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Love Itself

Poems From The Porch


Do you not know that nothing can destroy you,

for you are Love Itself?


This fear of pain and loss is for one much smaller,

one who thinks she has to strive.


There is nothing that will not be provided for you

because you are the Beloved.


All of creation is counting on your confidence

in knowing Who You Are.

 

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

 

To book an enneagram-based mentorship or spiritual direction session with Ani, click here: https://www.alovecenteredlife.com/spiritual-direction


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