The Poet's Path

“Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.”
Mary Oliver

How Do You Meet Yourself Every Day?
Poetry is anchored in Cuoreosity and unites our inner and outer world. Poetry is an act of resilience and opens up the spaces where transformation is possible. When we enter into a poem we must stop and step away from our monkey mind. Poetry helps us to experience this stopping. Reading, speaking and writing poetry is a portal to presence. Poetry goes through the door of heart. There is no need to analyze a poem as that will only take us back to our head. In this act of heartfulness poetry is a meditation. Poetry allows us to meet ourselves where we are.

How Do You Meet Your Soul?
“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”
William Blake

We will never be able to trade mystery for mastery. Poetry is mystery. It blends metaphor with myth and mirror to confluence with the magic, message, and minstrel of soul. Poetry is spiritual medicine. It is the miracle art form that we practice every day of our lives whether we realize it or not. Poetry is created in words yet goes beyond the words themselves. Poetry is a door to a contemplative practice that brings us to the self, and to the no self of the present moment.

How Do You Emotionally Regulate?
Spirituality is the practice of learning to Be as opposed to living for the outcomes of doing.  A poetry practice builds resilience to the demands of life. Poetry boosts the positive in life, reduces the negative and transcends the self. Poetry is a wonderful addition to the heartfulness of a daily spiritual practice as it unites heart, body, mind, spirit and soul. Poetry is a journey from me to we.

Creative writing and poetry have played a big part of my own self-reflection process. It allows me bear witness to life on my own pilgrimage to living into the questions. Introspection is our truest adventure. The reading, writing, and study of stories and poetry cultivate and build empathy and narrative competence to not only get to know ourselves but to meet others where they truly are. We can only give away what we have already grown in ourselves. Poetry has assisted me in navigating the uncertainty of being a clinician serving others.

“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can”
Charles Bukowski

On The Wings Of Words
On the wings of words
May we find fire in the cold
May the words find us as bread
that feeds us in our hunger
and heals us
in our time of need
May the consciousness of words
invite us into a deeper conversation
with the very voice
that aches in our bones
On the wings of words
May we live into the questions
that bring us alive
May poetry arrive
as both a shelter and a storm
May it teach us powerful lessons
May it wash us clean
On the wings of words
May we meet
the authenticity of our soul
May we greet the stranger in the mirror
and fall in love with ourselves
all over again
On the wings of words
May we open the door inside
and cross the threshold
© Jamie Millard

Are You Ready To Grow Your Wings?

“If you ask me what my poetry is I must tell you I don’t know but if you ask my poetry, it will tell you who I am.”
Pablo Neruda

The Poet’s Path

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