Emotions How to read and write poetry to heal emotions

How to read and write poetry to heal emotions


Poetry, in addition to beautifying our existence, is a powerful tool for self-knowledge and personal development. A good poem at the right moment gives us access to a source of new resources, hidden behind the veil of the unconscious.

Octavio Paz, the great Mexican poet and Nobel laureate in 1990, assured that “each reader looks for something in the poem. And it is not unusual for him to find it: he already had it inside ”. This is where one of the hidden powers of poetry lies; its ability to reveal truths about ourselves. From this point of view, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s verse, “poetry is you”, acquires a new meaning.

Enclosed between rhymes and syllables there is a treasure within the reach of each one of us. A treasure in two directions. Reading poetry is as powerful as writing it.


How to let poetry operate all its power? Reaching the depths of us through the path of feelings and emotions, more than with reason and thought. Let’s try.

  1. Let’s select a poem at random. Let the magic of finding happen, of finding precisely what we need.
  2. Let’s think about what we are dealing with today. Whatever it is. A concern. A dream. A challenge.
  3. Let’s read the poem out loud, making the text we have chosen to resonate with us ring out to the world as well.
  4. Let’s connect on an emotional level. As we read, let us feel. Without thinking. Without wanting to decipher the “true meaning of the poem.” Let’s not judge what we find along the way. Let’s just feel.
  5. Let’s learn. Now, and only now, it’s time to analyze. What has the poem told us? What has it made us see? How have we changed? We like?
  6. Let us treasure. As we discover verses that serve us, that tell us about those things that we carry inside, let’s put them together, copy them into a notebook and make our own book of everyday magic, treasuring poems that impact us. We can return to him whenever we need him.


But, as we have said, this magic is not exhausted by reading. Also writing and being, ourselves, a source of poetry. Let us keep in mind the words of Herman Hesse: “Doing bad verses brings more happiness than reading the most beautiful verses.”

Because there is no bad poetry. What does exist is that poetry helps us to simplify the complex. It sharpens our intellect. Expand the limits of language and increase our cognitive abilities. In addition, as if it were yoga for the soul, it gives us mental flexibility, expands our creativity and expands our empathic capacity and connection with others.

So much so that poetry has been introduced in the business world to develop the skills of managers. It is not surprising, since in a changing world and of constant challenge, nothing better than the challenges and changes of perspective that poetry offers us to be prepared. And since we are all CEOs of our lives, let’s use this powerful tool:

  • Select the topic. Whatever is. That which arises from within you. Freely. Without fear.
  • Connect with your being and remember that writing is an exercise in absolute freedom. Allow yourself to be. And dump your emotions without judging them. If it’s love, love. If it’s anger, anger. If it is illusion, discovery.
  • Read it out loud, which is the way to be a mirror. To see you. To recognize you. To fascinate or scare you. Whatever, because that’s the treasure.
  • Discover. Analyze. What possibilities does what you see of yourself give you now? How does it help you? What can you do with that?
  • Treasure. Poetry is inexhaustible. The same problem can produce lines and lines, even when written by the same person. Saving them, making an album, will help you get back there when you need perspective or advice or a new look that you have already captured on paper.
MindFixes Staffhttp://mindfixes.com
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