Poems From The Porch
The choice is yours.
You feel these compelling desires to develop yourself in a meaningful way,
to move forward with your dreams.
You can taste your longing,
feel it in every cell.
So, resist the temptation to ruminate on how these plans may benefit the world.
The how is outside of your control.
Instead, align with the yes.
Yes, I will move forward. Yes, I will accept this invitation. Yes, I will answer the call.
Be aware of the voice of the enemy of your best self.
It shows up in insidious ways unexpected:
You should be ashamed of yourself. You are selfish. There is too much danger. It is not safe. You must maintain control and resist feeling vulnerable.
You're not equipped. It's too hard.
You will recognize this voice because it produces confusion.
This voice is not FOR you,
it is not the Voice of your Inner Wisdom, your Advocate.
Make a commitment to abstain from listening to the accusing voice.
Refuse to entertain it.
Because you matter . . .
Follow your love.
Flow with your passion.
Honor your inspiration.
Trust the process.
Persevere when things get rough.
Unique and precious soul,
you are not alone.
You have all the resources of the Universe behind you.
You’ve got this.
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.
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