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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani


Poems From The Porch

This is a magical place where the meadowlark, cardinal, wren, and mockingbird sing in harmony, with the bluejay providing a sforzando, and the mourning dove contributing her solo.

The rooster conducts the orchestra from afar.

I am watering the seeds of mindfulness and appreciation today as the fragrances of spring envelop me and a delicious breeze caresses my skin.

It is the touch of Love letting me know that I am seen and a vital part of this lush environment.

Sitting here in admiration, I am communicating to myself and all beings what I treasure, that being still, listening to the voice of Love, and receiving the gifts of the day are important to me.

I think I’ll go for a walk now because I value that, too.


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 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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