The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

  Oriah Mountain Dreamer - Hearts Longing

The Invitation ~ 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 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,

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


Hath-entic Power

Hello Beautiful Yogis & Yoginis! I am so excited to share with you all that I have created a BRAND NEW YOGA CLASS called Hath-entic Power!

Hath-entic Power

I am currently in the process of creating the original 4-Part Hath-entic Power series and offering the fist classes at Spirit of Yoga (SOY) EVERY MONDAY NIGHT AT 5:00 PM.

This class is a combination of dynamic flow (vinyasa) coupled with longer holds to help connect with clarity, humility, and love which are the dynamics of freedom. Together, with community, we will explore the true nature of power to find alignment within ourselves. When we experience anxiety, it is the experience of power leaving through our energy centers or chakras. All dis-ease in our bodies can be understood in terms of power loss. The road to Authentic Power is always through what we feel, through our hearts.

The first class was held at SOY on Monday, 9/9/13, where we focused on HUMILITY. The next class will once again be held at SOY on Monday, 9/16/13, where we will focus on FORGIVENESS with the added healing vibrations from the Burmese Temple Gong.

Truly hope to see you all at SOY for this exploratory journey together to Authentic Power!

Love to each and every one of YOU. ~ India

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Simple Steps to Save Rainforests

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to to help preserve millions of hectares of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, CLICK ON the “Preserve Amazon Rainforest” Tab on this website or CLICK HERE:

If you are so inclined, PLEASE DONATE whatever you are able HERE NOW! Thank You.

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The below information is shared from Kim Henderson, the author of 50 Simple Steps to Save the World’s Rainforests (Freedom Press, 2012).

1. Avoid Palm Oil
Palm oil is the most-traded plant oil in the world and is a common ingredient in confections, baked goods, personal care products, cleaning products and biofuels. The problem is that the top exporters, Indonesia and Malaysia, have replaced vast amounts of tropical forest to establish palm oil plantations, releasing gargantuan amounts of carbon into the atmosphere in the process. In fact, Indonesia is one of the world’s largest carbon emitters due to its deforestation. Avoid products with palm oil or choose products made with organic palm oil instead. Most organic palm oil sources employ better environmental practices. If one of your favorite products is made with palm oil, contact the manufacturer and express your concern about tropical deforestation.

2. Eat Brazil Nuts
Brazil nut trees only flower and bear fruit in forested areas of the Amazon rainforest. Efforts to cultivate them on plantations have largely failed. Unlike other resources, Brazil nuts can be sustainably extracted—and they provide much-needed revenue to many communities within the Amazon. A robust Brazil nut trade both encourages maintenance of intact rainforest and gives locals a way to make an income without harming the rainforest. Brazil nuts are not just delicious, but also quite nutritious—they are a complete protein and high in selenium and essential fatty acids. You can add them to your morning cereal or baked goods, or roast them and add to salads or pasta. This is truly an easy way to help the Amazon.

3. Say No to “Dirty Gold”
Gold mining has the distinction of being one of the most destructive industries in the world, particularly in tropical areas such as Ghana, the Amazon, the Philippines, West Papua and Papua New Guinea, where both large- and small-scale mining outfits have cleared extensive amounts of vegetation and forest to access minerals below. The large mines require roads to open up more isolated areas to miners who further destroy the rainforest with destructive activities, and who sometimes spread disease to indigenous populations. Even more destructive is the release of toxic chemicals, such as mercury and cyanide, used in the process of gold extraction. Yet, gold has no traceability. The industry that supplies gold to retailers is widely dispersed, with many refineries purchasing the metal from mines around the world—often melting the different sources together before shipping to manufacturers or banks. You can help tropical rainforests by choosing to purchase only recycled gold or vintage gold jewelry and by avoiding gold investments. Some retailers have partnered with Earthworks and are now acquiring “sustainable” gold from a U.S. mine. Visit Earthwork’s websites or to learn more.

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