Ahhh, it is the beginning of a month already filled with too many societal, health-related and personal issues affecting those I love. Some of it unexpected, some of it chronic, but all of it too much at once, leaving the family system rather depleted. Time to “circle the wagons” so we can all rest and recharge. Some seasons just work that way… I am ready for spring to stay!
So, I find myself pulling from the bookshelf an old favorite that helps remind me to remain clear and focused and hopeful when troublesome events wear us down.
“The Invitation” (1999) by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is “a declaration of intent, a map into the longing of the soul, the desire to live passionately, face-to-face with ourselves and skin-to-skin with the world around us.”
Shared by word of mouth, e-mailed from reader to reader, recited over the radio, and read aloud at thousands of retreats and conferences, “The Invitation” has changed the lives of people everywhere. In this bestselling book, Oriah expand on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem, which presents a powerful challenge to all who long to live an authentic life.
In a world that is both uncertain and chaotic, “The Invitation” opens the door to a new way of life — a way of intimacy, honesty, and peace with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Oriah invites us to embrace the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment, to sorrow and betrayal, and to open ourselves to all that is possible. “The Invitation” is an invaluable guide to overcoming the obstacles that stand in our way and to discovering the true beauty that life has to offer.
Accept the invitation and open yourself to a more meaningful life. There is no better time than the present to take a fresh look at life and appreciate what is good… Coming though a rough stretch in terms of responsibilities and concerns provides a perfect opprotunity to refresh yourself and the way you experience your life.
Here is a link to Oriah’s website, her poem, and blog. Hope all is well with you and yours…