Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Invitation

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.
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, to 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's 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 the 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.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

This poem found me when I craved truth and inspiration. It spoke to me on my continual journey of ever changing, self transformation ~ inviting me to open the door wider to life ~ to welcome intimacy, honesty, and peace with myself, others, and the world around me. Reminding me to embrace the varities of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and to open myself to all that is possible, fully discovering the beauty life has to offer. May you find yourself inspired too...

standing in the center of the fire
~ Shanti ~  


  1. Thank you beautiful women for starting this beautiful blog. You are both amazing and inspiring !

  2. I had this in my journal for YEARS and it was with this poem I sized up the men I dated...and then I met R and gave him a copy. Always resonates with some deep inner truth.

  3. I think I need to read this many, many times over before I can make a comment about it. So powerful! Thank you so much!

  4. I am so glad I discovered this wonderful creativity focused blog- I love the butterfly motif you open with - thank you so much Shanti for doing this.


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