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.
Tossed up–gravity, concept
I may describe Waylon Lewis as flying heat, or I may call him Dharma Muffin (from now on) or Jeremiah Johnson (while he roams this mountainside in fashionable flannel). It’s been a joy spending time with him these past two weeks. For me, he embodies the “outrageous” aspect of the Shambhala tradition, which is very dear to me. Above, he feeds me an “I can’t believe it’s vegan” muffin. He is 100% vegan. I am 98% vegan–I cheat for sweets that our kitchen cooks up sometimes. It’s nice though, when I don’t “have to.”
I consider Waylon a teacher/homie.
Connecting with the wisdom of a teacher (and/or a homie), gaining insight through interaction, is a dance. I’ve stepped on toes and tripped a bunch, and have noticed myself becoming a more graceful dancer recently.
So subtle and enjoyable–allowing friendship to grow and understanding to deepen.
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.