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.
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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