Poems From The Porch
Everything is in the process of becoming.
The confederate rose hibiscus blossoms bloom white, then pale pink, then a deeper hue as they close and eventually drop to the ground to produce new life.
Nothing is lost, but everything changes in the circle dance of Being.
The mature bloom must surrender to the ground, the ripened fruit allow itself to be consumed as it serves its greater purpose, and the leaf let go of the tree in a trusting free-fall.
Endings and beginnings are only concepts that we use to describe the seasons, for all is in perpetual flux.
The necessity of the process consoles me as I embrace your new life and mine and yield to my own transformation.
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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