Not Religious But Spiritual

Sorry this is so long but well worth the read:

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 the wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, 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 it's presence,
I want to know if you can live with failures, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the 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 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.

By: Oriah Mountain Dreamer (book the invitation).
mpde mpde
56-60, F
1 Response May 7, 2012

These are some ideals to aspire to. What a great read<br />
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I have been told that the differance between religious, and spiritual is<br />
Religion is for people affraid of going to hell and <br />
Spiritual is for those of us who have already been there.

Well said. I also believe the difference is between the two is Relationship. I can respect someone and admire them but untill I get to know them I can't really have a relationship with them.

thanks Victor