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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani


Poems From The Porch

Only she who does not approve of herself seeks to acquire the approval of others.

Only he who feels powerless tries to dominate and resist others or constrain himself.

Only they who fear uncertainty strategize to build their own security.

There is an alternative way of being that needs not to strive, control, or prepare.

This way is revealed in gratitude and awe, full-embodied presence, and attuned response to, “What is mine to do?”

Rest now, dear one, in unconditional self-love, enduring faith, and endless hope.

Let go of the need to make things happen, and release your resistance to the flow of the world.

Today is a good day to trust in the process of life to bring the highest good.


Engaging With The Poem

Poetry can be a doorway to the soul and your own creativity. Throughout the ages, the written word has been used as a means to access personal truth and as a vehicle for prayer through the practice of sacred reading (lectio divina). I encourage you to try this beautiful practice and let its fruits be self-evident.

How to Practice Sacred Reading


Read the passage through slowly more than once, noticing how it feels in your body and the response of your heart.

Reflect: What word resonates with you? What phrase speaks to you? What overall personal meaning comes to you? Allow yourself to follow a tangent.

Respond by making space for the prayer of your heart to manifest. Write down the words and/or phrases that resonate with you and allow them to arrange themselves into your own poem or prayer.

Rest with your eyes closed, perhaps using the word that most resonates with you as your mantra for silent meditation.


Dear friend,

May your mind be peaceful and calm, may your body be relaxed and comfortable, and may your heart be filled with love.

Thank you for reading.

Blessings and gratitude, Ani

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