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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Cosmic Cascade

Poems From The Porch

photo by Scott Osborn on

Each ripple of the rain drop affects the whole of the puddle, appears, then is gone, seemingly separate, then received into the One.

Puddles of rainwater are formed from a multitude of drops. How many drops are in a puddle? Where does the puddle end?

These are little Zen koans whose answers always point toward unity, dependent co-arising, and the intimate, interwoven nature of All That Is.

I am because we are, and everything is a manifestation of Love’s happy dance.

You are making a splash today, and your ripples are reverberating in the great Cosmic Cascade, a singular beauty, a transient wave, now arising, then disappearing into Love’s oceanic embrace.

Make it count, little wave, make it count.


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



  • 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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