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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Peace of an Open Heart

Poems From The Porch

Sweet sage smoke swirling

Invisible spring elves smiling their mischief as they smear their sky pallet with wisps of white and baby blue

Crooked branch fingers teasing their youthful counterparts who are already budding green

Cats purring their pleasure and lounging sensuously

Birdsong laden stillness inviting timeless awareness

Distant yellow field blazing blooms

Sunlight and fresh air promoting their motivational message of hope and whispering the question,

“What would bring you joy today?”


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.


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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Mar 01, 2023

Grateful for this question today.

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