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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This is something I wanted to share with all of you since for myself really being comfortable in the moments alone and living authentically has been a huge part of my journey. And the things that are important to me are not the externals but the heart centered, inner spirit of a person and if they are willing to let the masks down and be truly vulnerable, beautifully open and willing to sit with all their feelings whether it is love or pain for that is the only way we can connect with ourselves at the deepest level and then be that with another.

For many that is a scary unknown to be that open and vulnerable and face our own fears, anger, pain, doubts, faults, and shadow sides but the only way to truly love and connect with our own heart is to look at all our sides in those moments when we are alone and grow and learn from them and embrace and be authentic about who we really are. All of it is part of what has gotten us to this moment and who we are in this moment.

with love ~ Kirsten


The Invitation by 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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