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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

The Way of Things

Poems From The Porch


There is something about bathing in bird song

that awakens Spring in the heart,

and sunshine strong enough to cast distinct shadows,

along with the vast potential of blue.


When you least expect it,

these beacons arrive unbidden,

no effort required.


There is hope,

so please wait for it,

allowing the tide of emotions to wash in and flow out,

without clinging or resisting.


You may have noticed

that this is the way of things.

 

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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