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.
In the silent hall
a snake coiled in the center
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!
“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