Simply...The Invitation

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I recently discovered a very interesting book that looks like a life changing read. It's called "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. The shift in my spirit and my life has opened doors that have never been opened. The Invitation has invited me to open yet another one. My short term goal is to read this book one chapter at a time, summarize it and try to apply it to my life. Take a peek into "The Invitation" with me and see if it touches your heart and inspires you to live life more passionately and honestly.


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've touched the center of your own sorrow, if you've 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 it's 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 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 if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.  
That is "The Invitation" I am ready for the challenge. Until next time when we explore the first chapter together,.  Live Simply...Marie