A snake joined in a meditation session

A snake joined in a meditation session (a Haiku)

When I first joined a meditation retreat. It was in the middle of a jungle. Handling snakes seemed to be a norm for the people there, but not the female participants.

man and woman sitting on blue yoga mat
Meditation (Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com)
In the silent hall
a snake coiled in the center
in meditation!

Horrified one saw
‘Don’t move, don’t move, least it strikes!’
all still, not breathing!

Basket over it
a wooden plank under it
outside hall, released!

photo of monumental sculpture
Snake as a spiritual being (Photo by Spoortesh Honey on Pexels.com)


 “Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there’s the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing.” – Nicolas Cage

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” – Gautama Buddha 

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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