In his poem "Concerning the Book that Is the Body of the Beloved," Gregory Orr writes:
I hear the poets whisper and weep,
Laugh and lament.
In a thousand languages
They say the same thing:
"We lived. The secret of life
is love, that casts its wing
over all suffering, that takes
in its arms the hurt child,
that rises green from the fallen seed."
Join Roger Housden for an e-course exploring the secret of life that allows us to rise again when circumstances have pressed us down. Poetry, like anything else, is no miracle cure, no quick formula to instantly renew us. But good poetry emerges from the wellsprings of the human spirit, and if we are in the right place in ourselves to hear it, it can show us the fire at our center — the real life in us that brings us to resilience and resurrection. It is this inner fire that the poems in this e-course, in their different ways, invite us to claim. You can schedule this e-course to begin on a date you choose and to proceed at a pace that suits your needs.
You will receive 21 emails. Each contains:
- a poem chosen by Roger for its call to come alive;
- 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; and
- an audio recording of the poem read by Roger.
Roger Housden, profiled in our Living Spiritual Teachers Project, has quite a following at Spirituality & Practice, where he has offered four previous e-courses. 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. His work has been featured many times in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He now runs live and online writing workshops with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.
To give you a taste of things to come, listen to Roger reading "The Journey," a poem by David Whyte:
(choose your own start date and frequency)