Sunday, 13 February 2011


(click on the title 'wildness' to hear the beautiful mexican artist lila downs sing 'burn it blue')

the invitation

oriah mountain dreamer

''it doesnt 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 doesnt interest me how old you are.
i want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

it doesnt 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, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

it doesnt interest me if the story you're 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.

i want to know if you can be faithless
and therefore be trustworthy.

i want to know if you can see beauty
even when its 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 a lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon, ''yes''!

it doesnt 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 for the children.

it doesnt interest me who you are, 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 doesnt 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.''

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