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.The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I was exposed to this poem many years and it is one I go back to time and time again. Imagine my happiness when I stumbled upon the book in an old used book store that was written from the poem itself. The book goes into depth of each stanza and truly has touched my soul.
I find the poem summons something in me to look further into learning about myself. Certainly when reading it, the poem can be read to be that of something one is reading when looking for certain characteristics for a beloved or partner, but I feel like if we cannot answer some of these key questions in our own minds for ourself, then how could we expect the same from someone else?
I want to know what I ache for. I want to touch the place in me that longs for connection, an intimacy with life itself and all that the sacred touches. I want to see that the willingness to live my desire takes courage. I want to taste the longing, feel the ache, and risk finding my deepest desire.
What do I really want? Really need? Really desire? My answers today seem simple and yet pure.
I doesn’t interest me to have a large group of friends, what I really need is one that understands and sees me.
It doesn’t interest me to have a huge house, what I really want is a home that is full of unconditional love.
It doesn’t interest me to be rich, what I really desire is to know I made a difference in the world.
Can you each meet your hearts longing? Can you dare to dream?
As we go about our every day tasks it is useful to return to these questions. Certainly each of us has the mundane aspects to our daily lives that must be done; taking out the garbage, tending to the animals, making dinner, cleaning the house, etc., but beyond the scope of the daily to-do’s, can you ask and answer the questions with truth? And then, can you give yourself what you want, need, and desire?
Start here. Simply finish these statements. Sit with your answers and return to them throughout the day. Notice if your actions are in alignment.
Breathe with those statements for 5-6 breath cycles.
Can you speak the unspeakable and state, from your heart, what you want? What you need? What you desire? Can you finish this statement—it doesn’t interest me to have…when what I really want is…
Ask yourself. Now listen.
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