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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Only The Ego Can Be Ashamed

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

Poems From The Porch

Every word I speak has the potential to be a gift that I offer to myself and others. A dishonest word, delivered kindly, is an obstacle. An honest word, delivered unkindly, is an obstacle. Only an honest word, delivered kindly, is a gift.

I am not responsible for how the words are received.

If the recipient is feeling unkind toward themselves or others, the words will be perceived as an obstacle. If the recipient is dishonest with themselves or others, the words will be perceived as an obstacle. Only if the recipient is able to receive the words in kindness and honesty, will the offering be received as a gift.

If these things are true, then I am invited to be kind and honest when I offer words; and I am also invited to meet myself with kindness and honesty when I receive words.


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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