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 I woke up in a fancy bed, and over breakfast, considered my good fortune.
Yesterday we gathered as a community and discussed… cats.
Heather and I have been asked to cat-sit for Director Gayner. So we’re staying in his house for a few days. Very fancy! Soft carpet and running water.
When we awoke this morning, beneath a brocade blanket, Heather asked me to sing a song about “little paws.” I sing a song for her every morning about whatever she would like to hear a song about. We’re feeling lucky.
After the Community Meeting yesterday, there was lots of charged conversation. The open forum meetings tend to inspire communal engagement, rippling outwards into the following days. We’re thinking that we need more of those.
In other news, coffee has been spilt on my new white shoes. It happened this morning, just after a group of us did the Shambhala Sadhana together. I was not angry.
Getting together with my friends and doing this sadhana is a powerfully good experience. It’s active, social, musical, and meditative. It’s a collective rousing of good intention. Very uplifting and inspiring.
In my work, I’m feeling like there are pins lined up before me and I have a bowling ball of love. Our department is shifting around a bit, and I’m feeling really good about my role.
This weekend, I’m going down to Fort Collins to spend some time with my buddy Matt. We’re planning on doing the sadhana together on Sunday morning and having gluten-free pancakes and avocados. And, other than that, just spending time. I’m looking forward to that.
— August 21, 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