Poems From The Porch

What grand gesture would you have me do to show my love?

Sweeping you off your feet for an extravagant night’s adventure

will excite you for a moment in time.

More lasting are the little ways,

the homey thoughtfulness,

that I demonstrate when I tell you…

Enneagram 101

converting vice to virtue on the path of personal transformation

Illuminating one’s blind spots is the express intent of the personal typology system known as the enneagram (EPS) and may be articulated through the lens of Jungian psychology. …

Poems From The Porch

The disciple was afraid and expected the master to feel the same way.

His expectation and fright led him to chastise the master for being calm amidst a storm.

And what did the master do?

Did the master take offense and ostracize the disciple?

Did he talk about the disciple…

Enneagram 101

converting vice to virtue on the path of personal transformation

In The Enneagram, Part 1: Are you a fixer, people pleaser, or over-thinker?, we examined the primary triad of the enneagram, based on the three parts of the human psyche: the instinctual (gut) center, correlated with the need for control

Poems From The Porch

The master sat reclining comfortably on a cushion

while the storm raged around him.

Noteworthy is what he did not do.

Absent from the narrative are

complaint, worry, paralysis, and rage,

the telltale signs of fear.

Implicitly evident, instead,

are the presence of faith that the storm will pass

and…

Enneagram 101

converting vice to virtue on the path of personal transformation

There is so much to the enneagram personality system, that trying to make sense of its relevance can be confusing. …

Enneagram 101

converting vice to virtue on the path of personal transformation

Over ten years ago now, a dear friend of mine kept bugging me to take the enneagram assessment. I was resistant at first. You see, I work as a psychotherapist and didn’t want to look at a new…

Poems From The Porch

I come not with an empty spoon to greet the day,

but with the vastness of an open heart,

vulnerable and trusting,

tender and innocent.

And I know that this receptive benevolence is necessary

to soak up the indigo storm clouds and the excited wind,

the delicate hibiscus blossoms and…

Poems From The Porch

We take salt for granted,

that unassuming little spice,

drawing attention not to itself,

but enhancing the flavor of all it embraces.

May no one take you for granted,

but instead notice how your presence is like salt,

enriching every experience,

inspiring appreciation for life itself,

and gratitude for the…

Poems From The Porch

Put out into deep water.

Use a bucket, not a ladle.

Your sustenance is drawn from the vastness

where the Source of life resides.

You may be conditioned into thinking that you must provide for others,

but let that belief go.

When the Living Spring is flowing from within your…

Ani Vidrine

Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator, Psychotherapist www.alovecenteredlife.com

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