• Rev. Ani

Shine!

Poems From The Porch


White sky cleared by the wind, relentless and determined to create a clean slate.

Waiting for the rooster, I hear his call in answer to my thought of him.

What else might I hear if I were listening for it?

What else might I see if I opened my eyes to right here, right now?

I know the answer.

I would be captivated by the absolute innocence of everything and the profusion of generosity in the expression of All That Is,

and I would hear Love singing a song to me about my own preciousness, wooing me to show up confident and effulgent.

Do you not know, dear one, that you are radiant?


 

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.


 

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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