Poetry is a container large enough to hold the entirety of our human experience and small enough to fit in our pocket.
During this session, Ríonach will show you how to use powerful poems as guides to living a more expanded and wholehearted life. Inspirational poetry is a rich resource that can open your heart, shift your perception, inspire you into action, restore your faith and express your deepest truth.
Recent brain research has demonstrated that good poetry has the power to surprise, to disrupt conventional habits of thought and feeling, triggering deeper feeling and reflective states. Poetry, like music, opens us to our emotions and speaks an inner language that awakens us to our own experience, renewing our senses, our compassion, our love of life.
Spending quality time with poems that we love is a healing force, a kind of medicine for what ails us. Poetry, both modern and ancient, offers a wide range of prescriptions in a huge variety of doses: poems to stir us up or calm us down, poems for grief and longing, love and break-ups, alienation and homecoming, poems for fear, courage, depression, elation, letting go, starting over, being quiet and speaking out.
During this session you will:
• Discover a wealth of inspirational poems that can open your heart and guide you through many challenges.
• Understand how each poem carries a unique medicine to heal some aspect of the human condition.
• Learn how to choose a companion poem and work with it to create real shifts in your life.
• Use poetry to connect more deeply with yourself and others.
• Be given poetry cards to work with and a list of companion poems for wholehearted living.
I didn't trust it for a moment
but I drank it anyway,
the wine of my own poetry.
It gave me the daring to take hold
of the darkness and tear it down
and cut it into little pieces.
Lala, 14th century Indian poet
A ticket to attend costs £5.00. When you arrive buy yourself a drink and join the session located downstairs in the Basement. If you dont have a PayPal account, not to worry! Come along and pay on the night.
Please continue to support The Rising Network, there is now a small charge to attend events to ensure the network is self-sustaining and to develop the network further. A free ticket is available to those who are out of employment, please contact Lily to make your request.
Ríonach Aiken is a poet, personal development teacher and chief executive of a charity. She is passionate about using her gifts to support others to become all they can be and live a wholehearted life.
For 20 years she has studied personal development, psychology, healing and energy work, which has taught her how to maintain a grounded spirituality in the hurly-burly of modern living. At a critical moment, her life was profoundly altered by a poem that set her on a path to uncovering a new purpose and living a more wholehearted life. Ríonach (pronounced ree-on-ock) lives with her husband Altazar in Letchworth Garden City.