will arise in you”   ~Vajnanabhairava Tantra…first century A.D.

 

And Happy Friday!

 

Fae on Friday – Gnomes and Friendships!

“A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” ~ John O’Donohue

IMG_6346.JPG“A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” ~ John O’Donohue

Happy Fae on Friday!

Today I am thinking about friendships, new and old.  Their treasure…

Writing from Maryland where I am visiting with long-time friends and where I met these gnomes in the homes of a new faerie friends.  I felt a tiny (just a teeny-tiny bit) bit guilty running off in the middle of the week to play when I maybe should have been working…

But I was reminded how important it is to connect and savor the friendships.

Coincidentally, I was working on the description and art for my soon to be released perfume Anam Cara (April 24th and 25th).  Which means soul friend from the Celtic tradition.  The poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue, writes rhapsodically about the meaning of Anam Cara in his book of same title.

Here are a couple of pics from my wild gnome day of friendship and Anam Cara…

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A beautiful Family home turned bed and breakfast.  I loved touring the rooms – beautiful!
 Here is the link!  Bayfields Bed and Breakfast.  Highly recommended!
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More new friends.
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My new friend, Rosie, wandered off to pasture on her own.
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The sisters, Holly and Rawbin,  and dogs walking back through the woods after collecting Rosie.

 

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When we return, Maryland Faerie Festival‘s Unicorn is neighing a hello to Rosie.  (click here to find out about the festival.)  Or read about it in my blog – click here Maryland Faerie Festival 2015.  Can you see her on the left?
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A quiet spot to contemplate Gnomes, Mermaids, and friendship…

May your days be filled with friendship and love!  And share this blog with your Anam Caras!