Week Two – The Ache
Here is the poem that Carol Supplied us with.
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 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 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
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
I want to know if you can
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
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
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
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.
© 1995 by Oriah House, From “Dreams Of Desire”
We had to Meditate on things we “ache for” right now. And here is how I played
First of all I hand wrote the whole poem onto another sheet of paper in coloured gel pans, to make sure that the words actually sunk in!
Next I decorated this little ‘used” envelope to use as my keeping place for my “aches” I crumpled it to give it an aged look and used some ink pads for some colour
Then it was time to meditate or take some time to think of the things I “Ache” for and that was easier than I expected and here they are in their hiding space. The best bit is it’s not sealed so I can go back and add more “Aches” if I want or need to.
I really enjoyed creating this weeks challenge. Some have not been as easy.
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