Forgive me for not writing poetry this month, at least thus far. Though I didn't plan to, who knows?! I have quite a busy schedule this month and felt it perhaps too much of a challenge, i.e., time-wise. (I could be wrong!)
I had heard of the two following therapies a number of years ago and was fascinated by the concept: "Biblio/poetry therapy, one of the creative arts therapies, is the use of the written word (although it may be read out loud) to bring healing and personal growth." (Source: http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/practice/Poetry_Therapy%3A_Using_Words_to_Heal/)
Reading poetry whether silently or out loud - perhaps even having poetry read to you - has many benefits. It stimulates critical thinking, creativity and imagination; increases verbal intelligence, verbal skills, and memory; as well as empathy and insight; and it further develops a greater sensitivity to language. Read here for details: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/benefits-reading-poems-11971.html
Here is my favourite inspired poem that I wrote a number of years ago, simply entitled You! (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2012/11/tribute-to-you.html). Or you may prefer the following post which features this poem as its opposite - there is a name for that type of name though not sure... - http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/11/a-new-angle-on-you-or-is-that-me.html
There are also, of course, benefits to writing poetry. From author Richard Jaffe, here are a few benefits he recognizes: improves cognitive function, helps to heal emotional pain, leads to greater self-awareness, inspires or educates others, and is a form of celebration: http://blog.artsusa.org/2013/04/04/5-ways-you-benefit-from-writing-poetry-from-the-partnership-movement/.
And here are some other - and creative ways of looking at - benefits of writing poetry from poet and blogger, Kelly Belmonte, entitled "12 Most Radical Reasons to Write Poetry" (http://12most.com/2012/09/14/radical-reasons-to-write-poetry/)
Can you feel your heart opening up and expanding when reading poetry or being read poetry and/or writing poetry?