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Watching the Daisies by Brigid Gallagher

April 12, 2020

 

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It’s taken me a while to read this memoir, but somehow I think it’s fitting as the subtitle of Watching the Daisies is ‘Life Lessons on The Importance of Slow.’

Overall, this is a memoir about healing and self-development. However, the story is really that of Brigid Gallagher’s life and we follow her progress from early childhood in Ireland to a life in Scotland with her family and then back to Ireland again. Throughout the telling of this gentle story of poignant loss and gain, we learn of Brigid’s career in spiritual and holistic healing, which later leads to a new career in horticulture after a number of life changing events.

The book is quite detailed, but what dominates the story is the author’s love of family, her soul-searching for spiritual growth and her quest for a health that seems to evade her. We also travel widely with her to wonderful locations, such as India, Morocco, Bali and Italy, where she seeks out spiritual and healing experiences. What I found particularly intriguing was her openness to different faiths and her ability to embrace aspects of a number of spiritual paths, while remaining a devout Christian.

Altogether, I found Watching the Daisies a profound and moving memoir, and a lovely enriching read.

The link to the book is here

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