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Canticle of Praise

Poems From The Porch

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I’m happiest when You’re the focus of my attention, when I’m captivated by the dazzling hues of the flowers, when the sparkle of a dew drop on the vibrant grass makes me gasp in awe, when I am enchanted by the wind and the fragrance of the jasmine, when I relax into the moment, allowing myself to feel held and supported, and when in a flash of recognition, I know that You are Me, here to have this experience.


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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