This probably shouldn’t qualify as a “best kept secret” because Garrison Keillor mentions it everyday in the Writer’s Almanac. It’s the “Poetry Tool” from the Poetry Foundation. Check it out here.
Reading poetry regularly, whether it’s religious or secular, is one of the best ways I know of to prepare one’s heart and mind for contemplation. It is truly an exercise in reflection, in soaking in, in pondering. It doesn’t need to be an earth-moving experience — it can simply be taking just a moment to chew on and enjoy a good line of verse.
So if you’re struggling a bit with getting in the right frame of mind for times of prayerfulness or quietness, here’s my prescription:
1 poem a day with a glass of water.