Being the Real You

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Being the Real You

Being who we are really meant to be can be daunting.  Even to figure out who we are meant to be can be a challenge.  I want to share with you a poem that was read at a workshop I attended recently (thank you, Lynn Schuster, Animal Spirit Talker, for sharing!)  The poem is by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, a Native American Elder, and demonstrates what I mean by “being the real you”:

The Invitation

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 dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

 

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring with 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 the 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 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, 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 by being true to yourself, if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

 

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.

 

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty everyday, and if you can source your life from the eternal Spirit’s presence.

 

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the sliver 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 for the children.

 

It doesn’t interest me who you are, 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 truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

 

 

About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.

5 Comments

  1. Dana June 4, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, Bonnie! What a wonderful description of the real us, “I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.”

  2. Josee June 4, 2015 at 2:16 am - Reply

    What a beautiful poem. Just the other day I was telling my friend, you know you’re you when you enjoy your own company. Being authentic can most definitely be daunting. Why would you wan to be anyone else though? There will always be only one you.

  3. Tina Games June 4, 2015 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Wow, what a powerful poem! It really makes you think about where you are, right now – in this moment of time – in your heart and in your soul. I’ll be pondering some of these lines when I journal tonight. ~ And what a lovely image you’ve chosen for this post! ~ Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  4. Kailean Welsh June 4, 2015 at 6:02 am - Reply

    This is such a powerful verse, and I, like Dana, am struck by the line: “I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.” That takes us right down to the core, doesn’t it? What an important question for our own self-awareness.

  5. Patricia Young June 4, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem Bonnie! it’s deep and powerful!! it really makes you think, see things from a different and more profound perspective and bring more awareness about the things that, at the end of the day, really matter.

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