Will You Stand in the Center of the Fire and Not Shrink Back? favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - December 20th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

In today’s episode, Rachel shares a beautiful message that she comes back to again and again, one that has stirred her heart and touched her soul.

Tune in to find the meaning of joy, sadness and finding your true self. If you’re open to it, the universe holds so many invitations.


[01:01] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Friday, you guys! It's Feel-Good Friday today and I'm really excited about today's episode because I used Instagram the other day to poll a little bit around topics and suggestions and ideas for the Yoga Girl Daily show. And I had this amazing suggestion that I think fits perfectly for our Feel-Good Fridays and that is, to once in a while, share a really inspiring heartfelt quote that's changed my life or a poem that has moved me or a little excerpt from a book sharing some work of art through this show. Something that has really moved me in hopes that it will move you too, and I love this idea so, so, so much because I have a whole library of quotes and poems and things I come back to again and again and I am so excited that I can share some of this work of art with you. Today for Feel-Good Friday, I have a poem in mind that makes me cry every time. I don't know how I'm going to read it to you without crying, but let's see. It just really stirs my heart and it's something that just makes me come alive every time I read it. I read this in my yoga classes a lot and I come back to it again and again. It's called The Invitation and it's by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

[02:30] Here we go…

[02:33] 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.

[02:43] 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, to be realistic or 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's 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, wary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

[04:30] 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 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. I don't know about you, but I have goosebumps covering my entire body reading you this. Again, this poem is called The Invitation and it's by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I hope you can feel this in your heart and perhaps carry this poem through the rest of this week. Thank you so much for listening to Yoga Girl Daily today. For letting me share this beautiful piece of art with you. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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