Crafting Gentleness

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Invitation

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Canadian Teacher and Author
http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see
Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
"Yes."

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

(posted on facebook by a facebook friend)

2 Comments:

  • this reminds me a a poem by David Whyte called "Self Portrait".....the author of the invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, actually used a writing exercise suggested by David Whyte for "the invitation"...

    Here is David's "Self Portrait"

    It doesn't interest me if there is one God or many gods.

    I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned.

    If you know despair or can see it in others.

    I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you. If you can look back with firm eyes saying this is where I stand.


    I want to know if you know how to melt into that fierce heat of living falling toward the center of your longing.

    I want to know if you are willing to live, day by day, with the consequence of love and the bitter unwanted passion of sure defeat.

    I have been told, in that fierce embrace, even the gods speak of God.

    By Blogger Brett, at Tuesday, 04 December, 2007  

  • this reminds me of David Whytes "Self Portrait" ... Oriah Mountain Dreamer, actually used a writing excerise as suggested by David in contructing "the invitation"

    Here is David's "Self Portrait"

    It doesn't interest me if there is one God or many gods.

    I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned.

    If you know despair or can see it in others.

    I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you. If you can look back with firm eyes saying this is where I stand.


    I want to know if you know how to melt into that fierce heat of living falling toward the center of your longing.

    I want to know if you are willing to live, day by day, with the consequence of love and the bitter unwanted passion of sure defeat.

    I have been told, in that fierce embrace, even the gods speak of God.

    By Blogger Brett, at Tuesday, 04 December, 2007  

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