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The Dance: Moving To the Rhythms of Your True Self

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 21st 2001 by HarperOne
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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. ...more
Nathalie Meurens
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zen-and-yoga
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. ...more
Dec 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers, native american spiritualists, women
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. ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The single most profound book I have ever read. My new favorite. Keeping this one close to my heart to share with someone special :)
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Farheen by: Julaiha
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
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Great meditations at the end of each chapter.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Apr 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A poetic masterpiece, full of insight, eloquently written, spiritually rewarding, thought evoking, and existentially driven.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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 . ...more
Norma Jean
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Maybelline Tan
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paige Craine
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Gato Negro
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Carolyn Amundson
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Cris B
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Marianne Mullen
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Oriah's writing and stories. Her words speak directly to my soul. ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
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.
Harrison Rip
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL and inspiring but a very slow read
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.
Natasya Bakarudin
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Profoundly illuminating.
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-openers
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
Pooja Kobawala
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked 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
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Oriah is first and foremost a story-teller, a lover of words and symbols and the stories that lift our spirits, open our hearts and offer us ways to see patterns and create meaning in our lives. The focus of her life and work has been an on-going inquiry into the Sacred Mystery. Her writing, teaching and personal journey all explore how we can each become the individual we are at the deepest level ...more

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