• Rev. Ani

Trust

Poems From The Porch



It is very quiet this morning,

a light breeze swaying the crêpe myrtle branches.


There are canna lilies proliferating in my garden,

as well as tall, green stalks bearing groupings of petite yellow flowers.


I didn’t plant any of them there.


The desire swells up within me, at times,

to dig them all up, like intrusive weeds.


Yet they are beautiful, in their own right.


Maybe I can just appreciate them, instead,

and let go of the need to manage things.


After all, everything is gift.

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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