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.
Cody is beaming, going to Rainbow gathering.
Last week sitting on a bench in the sun, with Heather, a few days after I’d decided not to attend Kasung Encampment, Cody approached and introduced the idea of me going along with him to the Gathering.
“Hippe Encampment,” Heather remarked.
Exactly. The idea appealed to me because it was so funny, but what I really need to is settle.
“The seasons are not theoretical here.”
Acharya Lyon said that a while ago, and it haunts me, in a funny way. Summer is bananas. There are so many people here and so much going on. It’s really impossible to keep track, challenging to keep in touch. It’s a buzzing hive.
I slept a bit last night, after spending beautiful time with Heather. This morning, rainbows on our faces, sunlight refracted by crystals hanging in her east-facing window. Heather’s birthday is this weekend and she’s off to Seattle. She’s famous in the community for making these extremely beautiful birthday cards for everyone. I tell her she could go into business with them.
Last night, before heading up to her house, I ran into Mimi, who always has art supplies. I made a lil’ card for Heather.
This weekend, I’m going to work on a piece of music for her.
I feel the need to sit and meditate for a few days, and also the need to get into artwork. It’s summer, karma energy, active time. It’s a wild wave to ride.
– June 27, 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.