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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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 dream
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 shriveled 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.

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 your own soul;
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 life with failure,
yours or mine,
and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the sliver of the 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 the night of grief and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone,
and do what needs to be done
to feel 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.

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