Honoring Your Longing with Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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"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. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive." These are the opening stanzas of the meditative poem The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Unexpectedly copied and shared by thousands around the world via bulletin boards, the Internet and workshop readings, the poem has taken on a life of its own. In this unique interview, Oriah Mountain Dreamer tells you how this remarkable poem came to be. She expands on each stanza, adding depth to the words with an authenticity that will stir you with an intense longing. "I trust longing; I have a real faith in longing--we ache most for what we feel is not there--ultimately, what we all ache for is intimacy." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a visionary, an author and a teacher, who speaks at conferences and retreats throughout the United States and Canada.

Her books include: 

To learn more about the work of Oriah Mountain Dreamer go to www.oriahmountaindreamer.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the difference between desire, daydreams, and longing
  • How to have what you truly desire
  • Why perfectionism is the enemy of wholeness
  • How to overcome the fears that prevent you from pursuing your dreams
  • How to know when it's time to leave or move on
  • How to find miracles in pain and aloneness
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 6/24/1999       Program Number: 2781