Mindful Poetry Reading
Contemplative practices like Mindful Poetry Reading balance our active and communal prayer or worship, allowing space to connect individually and intuitively to God. Whether the method is ancient or new, experiencing the Indwelling Presence deepens our relationship with the Spirit that nurtures, heals, and empowers.
We invite you to join us in group practice and to access our individual practice resources at your convenience.
Come and travel with us in pursuit of poetry! This new monthly offering will focus on the mindful reading of verse, concentrating on sensory experience, and spiritual connection. Instead of using analysis and explanation, we will approach poems with a sense of curiosity and openness, a holistic approach to appreciating the beauty and wisdom of a poem. The sessions will be offered via Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., with Becky Lennstrom and Sylvia Sepulveda as co-hosts. Each session’s poems and a brief introduction to the various poets will be provided in advance. Please bring a notebook or journal for writing down impressions, sensory experiences, and connections. BYOW – Bring your own wine.
“Just as we shift from thinking to experiencing in meditation, when we read a poem we can also focus on noticing and appreciating rather than interpreting and explaining. We can immerse ourselves in the poem’s atmosphere, its tones and textures, its sounds and images and rhythms, the way it moves and how it feels, the details of how it’s made. Doing so requires no special literary training. What’s needed mainly is alertness and curiosity, a willingness to be with what is happening in the poem without worrying too much about what it means.”
– John Brehm, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy.
Mindful Poetry Reading
If joining by phone:
Meeting ID: 503 653 606
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Explore poetry and get a daily dose of verse:
Rena Priest, WA State Poet Laureate
Poet Laureate Billy Collins
Ode to odes – mindful appreciation of simple things.
Lady Murasaki Shikibu, noted Tanka practitioner.
Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet.
Rita Dove, First African American US Poet Laureate
Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States