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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Embodying My Role

Poems From The Porch

Three turtles are swimming in the clear water of Johnson Creek--

Mama Turtle, Papa Turtle, and Baby Turtle.

Their silence is a significant contrast to Monday morning workers talking loudly about the problems of their day.

Traffic on the 27 lets its presence be known in zooms of activity.

Still, the waterfall sings its lullaby in a soothing flow.

Overhead, the blue spaciousness is feathered with white.

I am tuning in to the melody beneath the surface,

selecting my intentions from the unlimited ether of potential above,

and smiling at my role of embodying heaven and earth.


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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