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Poetry Month Day #27 – “Sleep” Poem

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Happy Day #27 of National Poetry Month!

“Sleep” is today’s poem.

Sleep

The best thing I can do is prepare my sacred trinity for a deep sleep with restorative yoga.
The kind that relaxes each part of my body.
The kind that calls my mind to surrender to the sound of each deep breath.
The kind that opens my heart to the Creator’s grace and my ears to divine wisdom.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day #26: “Self-Care” Poem

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Happy Day #26 of National Poetry Month!

“Self-Care” is today’s poem.

Self Care

My body signals it is tired.
I turn to my yoga mat for comfort.
Yin yoga, Reiki, and meditation prepare me for deep relaxation.
I chant a series of OMs and dedicate my practice to the restoration of my peace of mind.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day #25: “Kind” Poem

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Happy Day #25 of National Poetry Month!

“Kind” is today’s poem.

Kind

“Be kind to yourself,” the voice whispers.
I keep moving.
Ignoring the voice.
She whispers, “Did you hear me? Be kind to yourself.”
I stop, listen, and ask, “How?”

She answers with a recipe of kindness.
I write it down in my journal,
Be kind and slow down so you can be with yourself.
Be kind and slow down so you can hear yourself clearly.
In this space, feel what you are feeling.
Don’t glaze over it.
Think what you are thinking.
Say what needs to be said in your own words.
Reflect with kindness.
Rest with ease.
Be kind.
You are the only you have.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day #24: “Unplug”

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Happy Day #24 of National Poetry Month!

Today’s poem is entitled “Unplug.”

Unplug

Step back
Take a moment
5 minutes
30 minutes
1 hour
5 hours
A whole day
A weekend
A week
A month or more
To unplug from your digital devices
To unplug from your online life
Rest
Recharge
Do it on a regular basis

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day #23: “Path” Poem

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Happy Day #23 of National Poetry Month!

Today’s poem is entitled “Path.” It was inspired by Deepak Chopra’s wisdom quote above.

Path

Life carries me as I carry it.
I walk a path where change is constant.
Sometimes it gets messy, overwhelming, and scary.
Moments appear and offer learning opportunities that stretch me beyond my wildest imagination.
I go within to a place where I can surrender and gain guidance.
I come back to the world with greater faith and confidence.
With grace and gratitude I allow my path to unfold.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: http://www.deepakchopra.com

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Poetry Month Day #22: “Intuition” Poem

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Happy Day #22 of National Poetry Month!

“Intuition” is the name of today’s poem.

“Intuition

My inner voice longs to share wisdom and guidance.
She waits patiently for me to get quiet and listen.
When I do, my life flows in divine order.
All is well.
I just have to remember to surrender.
Be still.
Open my spirit, heart, mind, eyes, and ears
Pay close attention.
And follow her direction.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: http://www.panachedesai.com

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Poetry Month Day #21: “Play” Poem

Happy Day #21 of National Poetry Month!

“Play” is the title of today’s poem. It is inspired by an affirmation I read on author Louise Hay’s Facebook page.

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Play

Go on and be the joy that dances inside
Dress up in your favorite colors.
Enter the world seeking adventure.
Eat your favorite foods.
Watch your favorite movies.
Laugh so loud that everyone can hear.

Close your eyes and stretch out your hands.
Expect to receive the beauty that blossoms with faith when you believe.
Grab hold of the moment.
Allow your heart to hug it deeply.

Populate the earth with your smile.
Give everyone the gift of hearing your song.
Go on and sing the joy that brings happiness to your eyes.
Play with love.
Play with gratitude.
Play with silliness.
Play with freedom.
Play with an heart open.
Live from who you are from start to finish.
Play.
Play.
Play.
Be authentic.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: LouiseHay.com

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Poetry Month Day #20: “Yes” Poem

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Happy Day #20 of National Poetry Month!

Today’s poem is entitled “Yes.” It was inspired by a free Introduction to Illustrator (Adobe) software class I took today at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

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The instructor Troy Bent made several statements during the class that reminded me why it’s important to say YES to experiences and opportunities that push me out of my comfort zone and require me to step up and learn new things, make changes, go to new places, meet new people, and work with clients on projects that look and feel bigger than what I’m used to.

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Yes

They come everyday,
Knocking at my door,
Whispering in my ear.
Experiences and opportunities longing for my participation.
Which ones should I choose?
I dwell in a state of endless contemplation with no decision made.
I weigh my options as the day passes into another.
A week comes and goes.
One month ends and another begins.
Before long a new year presents itself.
I can no longer hear the knock of opportunity or the whispers of experiences waiting to happen.
So I sit in silence.
Day transitions to night.
My mind becomes quiet.
Divine wisdom inserts herself and counsels me to invite the knock and the whispers.
I say “Yes” and a whole new world opens before me.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

Photo Credit: PanacheDesai.com

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Poetry Month Day #19: “Discover” Poem

Happy Day #19 of National Poetry Month!

“Discover” is the title of today’s poem. It was inspired by a Friday evening walk I took with a friend in Columbia Heights. During the walk, we discovered a large sculpture that celebrated the life and work of Jamaican political leader, journalist, and publisher Marcus Garvey.

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Discover

Walk the earth with fresh eyes.
Approach each day as a new beginning.
Recognize you know nothing.
Live with curiosity.
Discover miracles and blessings you’ve never seen.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.

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Poetry Month Day 18: “Communion” Poem

Happy Day #18 of National Poetry Month!

“Communion” is the title of today’s poem. It was inspired by a mindful meditation and walk trip I took with my church, Unity of Washington, DC  to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland this morning.

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During the walk, I stopped and sat by a reflecting pool. As I sat in the stillness, the word communion kept repeating itself in my mind. It stayed with me for the rest of the day. My poem below is the end result. Enjoy!

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Communion

Dwelling in the sacred place of the Most High,
I willingly enter into communion with my higher self.

Together we celebrate the April new moon that dances in the fire energy of Aries and prepares the way for new beginnings.

We surrender the past and breathe in the present as we embrace the future.

Our heart rejoices in song.

I am so blessed.
I am so blessed.
I am so grateful for all I AM.

We sing it until we rest in the silence
Allowing the vibration of each word to permeate the core of our being.

Copyright 2015 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All rights reserved.