click image to enlarge

The Invitation

It Doesn't Interest Me What You Do for a Living. I want to Know what You Ache For
By:
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
April, 2006
ISBN:
9780061116711
In stock now: 
0
We are currently out of stock of this item. You can purchase it now. It is one of these 3:

  • A regular stock item, already on order
  • A "special order only" item, which we can order in for you. For these, please expect a delay of up to 3 weeks in addition to our normal delivery times.
  • A forthcoming title (note publication date above)

Contact us:
Phone us: (from Vancouver area) 604-732-7912
(from elsewhere in Canada or U.S.) 1-800-663-8442
Email us: thefolks@banyen.com
$19.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Oriah’s poem “Invitation” has been recited and quoted at spiritual conferences by Robert Bly, Jack Kornfield, Angeles Arrien, and many other teachers. You may know how it starts:

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.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer lives in Toronto and leads retreats. In this first book she speaks from the heart, reflecting on everything from desire to betrayal to beauty, to failure to commitment to “the fire,” and offers practical and often surprising suggestions for how to live the amazing mystery of every day, to recognize true beauty in ourselves and the world around us, and how to find the sustenance that our spirit longs for.

Now that I am more able to be with myself, I seek those I can be with completely without losing myself. And when I listen for and follow the quiet but deep impulse to move toward someone—moving only as quickly as I can while staying connected to this impulse—I find a sweet ease in my body and an infinite tenderness in my heart. And I recognize what I have longed for in the nameless ache that has been with me for so many years.

Now in paperback, The Invitation unpacks each rich line of her poem with a whole array of insights and stories.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 expands 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 of endless small talk, constant traffic jams, and overburdened schedules, "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.

Shared by word of "mouth," emailed 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 best-selling "book," Mountain Dreamer expands on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem. In a world of endless small "talk," traffic jams and overburdened "schedules," Mountain Dreamer issues a powerful challenge to all who long to live an authentic life. Accept the invitation!

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review