Inspired by the teachings of Dharma teacher Pamela Weiss and her book, A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism, this poem came through me one unexpectedly empty morning during the pandemic. I was seeing all the “shoulds” in the mind clearly as well as the toxic conditioning popping up during the space. Ultimately, I chose to be soft, gentle and easy. May this poem bring you a smile and some contemplation!
Might there be Another Energy?
I should get up and meditate, OR I could just lay here a few more minutes feeling the weight of blankets heavy on my waking body.
I should really check my email, OR I could just continue to drink this tea slowly savoring the rich, nuttiness of dandelion root steeped in water.
I should catch up on the news, OR I could just allow my eyelids to become heavy and drink in the sound of rain tapping on the skylight overhead.
I should put on a bra, OR I could just let my heavy breasts rest against my chest held by the softness of my favorite gray robe.
I should definitely do the laundry, OR I could continue to sit here staring curiously at the tiny brown spots revealing themselves on this arrowhead plant.
I should get up and exercise, OR I could remain content and full tasting the spiciness of my green ginger smoothie lingering on the tongue.
I should go outside and take a walk, OR I could allow my bottom to spread out curiously taking the shape of the couch cushion under me.
I think I’ll place my head on this soft pillow and take a moment to rest.
Written By: Melanie Pensak