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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Ordinary Human Experience

Poems From The Porch

Making unskillful choices

Feeling the impact of the unskillful choices of others

Offering forgiveness to self and others

Socialization, enculturation, and formal education

Learning to live in relationship

Earning a living

Experiencing illness

Fear, shame, anger, sadness, and grief

Caring for aging parents

Loved ones dying

Giving and receiving support

Practicing self-love

Prioritizing maintenance of our earth suit

Learning to show up for ourselves

Reveling in recreation and laughter

Rejoicing in abundant provision

Finding meaning in the present moment

Savoring gratitude for the richness of life

Gaining wisdom through experience

Answering the call to listen

Focusing on the innocence in all beings

Believing in the daily filling of an empty cup

Fasting from the distraction of words

Loving All That Is

Smiling to joy

Resting in Silence


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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