• Rev. Ani

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Poems From The Porch



I thought there was a problem,

my head making up stories

about how life is hard.


Then my heart woke me up,

and I saw the rich, red roses smiling at me,

the flashy daisies waving,

and the ease of the cats lounging on the porch.


Love reminded me of my grace-filled life,

and all I could do was smile and say,

“Thank you.”

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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