Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

The Invitation

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 center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled 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, 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, ‘Yes.’

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.

- Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Where The Wild Things Are…

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver

I’ve been going to where the wild things are lately. Just like Max in Maurice Sendak’s famous children’s book, sometimes we need to just slip away and “let the wild rumpus begin”….

Here’s the recipe I’ve been cooking with…

1. Gather in a room with lots of people – the more, the better

2. Listen to loud, pulsating, gyrating Latin music

3. Begin moving your body

4. Notice places in your body that you never imagined existed

5. Let go

6. Shake your booty

7. Smile ( :

8. Feel more in your body than you’ve felt in a long time

9. Ahhh….Lightness

“Let the wild rumpus begin!”

Throughout most of my first Zumba class I initially felt very self-conscious and up-tight, but I kept at it as there was a part of me that knew something special was happening if I would just get out of my own way. Once I got out of my head and into my body, my learning really began. As I looked around I could see everyone in the room moving and gyrating with smiles on their faces.

Like Max, I was transported to a place where magic began to happen.

All of the sudden the heaviness of the day began to melt away. My burdens, “to do” list, plans and worries from the day began to fade into lightness. Humor was more accessible. The mood just didn’t stop after the class was over — it opened up a new way of being in myself and with others, a lighter, more connected place in myself that was infectious. Just what the doctor ordered!

Getting wild in this way takes us to a place where nothing else can. It helps us access the wisdom of our body and a mood of lightness – the type of freedom we can only give to ourselves. This doesn’t come with the empty promises that our consumer-driven world frequently offers us a good life – the kind of external solutions such as alcohol, expensive vacations, and buying a new car.

I am adopting this as a regular practice, one with lasting promises. I love Zumba, but I invite you to figure out what works for you – whether it is dancing in your living room, taking a class, going to a disco or a party.

Try it sometime, you might just like it….and get wild!

“…don’t just think with your head, think with your whole body.” ~ Eckhart Tolle




“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
~Watty Piper

Watching Chris Sharma’s determination and enthusiasm in his first ascent of Dreamcatcher (a granite route on the Cadodemon boulder in Squamish, British Columbia) is inspirational, to say the least. It certainly puts my challenges in perspective. It also inspires me to dream BIG. We can all learn a lot from Chris as we watch him live his dream.

While his strength and physicality are remarkable, it is his perspective that moves me. He is realistic about the challenge and when he faces obstacles, he knows when to “let go” and when to perservere. This is the space for real learning to occur, as letting go for me often seems counterintuitive to moving forward. Sometimes it is harder. His letting go does not become a failure; he returns the next month with buoyancy and determination to start anew.

You know there is a happy ending to this story.

Happy endings are not just made in Hollywood. But they are not just made in dreams either. I love this as it is not an ending, per se. While it is a dream, it also is just another day, another climb in this guy’s life. It’s a practice. Happy endings are born in the patience, perserverence, and practice to achieve our dreams. And our dreams can often feel like failure, set-backs and lulls, depending on where you are in the climb and when and how the lens is capturing the moment.

I’m going to take in the inspiration of dreamcatcher as I begin my day.

Rock on!