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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

A Wisdom of Participation

Poems From The Porch


Rocking gently


caressed by the soft strums of a guitar


candle flame swaying with the tune


fragrance of cedar and fir


cozy warmth of being nestled in my chair


surrendering my defenses to receive the gifts of the day


curious, willing, vulnerable


present


wondering about the mysterious magic of it all


how we each get our allotment of time to experience the complexities of life


every being generously offered encounters with pleasure and pain


bestowed tenderhearted opportunities to feel and honor


to love and let go


and to confront the mind taking over to try to figure things out


to solve an illusory puzzle


whose pieces can only be connected


through the heart – –


a wisdom of participation

 

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 truths to 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.

 

 

 

 

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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