O is for Oriah Mountain Dreamer #AtoZchallenge

ODear Oriah,

From the day I set my eyes on The Invitation, my life has changed. I remember sitting in the local cafes and devouring your books. Sometimes, it got awkward, because uninvited tears spilled down my face. You have such a special way with words: they are raw, fierce, naked and powerful. I loved learning about your life and your struggles, because in the mirror of you, I could see myself. Like you, I struggled to surrender. Like you, I was exhausted and running myself into the ground. Like you, I longed for stillness and finding my true path. Like you, I aspired to walk my own talk.

With each of your books – The Dance; The Call; What We Ache For – I could connect to my longings at a deeper level. As you led the way, your capacity for empathy and commitment to your spiritual path were awe-inspiring. I loved how you owned the human messiness. My sense was it wasn’t always comfortable to write those stories down. But the messier it got, the more I loved your quiet authentic voice.

Then for a few years I lost touch with you.

Other teachers came along.

But the call of your Invitation has stayed alive in me.

With love,

Gulara

Thank you for reading. This post is a part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is ‘love letters’. And while you are here, let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter too. 

 

11 thoughts on “O is for Oriah Mountain Dreamer #AtoZchallenge

  1. And how wonderful it is, that now you are inspiring so much other people 😉
    (Another writer I will put on my ‘really should read this’ 😉 )
    Have a nice week dear Gulara, Kind regards Patty

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    • It so kind of you to say that, Patty. I’m glad my writing inspires. And her writing has definitely touched my life. Perhaps, read her poem The Invitation. See whether it resonates. Have a wonderful week ahead, Patty. Thank you for connecting.

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  2. Oh, now my curiosity is aroused! I had promised myself ‘no more books’ would be added to my INCREDIBLY long kindle list for a while, but… I’m tempted, after reading the above.

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    • Read her poem The Invitation and see whether it resonates. She unpacks it in her book. I really like her books. It’s been a while since I’ve read them but they are still alive in me. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  3. I love it when I find an author who resonates with me. I could not pull up The Invitation for some reason so I’ll go Google it later. You too are an inspiring writer. I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for being the lovely lady that you are! Big Hugs!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this Gulara. I found it encouraging to hear you appreciating somebody writing about the messiness of things. Personally, I find this messiness a much more honest reflection of what I see. Relationships are incredibly complex and nuanced and even the darkest villains, have redeeming characteristics which muddy the waters. Yet, as writers, I feel we’re often expected to explain the sort out the mess and yet some of it proves quite resistant. It doesn’t want to be filed and sorted but simply left alone.
    I feel like I have dived deep into this mess with my letters to dead poets and reading this has helped to validate my lack of answers and confusion.
    xx Rowena

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    • You really dived deep, Rowena, your letter-writing capacity is amazing, and I love how you craft your letters. Relationships can be very messy. We get triggered and project all sorts of things on others. And looking at the lives of talented writers, you come to realise that they are not all that wonderful… It’s complicated. As you work your way through the alphabet, I’m sure clarity will come. We don’t need to know all the answers to find the clarity. At least that’s what I’m discovering in my own letter-writing quest 🙂 Many blessings. xx

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