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Welcome to The Dance, the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer′s new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of The Invitation challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are ph Welcome to The Dance, the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer′s new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of The Invitation challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are physically and emotionally stressed and our spirits are depleted, we must realise that happiness has not vanished but is buried beneath the clutter of our harried lives. With rare courage and honesty, Oriah unveils the challenge of her inspiring poem through compelling stories from her own experience, offering us tools to become fully the person we already are -- not ways to change."To dance -- to live in a way that is consistent with our longing" -- is to discover a gift that we can give ourselves again and again over a lifetime. To dance, alone or with others, is to be who we truly are as we fulfill our soul′s desires. To do this, we must learn how to let go and slow down, returning to the sacred emptiness where we encounter our true self. Practical, inspiring, and profoundly illuminating, The Dance is an invitation to discover a place of connection, serenity, and joy that is uniquely our own."


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Welcome to The Dance, the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer′s new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of The Invitation challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are ph Welcome to The Dance, the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer′s new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of The Invitation challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are physically and emotionally stressed and our spirits are depleted, we must realise that happiness has not vanished but is buried beneath the clutter of our harried lives. With rare courage and honesty, Oriah unveils the challenge of her inspiring poem through compelling stories from her own experience, offering us tools to become fully the person we already are -- not ways to change."To dance -- to live in a way that is consistent with our longing" -- is to discover a gift that we can give ourselves again and again over a lifetime. To dance, alone or with others, is to be who we truly are as we fulfill our soul′s desires. To do this, we must learn how to let go and slow down, returning to the sacred emptiness where we encounter our true self. Practical, inspiring, and profoundly illuminating, The Dance is an invitation to discover a place of connection, serenity, and joy that is uniquely our own."

30 review for The Dance: Moving To the Rhythms of Your True Self

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sabina Manolache

    This is where I believe "Books can change people". I have never felt more at peace and capable of loving what I don't or can't understand. I have no words to write what this book changed in me, what it taught me. I am grateful my best friend brought it into my life. This is where I believe "Books can change people". I have never felt more at peace and capable of loving what I don't or can't understand. I have no words to write what this book changed in me, what it taught me. I am grateful my best friend brought it into my life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie Meurens

    Loved this book; it's raw, real and beautiful. The author asks insightful questions which makes us think more deeply on the meaning of our life, feelings and actions without pretending she knows the answers to it all but simply inviting us to explore them with her. Highly recommended. Loved this book; it's raw, real and beautiful. The author asks insightful questions which makes us think more deeply on the meaning of our life, feelings and actions without pretending she knows the answers to it all but simply inviting us to explore them with her. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Satia

    I will be writing a more thorough review of this book for my blog. What I like most about Oriah Mountain Dreamer's books is that I understand how she thinks and feels about things. Although our spiritual practices are different what we believe is so very similar that I find myself nodding, with a gentle smile, as I see my thoughts mirrored back to me in her books. I will be writing a more thorough review of this book for my blog. What I like most about Oriah Mountain Dreamer's books is that I understand how she thinks and feels about things. Although our spiritual practices are different what we believe is so very similar that I find myself nodding, with a gentle smile, as I see my thoughts mirrored back to me in her books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The single most profound book I have ever read. My new favorite. Keeping this one close to my heart to share with someone special :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Farheen

    Oriah writes with such lucidity that you don't feel like putting the book down. But the ideas are at a deep intense level and the language has a steering of its own :) So unless you like delving deeper into the abyss of your consciousness, this book will otherwise not appeal to you. It is truly a recommended book to any seeker of spiritual seeking and completeness at a core level. Her idea of understanding the Sacred Mystery is so simply and so well explained! Loved it. Totally in line with Sufi Oriah writes with such lucidity that you don't feel like putting the book down. But the ideas are at a deep intense level and the language has a steering of its own :) So unless you like delving deeper into the abyss of your consciousness, this book will otherwise not appeal to you. It is truly a recommended book to any seeker of spiritual seeking and completeness at a core level. Her idea of understanding the Sacred Mystery is so simply and so well explained! Loved it. Totally in line with Sufi thought :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Great meditations at the end of each chapter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    WOW.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caprice

    I admire the depth of soul to which this author reaches. She does not simply scratch the surface of individual spirituality and existence but offers insightful personal stories and self-examining questions that help discover, unfold,and embrace the souls joy. There are useful meditations at the closing of each section that help in becoming known better to the self and enable us access to a starting point where we can begin to live from a deeper and deeper connection with who we really are. This I admire the depth of soul to which this author reaches. She does not simply scratch the surface of individual spirituality and existence but offers insightful personal stories and self-examining questions that help discover, unfold,and embrace the souls joy. There are useful meditations at the closing of each section that help in becoming known better to the self and enable us access to a starting point where we can begin to live from a deeper and deeper connection with who we really are. This is surely a book to keep close and read then re-read again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    great so far, just forgot to finish it. not really a self help book, but a memoir about a mom dealing with lifes ups and downs. - ok finished it. some of the book was really good, but the lady who wrote it is kind of a hippy so some parts are weird about listening to the earth and sacred solitude.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DYG Coaching

    Oriah begins each of her books with a delightful poem, and then goes into detail in each chapter, providing examples from her own life. The book is enjoyable, inspiring, and easy to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    WR

    Found this book quite illuminating though I haven't quite practised the meditations. The sense that e are good enough as we are and should just be ourselves is truly liberating. Found this book quite illuminating though I haven't quite practised the meditations. The sense that e are good enough as we are and should just be ourselves is truly liberating.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tyrone

    A poetic masterpiece, full of insight, eloquently written, spiritually rewarding, thought evoking, and existentially driven.

  13. 4 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    I liked this book , but I don't think it measure up to ' The Invitation' . Just a little to much on the mystical side for me . I liked this book , but I don't think it measure up to ' The Invitation' . Just a little to much on the mystical side for me .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Norma Jean

    The book starts off with a prelude of questions followed by a poem called “The Dance.” That, then, becomes the basis of her book. Each chapter begins with a section of the poem and then is expanded and explored by Ms. Mountain Dreamer’s (a name given her at the end of a ceremony in which she participated) own story along with other examples of those she has known. The end of each chapter is a meditation or time of reflective questions on how the chapter relates to your life and what you might wa The book starts off with a prelude of questions followed by a poem called “The Dance.” That, then, becomes the basis of her book. Each chapter begins with a section of the poem and then is expanded and explored by Ms. Mountain Dreamer’s (a name given her at the end of a ceremony in which she participated) own story along with other examples of those she has known. The end of each chapter is a meditation or time of reflective questions on how the chapter relates to your life and what you might want to unravel about that topic. Some of the chapters explore slowing down, relationships, sorrow and anger and others—all the while reinforcing that we are loving enough/compassionate enough in whatever stage we find ourselves, no matter what life tosses our way. She also stresses why slowing down to do the dance of life for those of us who find ourselves over-booked, over-work without time for the important things. She addresses how fear drives us too many times in directions we really don’t want to go. She is a divorced woman who lives several doors down from her ex-husband as they share every-other-day custody of their children, both having learned they are better friends than mates. She doesn’t air dirty laundry about that but talks intimately of her ex remarrying one of her best friends and some of the issues that brought up—sometimes going against her own advice. She gets very real about life and love and deep feelings, maybe prompting the reader to really understand she knows how each feels as they read through her book. As you now know, she is a writer and also holds workshops teaching many of the lessons found in the book. The timing of the reading was interesting as I fit it around an intense seminar experience of 4 10+ hours of input with a high-powered business success personality in an event with 23,000 others. It was really a test of what I was taking from her book as I was at the 1/2-way point into "The Dance." I, until fairly recently, was "never enough," in ways of money-making, time-management, social situations, etc. It turned out that a portion of that speaker's time was to reassure the audience that we are enough to achieve the goals we set for ourselves...whew!!! I could be ME!!! Finishing the book after that experience was a nice transition back to the real world, being enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maybelline Tan

    Honest and simple Oriah is an honest writer. She doesn’t hide her failures, feelings, bad thoughts or mistakes even as a spiritual guide. Her writings are down to earth, practical and applicable steps for living a slower and calmer life. This book is easy to read, things we might have already know but to be reminded again. I also enjoyed her brutal honesty at the events her life and I felt so human and adequate after finishing this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paige Craine

    This book guided me into a better healing space and opened up my mind to a new perspective of trauma and my own reactions to that trauma. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has lived through tough circumstance and wants to come through it with light and energy to keep unfolding their life in a positive way!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gato Negro

    A most excellent read...I find Oriah Mountain Dreamer's words intoxicating, inviting, inspiring and a little intimidating but only because they prod me to do the work required for elevation of the highest self. A most excellent read...I find Oriah Mountain Dreamer's words intoxicating, inviting, inspiring and a little intimidating but only because they prod me to do the work required for elevation of the highest self.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenessa

    Loved everything about this book! Still read the poem to this day, and I love how each chapter dives in deep about a couple lines. It is both a book about life and love and being true to yourself, and a beautiful elaboration of the poem.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Amundson

    Made me cry. The author is honest in her self assessment and emotions. I just felt this deep sadness every time I picked up the book to read. Not sure if it's me and my emotions or a reaction to the author's emotions. Made it difficult to finish. Made me cry. The author is honest in her self assessment and emotions. I just felt this deep sadness every time I picked up the book to read. Not sure if it's me and my emotions or a reaction to the author's emotions. Made it difficult to finish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cris B

    Bom

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Mullen

    I love Oriah's writing and stories. Her words speak directly to my soul. I love Oriah's writing and stories. Her words speak directly to my soul.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Loved it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    I read the cover many times and was moved by. And the beginning few pages. I don’t really know why I don’t want to continue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Harrison Rip

    BEAUTIFUL and inspiring but a very slow read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Loved the invitation, but was a little disappointed with this book in that it was more like her personal journal. Some parts I had to slog through; other (small) parts were excellent.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natasya Bakarudin

    Profoundly illuminating.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ida

    I was greatly moved by a quote, and then I got to know that it was from a poem; The Invitation. The poem instantly clicked with my soul and I kept my eyes peeled for the author who gifted the rich words; Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Then I saw this book, and bought it. It is part poetry, rendering auto-biographical anecdotes, and part self help book. I did not read it on one sitting; it is not the kind of book. It is a book for one in need of something deeper that your heart recognizes and yearns for. I was greatly moved by a quote, and then I got to know that it was from a poem; The Invitation. The poem instantly clicked with my soul and I kept my eyes peeled for the author who gifted the rich words; Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Then I saw this book, and bought it. It is part poetry, rendering auto-biographical anecdotes, and part self help book. I did not read it on one sitting; it is not the kind of book. It is a book for one in need of something deeper that your heart recognizes and yearns for. It is interesting to see that her guidance is anything although dubbed New Age but is really an old spiritual practice of the sacred, that's imbibed in many other mystical teachings of the soul and the basic religious traditions. And it is also very interesting to know that everyone, whose not lost in the noise of the world yearns the same as everyone who opens their heart to the sacred. No matter what traditions, even those that she's written that I don't subscribe to makes sense. That through the silence, the truth is within the qalb (the heart). This is a book, that I'll be coming back again whence my soul calls for it. I will meditate to the guides she's outlined soon, on a quiet day. And maybe...I'll hug a tree!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Oriah writes beautifully, period. There were few concepts in the book that were new to me, or that I didn't already hold firm belief in, but she related her personal stories and stories of those she's come across in life in a way that secured my beliefs even more. Oriah invites us to dance to the rhythm of our own music, despite our society's tendency to encourage us to dance to the same beat as others. The book is about being mindful and fully present as often as possible, in order to discover Oriah writes beautifully, period. There were few concepts in the book that were new to me, or that I didn't already hold firm belief in, but she related her personal stories and stories of those she's come across in life in a way that secured my beliefs even more. Oriah invites us to dance to the rhythm of our own music, despite our society's tendency to encourage us to dance to the same beat as others. The book is about being mindful and fully present as often as possible, in order to discover our essential selves and accept ourselves just the way we are, faults and all. She speaks about finding places we can call "home," places where we feel we can most easily dance our own dances without reservation. She encourages us to express love to those who are important in our lives, while always remembering those we've loved before. Oriah wrote this book to help us remember that our essential selves are loving, compassionate, and aware. When negative thoughts and emotions seem to dominate our thinking, we can know that they do NOT define who we are and always return to that loving presence within us.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Kobawala

    It was a nice light read for a stressful time. It made me think and brought me some warm thoughts-- good food for soul. Quotes I liked: "When I was young and I met a man, I wanted to know if he believed women were equal and entitled to the same choices as those afforded to men. Now, I am more interested in whether or not he'll cook some of the meals regularly and clean up after- including cleaning out the unidentifiable gunk that collects in the sink strainer- without making a big deal out of it It was a nice light read for a stressful time. It made me think and brought me some warm thoughts-- good food for soul. Quotes I liked: "When I was young and I met a man, I wanted to know if he believed women were equal and entitled to the same choices as those afforded to men. Now, I am more interested in whether or not he'll cook some of the meals regularly and clean up after- including cleaning out the unidentifiable gunk that collects in the sink strainer- without making a big deal out of it. I am less interested in people's articulated spiritual believes or political philosophies and more interested in whether or not they are true to themselves even when it costs them something, whether or not they can be kind when it is easier to be indifferent, whether or not they can remember that to be human is to be flawed and spectacular and deeply compassionate." "I was with other women who made me content, but they never made me dream. You make me dream."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beate Matvejeva

    I did not know what expect from this book. Once again my skeptical side had switched on and I started it rather reluctantly.. I'm happy that I was wrong. I really enjoyed reading this. I experienced a mixture of different feelings...in some parts of the book I would shake my head in agreement, in others not so much...and then there were those parts that made me laugh and almost move me to tears. This book made me think and look at certain things from a different perspective. Happy I read it! Loved I did not know what expect from this book. Once again my skeptical side had switched on and I started it rather reluctantly.. I'm happy that I was wrong. I really enjoyed reading this. I experienced a mixture of different feelings...in some parts of the book I would shake my head in agreement, in others not so much...and then there were those parts that made me laugh and almost move me to tears. This book made me think and look at certain things from a different perspective. Happy I read it! Loved the meditations after each chapter!Recommend!

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