• Rev. Ani

Yours Always

Poems From The Porch



This situation in which you find yourself right now is gift.


Unwrap it gratefully and savor it.


Enjoy the process of being alive today in radical unselfconsciousness and unashamedly.


Relish the opportunity that the present gives you

to show up as the highest version of yourself.


Let go of past regrets and future worries.


If you don’t release them,

you will not notice the love notes that are left for you in each moment,

especially the one that says:


Dear one,


I wanted you to have the chance to visit this magical place

where you get to experience beauty in a myriad of forms,

may express yourself creatively,

can feel a full range of emotions,

will know what it’s like to love others so completely,

and are able to receive love from those around you.


You mean the world to me,

so I picked this gift just for you.


Enjoy!


Yours always


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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