• Rev. Ani

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Updated: Aug 3

Poems From The Porch



I kept company with an aspen tree this morning.


She wasn’t nervously quaking nor appeared excited in any way.


Rather, her presence was sturdy and rooted in her place, exhibiting a calm acceptance.


It made me feel grounded, too,

and grateful that I could see and appreciate her;


knobby eyes gazing upward,

indented lips parted in wonder,

and white skin stretching in all directions

in a graceful gesture.


There are so many trees, so many people,

so many ways that Life manifests unexpectedly.


You never know what tree you might meet today.


 

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.


 

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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