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 centre 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
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 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 at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

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 centre 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.

I’ve loved “The Invitation” since the first time I heard it, memorized and rehearsed in front of me by a friend who was planning on offering it to his partner. For me it gets at that which is ineffable, authentic and alive about the most precious moments and relationships in my life.

I’m here to be a part of expanding the social space in which we can all bring the fullness of who we are. I’m here to serve love, justice and people. I’m here to create and offer beauty. I’m here to participate, celebrate and be grateful.

While we are all here sharing this world and this life together I want to extend my love and welcome to all living beings and commit to using the gift of my life to grow what we share in an inspired, curious and beautiful way; to walking the beauty way.


5 thoughts on “About

  1. In our future I see golden afternoons, the feel of clean cool sheets on skin, the smell of wet hair, laughing, chases, finding a lovely scarf, your favorite flowers, understanding, discoveries, realizations, the varied flavors of food, and truth.

    I love that I can see your picture.

  2. “Ma vie future, c’est ton visage quand tu dors” (René Char)
    I need some time to savour your words and find mines in a correct english, but in the meanwhile grazie!
    (a close distant friend of Leah)

  3. I love your blog! Today I recieved your latest and on such a cold snowy evening, I took comfort in the poetic honesty of your words and experience. I too have suffered loss and in a time when its cold, dark and the city screams with sirens, I find my solace in friendships that are warm and true. Your blog helped me feel I am not alone in some of the ways that I have felt although life for all of us is so utterly unique. Thank you for sharing and writing so beautifully…its inspiring and so very good to the positivity shining through.

    1. Ah well, you are not alone ever! But it is beautiful to know that these words can touch you in this way, thank you so much for letting me know. Take care of yourself out there in the snow and cold, don’t let it touch your heart 🙂

  4. the invitation has been following me for several years, someone read it to our class of 235 yogi’s in bikram teacher training. i love the line about standing in the fyre… it’s one of the closest metaphors for me & my life (in my mind anyways…) 🙂
    in lak’ech

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