• Rev. Ani

Poems From The Porch


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Can You?


Can you trust . . .


that Life is unfolding naturally and adequately,

without you trying to manage things?


Can you acknowledge and validate . . .


your own feelings as they arise,

without needing them to change?


Can you experience . . .


the pain of your own grief and sorrows,

without trying to escape or numb the sensations?


Can you give . . .


yourself what you need when you need it,

without trying to justify your worth?


Can you offer . . .


respect to others whom you don’t understand,

without closing your heart?


Can you look . . .


with the eyes of Love upon yourself and others,

without the need to classify, categorize, judge, and condemn?


Can you forgive . . .


yourself and others for reacting to their own insecurities,

without needing everyone to live up to your expectations of perfection?


Can you see . . .


the innocence in yourself and others,

without needing someone to take the blame for your pain?


Can you show . . .


your vulnerability by asking for what you need,

without having to be the autonomous, strong one?


Can you let . . .


others take care of you sometimes so that they can be of service,

without seeing yourself as weak?


Can you open . . .


your mind to all possibilities,

without limiting your options to only two?


Can you take . . .


a wider perspective that views your life as a process to be enjoyed,

without seeing it as a to-do list to be accomplished?


Can you relax . . .


and breathe into this moment,

without seeing this day as an emergency?


Can you listen . . .


to the voice of your Inner Wisdom in choosing what is right for you,

without trying to conform to external shoulds and oughts or some objective right thing?


Can you walk . . .


with an empty cup waiting to be filled with the abundant provision of this present moment,

without going to the back of the line?


Can you receive . . .


the Love that is here and now, within and around you,

without putting it off to some future time?


Can you allow . . .


yourself to feel interconnected with all that is,

to experience that intimacy,

without fearing that you will lose yourself in the process?


Can you know . . .


yourself as an integral part of this Magnificent Universe,

without comparing yourself to others?


Can you show up . . .


fully as yourself,

without apology or shame?


Can you dare to believe . . .


that you are loved, cherished, and held by a Benevolent Source,

without having to find a rational explanation?


You can.