• Rev. Ani

The Advent of Self-Love

Poems From The Porch



Have you ever considered the worthiness of a tree and what right it has to be here?

Sitting in the stillness of this grey day, listening to the wind’s improvisation in the chimes, breathing in the promise of this December’s advent, I am befriending my weaknesses and holding them tenderly as the gifts of my humanity.

And as I am noticing how Father Oak is stretching his arms out in a gesture of hospitality, I recognize that he is inviting me to join him in appreciating, not only his fundamental worthiness,

but also, my own.



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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