Gathas Written at Northwest Coffee, 11.9.2016

by Mark Chmiel

1.

Breathing in, all this toxicity
Breathing out, compassion is available

2.

Breathing in, noticing this state of being stunned
Breathing out, realizing this state is impermanent

3.

Breathing in my friends’ despair
Breathing out: May their vigor return

4.

Surely he had been been tested in hell
The Tibetan offered a song with these lines:
Lack of mindfulness will allow the negative forces to overcome you
Without mindfulness and presence of mind, nothing can be accomplished

5.

Breathing in, I remember Nhat Chi Mai
Breathing out, I regain my balance

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