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The Necessity of You

Poems From The Porch

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The consequence of each drop is explicit as it lands on the rain pool.

The effect of the warm, purring feline on my lap is subtler, but relevant.

It makes me wonder about the impact made by my presence and how a lack of self-acceptance is ridiculous.

There are blue jays bathing delightedly in the newly formed puddles provided by this spring shower.

Without each drop, the bird baths would not exist.

Think about that — especially the next time you are shaming yourself.

 

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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