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Gems 4.83 Oriah Mountain Dreamer An Invitation photo Lynnie Dance Comp NYC

The Invitation
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

☼ 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 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.

 

 

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Lynnie / Niki 2011 NYC

Special thanks to  Lynnie Bear  one of my muses.  The photo used today was taken in NYC at a dance competition during one of those happy days when fear did not shut me down.  It is among my favorite memories.  I changed the photo to try to portray the way I feel when I dance.  Lynnie’s gracefulness always inspired me to recapture the joy of dance I had as a young girl and to let go of the fear.   Dancing is one of the things I ache for, and long to do well again. What do you ache for? What do you long to do?  Who inspires you to do it? Share your thoughts in the comments.  Feel free to answer any of Oriah’s beautiful questions.

Here’s a beautiful version of this poem by KalaGaia:

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4.82 under100skies Paul Gauguin

 

 

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Paul Gauguin was born in Paris on June 7, 1848 at the time of revolutionary upheavals throughout Europe. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Contemporaries and friends included other post-impressionist artists Émile Bernard, Vincent van Gogh and Eugene Boch. Towards the end of his life he spent ten years in French Polynesia, and most of his paintings from this time depict people or landscapes from that region.  He died in May, 1903 at the age of 54. Source: Wikipedia

 

“No one is good; no one is evil; everyone is both, in the same way and in different ways. …It is so small a thing, the life of a man, and yet there is time to do great things, fragments of the common task.”  — Paul Gauguin, Intimate Journals, 1903

 

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Still Life with Profile of Laval, 1886, Indianapolis Museum of Art by Gauguin, Paul (1848 – 1903) – Artist (French) Details of artist on Google Art Project – 6AG67_MG6cNK3w at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain

 

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Special thanks to ♡ Carole  for sharing this quote.

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Gems 4.81 Maximilian Kolbe

 

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Fr.Maximilian_Kolbe_1939Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM Conv. (Polish: Maksymilian Maria Kolbe (8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near Warsaw, operating an amateur radio station (SP3RN), and founding or running several other organizations and publications. Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a Martyr of charity…John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”.  Source:  Wikipedia

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4.79 Ruskin Dawn Life Begins Sunset Life Ends

By: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

“The Two Paths” is a collection of five lectures delivered in 1858 and 1859 by John Ruskin on art and architecture. This is how the author himself presents the book: “The following addresses, though spoken at different times, are intentionally connected in subject; their aim being to set one or two main principles of art in simple light before the general student, and to indicate their practical bearing on modern design. The law which it has been my effort chiefly to illustrate is the dependence of all noble design, in any kind, on the sculpture or painting of Organic Form.” The most famous of these, the fifth lecture, is commonly known simply as “The Work of Iron”

Source:  Loyal Books (f/k/a “Books Should Be Free”).  Full (free) version of John Ruskin, The Two Paths ←is here.

 

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Gems 4.78 Andre Gide Truth Seekers

 

 

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Photo by Niki Flow

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