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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Gift of You and Me

Poems From The Porch


Mirror trees practicing handstands Gnarly oak, skyscraper pines Morning coolness Still water offering peace Dove cooing, frogs croaking Red-winged blackbird and white waterfowl Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet Too young squirrels scavenging Woodpecker drilling Blue jay landing, and now another Me and you Gifts to receive and cherish All conduits of Love


 

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+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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