“The Invitation”

by Yulit Price on June 24, 2011

In the spring, I have opened the Women’s Circle with a reading of this invitation.  It is a poem written by the Canadian teacher and author, Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  It has resonated with so many women, so I thought to extend this Invitation to all of you!

As you are searching for your life’s work, your best self, or nourishing relationships, allow yourself to meditate on these words.

The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Canadian Teacher and Author

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 dreams
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 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
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 on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

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 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.

What has opened-up for you by reading these words?  I invite you to comment.

About the author

Yulit Price wrote 39 articles on this blog.

Yulit Price is a registered psychotherapist in private practice. She is known for her empowering work with women and mothers. Through her collaborative one-on-one sessions, workshops, and retreats, her mission is to help women expand their version of self, tap into authentic voice, and enhance their relationships. Her areas of expertise include: Women’s Development, Motherhood, Maternal Transitions, Career Transitions, Relationships, Interpersonal Communications, Depression, Anxiety, and Loss. To learn more about me and my credentials Click Here

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Nancy Jo Rose June 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. Just what I needed to hear today! It really does say it all for those of us on a path of self-realization.


Terri June 25, 2011 at 1:45 am

Thank you so much for bringing this poem for my heart to listen to. I had read it before but this time I felt it.


Brenda Johnson June 25, 2011 at 2:45 am

Hi Yulit,

Thank-you for this!

Heather read something at the last session of our group that turned out to be too dark to read on the photocopy. Could you also send me a copy of what she read last Tuesday of our circle?

Thank-you Yulit. It was definately an honour to share in circle with you and Heather.



Lisa Kathleen June 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Oh, Yulit, this is so beautiful. I am going to print it out and frame it as it embodies the core of the way of being in the world that I want to offer my daughter. Thank you for sharing it!
Love! Joy!

Lisa Kathleen


Melanie Batycky June 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Yulit! This poem is so beautiful. I feel that it speaks about what life and relationships are about…so many of us get caught up in “worldly things ” that take us away from what is truly important. Thank you so much for reminding me about what really matters!


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