Poetry — reading, writing, and contemplating it — is a wild thing. It can alter the way you see yourself. It can change the way you see the world. You can pick up a volume of poems, open it to any page, and suddenly find yourself blown into a world full of awe, wonder, marvel, deep sorrow, or joy.
We invite you enjoy a month's worth of daily poems to transform your life. Roger Housden, bestselling author of the Ten Poems to Change Your Life series, will be our guide through this collection of spiritually inspiring poetry. In each email you will receive:
- a poem chosen by Roger for its ability to awaken you to fresh ways of seeing both yourself and the world;
- a short commentary on the poem by Roger;
- guidance on how to consciously reflect on the poem;
- a simple practice based on the poem's theme for you to bring into your day;
- an audio recording of the poem read by Roger
Roger Housden is one of the Living Spiritual Teachers profiled on Spirituality & Practice. He has received S&P Best Spiritual Book Awards for six books, including For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, How Rembrandt Reveals Your Beautiful Imperfect Self, and Chasing Rumi: A Fable About Finding the Heart's True Desire. We at S&P are also big fans of his collections of "ten poems" to open your heart, to set you free, to last a lifetime, to change your life again and again, and to say goodbye. He is renowned for his inspired recitations of sacred poetry.
For this e-course, Roger has chosen a superb collection of poems from Mary Oliver, Galway Kinnell, Hafiz, Rumi, Kabir, Rainer Maria Rilke, Naomi Shihab Nye, James Wright, Ellen Bass, Leonard Cohen, Czeslaw Milosz, Jean Pierre de Causadde, Derek Walcott, Wendell Berry, and many others.
A poem encourages us to appreciate the great mysteries at the heart of all our experiences. A poem connects us with the wonders that abound all around us. A poem wakes us up. We hope you enjoy this encounter with transformational poetry.
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