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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Relaxing Into Eternity

Poems From The Porch

Roosters and wind chimes

Flowers sparsely present in the breeze

Cats taking refuge on my lap

Peace and sadness co-mingling

A feeling of loss

making itself known in my solar plexus

Living the paradox of being physically alone, yet intimately connected to all that is

It helps to take one day at a time,

to see this lone day as a gift.

Asking myself the question,

"How do I want to be present today?"

Breathing deeply of this moment

No birth, no death

No beginning, no ending

Relaxing into eternity



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.

Blessings and gratitude, Ani


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Nov 09, 2022

NOW! What a blessing. Thank you for sharing ❤️


Lydia Bruce
Nov 09, 2022

Thank you for sharing! 💕

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