Words carry energy, especially when they carry intention. These short poems won’t take you long to read, but they’re fueled by awareness and compassion — two of the most spiritual experiences I can think of. That’s why I consider spiritual poetry so healing: it can illuminate the path back to stillness and love, for both the writer and the reader.
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” — John Burroughs
A return to simplicity is a healing exercise in itself. To witness life’s ordinary moments and to extract something of the extraordinary from them is, in my view, a spiritual practice. It ties all the moments together, weaves a pattern of beauty through awareness, and incites the playful and appreciative heart.
To me, writing poetry is a healing part of my journey. When I have writer’s block or just can’t stand to sit in a chair any longer, I love to lie down and write in my journal for no one. Brilliance usually shines through then—not because I’m writing brilliance, but because I’m allowing myself to just be, without strings attached or goals to accomplish.
To stay in the moment and look for what’s already there is a salve for a busy mind.
Spiritual poetry, which is honestly what I think most poetry to be, plants us in the moment. Both to read and write something that’s wholeheartedly placed before you takes such presence; you can’t help but be totally involved with the moment when you’re contemplating what a certain string of words might mean. That’s how poetry heals.
Presence heals. Acceptance heals. Curiosity heals. Stillness heals. Wholeness heals. Connection heals. Reverence heals. And all of that can happen through a poem. How wonderful simple can be.
In honor of one of my favorite things in life, here are ten short poems that I’ve either shared here on the blog or on social media, straight from the pages of my heart to yours.
Spiritual Poetry Heals: 10 Snippets from My Healing Journal
1. A miracle is known not by its fullness alone,
But by its emptiness.
Even a blank piece of paper is a miracle,
Like a sky is worthy even if
The stars are hiding.
— Whole and Worthy
2. A beam of light
Streaming through the window
Reminds me of who I am.
Two of the most powerful, energy-fueled words you could speak are “I am.” The rest is just details that you either get lost or found in.
3. Discomfort is a strengthening process,
If we allow it to be so.
Unease is an awakening,
If we can allow.
4. Enemies become friends
Rarely by accident.
5. Freedom tends to be about
What we release.
Poetry opens doors that you didn't even know existed, the ones you can only see when you sink into life deep enough.
6. I take my steps slowly.
I like to
Feel my life
As I live it.
7. Crazy things can lead us down
New dirt roads.
If they’re paved with grace
Here and there,
They might just take us home.
— Dirt Roads
8. Hold love in your heart.
Let it go and do not hold.
Let it pour
Through your soul
And into your life–
Be happy to see it go.
Writing poetry is a brilliant way to heal because the poems don't have to be pristine to shine awareness on your life.
Your own lantern is the
Best way to
Find the light.
— Be Light
10. This is who I am:
The rest between two breaths
And the space between each step;
The width of the sky
And the depth of the sea;
The invisible link between you and me.
— from I am
. . .
Which of these poems is your favorite?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!
P.S. Want to spend your time on earth in awe and wonder? Go visit my shop for prints of handwritten poems and other words of hope and heart. If you forget what matters or how much of a gift it is to be here at all, you’ll have something to remind you.