Tonglen for Mothers
– DeLona Campos-Davis
I breathe in the daily frustrations
small as they are, big as they can seem
I breath out patience for us all.
I breathe in the loneliness
of days spent mothering on our own
I breathe out connection
I breathe in the brokenness
not being enough in the world
I breathe out wholeness
leaving ideals behind, truth.
I breathe in the boredom
diapers, cooking, same every day
I breathe out simple pleasure
swings, finger painting, rocks.
I breathe in the exhaustion,
the worry, the fear
I breathe out the calm energy, excitement.
I breathe in the rage
at your plight, your place, your life
I breathe out peace