Monday’s Poem: Tonglen

As we move toward the close of the old Water Snake year and toward the Wood Horse year I am doing some “housecleaning.” Tonglen is a practice a bit like housecleaning!


Eagle flying high
Beating heart
Wing rhythm
Revealing depth.

Deep winter sky
Layers of white
Pale Sun
Struggling to warm
Still returning.

Sleeping bear
Bear breath deep
Slow rhythm
Taking in the dark
Breathing peace.

Power to each breath
Inhaling misery
Transmuting rhythm
Alchemy of Love
Exhaling tranquility.

©2014 Richard W. Bredeson. All rights reserved.

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