Poems From The Porch
The master reassured his disciples saying, “I go before you to prepare a place for you.”
Of all the consolations his disciples received, this was, perhaps, the greatest.
In the midst of life’s trials, there is already a way made for you.
When your heart is crying, the salve is available that will heal your wounds.
When you are confused about which way to turn, a door stands open in front of you.
Your place at the table is guaranteed, your belonging, inherent.
Let go of your fear.
You are never alone.
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, Ani