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22:17 

Prelude

молись за меня.

What if it truly doesn't matter what you do but how
you do whatever you do?

How would this change what you choose to do with your life?

What if you could be more present and open-hearted
with each person you encounter working as a cashier in
the corner store, a parking lot attendant or filing clerk
than you could if you were striving to do something
you think is more important?

How would this change how you want to spend your
precious time on this earth?

What if your contribution to the world and the fulfillment
of you own happiness is not dependent upon discovering
a better method of prayer or technique of meditation,
not dependent upon reading the right book or attending
the right seminar, but upon really seeing and deeply
appreciating yourself and the world as they are right now?

How would this effect your search for spiritual
development?

What if there is no need to change, no need to try
and transform yourself into someone who is more compassionate,
more present, more loving or wise?

How would this effect all the places in your life where
you are endlessly trying to be better?

What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who
you already are in your essential nature- gentle, compassionate
and capable of living fully and passionately present?

How would this effect how you feel when you wake
up in the morning?

What if who you essentially are right now is all that
you are ever going to be?

How would this effect how you feel about your future?

What if the essence of who you are and always have been is enough?

How would this effect how you see and feel about your past?

What if the question is not why am I so infrequently
the person I really want to be, but why do
I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?

How would this change what you think you have to learn?

What if becoming who and what we truly are happens
not through striving and trying but by recognizing and
receiving the people and places and practices that offer
us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?

How would this shape the choices you have to make
about how to spend today?

What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that
creates beauty in the world will arise from deep within
and guide you every time you simply pay attention
and wait?

How would this shape your stillness, your movement,
your willingness to follow this impulse, to just let go and dance?

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Author of the book THE INVITATION.
Excerpted with permission from THE DANCE
(published September 2001).
Copyright (c) 2001 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. All rights reserved.
May not be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission
of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 10 E. 53 St., New York NY 10022

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21:20 

The Invitation by Oriah

молись за меня.

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,
“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 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.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

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