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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Boxes That Confine Us

Poems From The Porch

There are invisible boxes that rule our lives.

One is labeled “good.”

The other is titled “bad.”

Each day when something pleasant occurs, we deposit that event in the good box.

Attachment, clinging, and suffering result.

When something uncomfortable happens, we hide that circumstance in the bad box.

Aversion, resistance, and hurt ensue.

There is a spaciousness outside the boxes where unlimited potential dwells.

It is called “opportunity.”

The boxes are imaginary anyway,

so perhaps in this moment, we could allow our attachments and aversions to come out into the light where each one may be seen as an opportunity to express our most loving, authentic self.


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 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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