The Prayer of Poetry

It’s often the simplest of gestures that help my clients find a new perspective.

Choosing to stop and smell a flower, to linger in the beauty of the shadow cast by the sun or looking a moment longer into your loved one’s eyes can make all the difference.

The practices we create together to support them in moving toward their dreams open the way to more spaciousness and a sense of celebration about the life they lead.

And then there’s poetry…the prayer of poetry. Add flowers to that and you have a richness of wonderful.

Poems call out and invite you to slow down and listen.

The brevity of a poem helps you pay attention. There is importance in each and every word. Focusing on the rhythm and the sounds of the words enables the images to spring to life.

A poem can be like a ceremony of words as it draws you into a state of presence.

Take a deep breath. Take another. Now savour this sweet poem by Mary Oliver.

By Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Linger here just a little longer.

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  1. rebecca
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    I love how you say breathe!! I forget to breathe all the time!!! Thank you

    • Jovanna
      Posted July 8, 2015 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Yes, Becky, it’s the simplest way to find your way to this very moment!

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