What Is Meditation | Meditation & Poetry

by | Oct 23, 2016

People on retreats often ask if I meditate daily. The question makes me pause and ponder, “what is meditation”? For nearly twenty years I had a formal 2-hour daily practice. Now it’s very different and I imagine my ‘meditation’ will keep changing and evolving as I evolve. I like the idea of the beloved late Irish theologian and philosopher John O’Donohue who speaks about prayer, meditation and contemplation as our inner sanctuary where we can visit the unwavering peace, the stillness, our soul.

“There is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there’s still a sureness in you, a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. And I think the intention of prayer and spirituality and love is now and again to visit that inner kind of sanctuary.”


My favorite way of meditating in the last few years is to read or listen to poetry in the morning while I stretch, do yoga and gently wake the body. I often want to share the inspirations I read and am filled by, but then the day falls into ‘to do lists” and I forget to share. I think I will begin to share some of these awe-inspiring poems and words that carry me into that inner sanctuary of timelessness and perfect wholeness—that they may ring a bell of inspiration for anyone else whose being resonates with poetry!

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