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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Sweetness of Peace

Poems From The Porch

The quiet rain and stillness of the morning

beckon me to rest within

the solace of my Sacred Center.

Just off the porch,

I see the mirror pools receiving solitary drops

in silent hospitality.

Rhythmic chirping and buzzing,

lulling and soothing,

are punctuated by the random call of a bird.

The lush green earth is soaking in the goodness,

the gifting of this moment

an offering that I am savoring.

Now the Greater Heart inside mine

swells and spills out a prayer

because serenity makes room for benevolence.

May all beings everywhere be happy and free,

experiencing the sweetness and solidarity

of peaceful abiding.


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 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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