A Good Day To Smile
Poems From The Porch
Today is a good day
to smile at the grand expression
of extravagance abounding.
What do you notice?
What do you see?
Go out of your mind!
Yes, get, git, get out!
Drop into your heart right now
so that you can be enamored
with the ways that Life
is presenting Herself to you
in this moment,
fully expecting your appreciation
Out of your mind right now – – go!
Feel into your body
and the miracle of fragrance
and vestibular vibrancy
that only fresh immediately
Do it now!
Otherwise you might miss
your whole life.
The movie and dialogue that
you replay in your head
are sad substitutes for living.
go out of your mind.
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 · REFLECT · RESPOND · REST
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.
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,
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