During Folsom Lake Retreat I had the opportunity to use this poem during a workshop and yoga session. I found the resonance in my own life as I encouraged others to reach for their own invitation.
I dedicate the repost of this poem to Aaron. I can’t tell you in my own words where I am in life or what I wish for you, but this poem comes pretty damn close. We never know what the future brings, only what we work to achieve in our own hearts and our soul. This is where I am. This is what I want and I journey on this path alone at this time without fear or worry. May you find a way to find your effortless joy and live.
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 hearts’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 the wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, 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, “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.
In la Kesh,