Receiving the Gift of Grief
Updated: Jul 22, 2022
Poems From The Porch
and a pleasant breeze on the porch
My new mug,
gifted to me on my birthday,
“Finding my Zen”
Sunlight on red blossoms
and petite, purple dots of Mexican heather
Looking for solace and an anchor,
a place to put the grief
so it doesn’t consume me
Living the paradox of the Sacred Heart
that contains the suffering and joy
of the whole world
Expanding wider and wider
to embrace it all
This moment, a cup of cool water offered
Offer it up
Reading notes I’ve written to myself
for such a time as this:
“ Good will come of this“
“Receive it all as gift”
Opening my heart
I see the willow weeping in the field
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.
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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