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.
This morning, woke up in a cloud — land, folks, houses, engulfed in mist. Like my life, countless hidden truths, bodies, beings, outside of my limited view. Less ambitious about trying to sort them all out, because, in the shrine room, peace, space, the moment as always — nothing to achieve. Patient while the tale reveals itself — no conclusion, no final answer. My journey — I’m on the Buddhist path, personally.
I don’t know who’s going to fall away, or who’ll grow alongside of me — these old ponderosa pines have housed a million chipmunks, magpies, great horned owls. A thousand bears have shit in their vicinity, and some friendly peeps have hugged their trunks.
I get the feeling, in the mist, that I really don’t know.
I’m glad to have made the vows that I have. I believe in the path, that I’ll hold to the path, that the path will unfold all around me and as I’m doing my best to stay true, my slip-ups will blossom into poignant songs of joyful-sad growing.
— September 5, 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