By Travis Newbill
Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a daily feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of existing as part of Shambhala Mountain Center.
Oh Bardo, this morning, golden brown strokes in deep grey skies, drizzling cool summer rain, and… cows everywhere — humongous cows… mooing, chowing grass. Not normal. Bewildered boy, in transition — perpetually, and now, indeed.
Reflecting on the solitary sage dream, realized up on the hill, in the yurt. Awake at 4am and breathing the teachings, texts. Reflecting on… spiritual materialism, hinayana… and Heather, who appeared in the enchanted aspen grove and became an imaginary romantic character, a dream, and now, realized — deeper and deeper. A real friend, in the flesh and imagination, always. Now, mahayana heart dissolving barriers, and the richness and truth of the path of relationship. This morning, did not make it to the shrine room, missed my drumming shift, instead, spoke with Heather in bed, watched cows out the window, did Qigong while the rain came down. After breakfast, in the shrine room by myself, aspiring to become sustenance in all ways for all beings.
It used to be cut and dry, in my mind, and now the dharma is more fluid — my mountain bones and ocean, blood. Inhale, exhale — vapor so luminous and sweet. The shrine room, a house and car, and cat. A job and paying bills… time in the cave, the festival, and the bedroom with lover. The path unfolding in unexpected, yet somehow familiar, trustworthy, poetic ways.
I’ve been here for a year now. Onwards, further, further, further…
– August 25, 2014
Travis Newbill is a curious dude on the path of artistry, meditation, and social engagement who is very glad to be residing at Shambhala Mountain Center. His roles within the organization include Marketing Associate and Head Dekyong–a position of leadership within the community. Follow Travis on twitter: @travisnewbill