• Rev. Ani

The Simple Joy of Being-ness

Poems From The Porch



Sitting on the porch, a gift in itself, highlights the simple joy of being-ness.

A fragment of web, roguishly detached, floats gracefully by in an audacious flight of freedom.

Deep reds and greens are decorating a nearby tree, an opening act for the dazzling yellow that is about to take the stage.

The stillness in the air paints eternity in this moment, the swooping birds in the distance contrasting the movement of time.

Breathing deeply, I feel the relief of not taking myself so seriously and the ordinary grace that the release of self-referencing brings.

On my lap are soft companions, purring their happiness and offering generous love with their eyes.

This simple gesture of attention inspires me to ask, “Isn’t that the point, really?”

to offer generous love with our eyes



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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