Month: March 2015

An Eleven Minute Journey — Healing Shamanic Music

  We’d like to invite you to lovingly interrupt your current state of being by pushing play on the music box below.  Generously give yourself eleven minutes — eyes closed preferably, but while at your desk writing emails is acceptable — to experience the rejuvenating power of this music from Byron Metcalf, an award winning musician, transpersonal psychologist, shamanic practitioner, and healer. Also, we invite you to lovingly interrupt your current life trajectory by attending the upcoming retreat that Byron Metcalf will be co-leading at SMC May 1-3: Click here to learn about Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence ~~~ Byron Metcalf, PhD, is a transpersonal guide and educator, shamanic practitioner, researcher, and award-winning professional musician. For nearly three decades, he has been intensely involved in consciousness research and spiritual development, specializing in the transformative potential of alternative states of consciousness. As a drummer, percussionist and recording engineer, Byron produces music for deep inner exploration, breathwork, shamanic journeywork, body-oriented therapies, various meditation practices and the healing arts. As workshop, retreat and ceremonial leader …

Why Meditate? (VIDEO)

  Shambhala Mountain Center hosts Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat with Acharya Emily Bower June 9–July 9, 2017 — click here to learn more     About the Filmmaker Jason Lee Segal is a writer/director residing in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Chapman University and has directed over 50 shorts, music videos and documentaries. His work has screened at numerous festivals and has been honored at IVVY, NFTTY and was selected as a youth leader for MTV voices. When he’s not behind the camera, Jason is a smoothie maker, meditator and rhyme word creator. // JasonLeeSegal.com

The Healing Possibilities of Palo Santo — Sacred Plant Essence and Friend of Humanity

  Shambhala Mountain Center is glad to be hosting David Crow — author, acupuncturist, herbalist, April 3-5 as he leads Contemplative Aromatherapy: Vipassana, Ayurveda, and Plant Essences The video below offers a taste of his wisdom and what his latest book is about — the sacredness of Palo Santo, and how we may have a beneficial relationship with this and other plants.  Just watching the short video may open up a connection with the profound possibilities of plant-human synergy.  It has for me. Enjoy. SMC host’s Contemplative Aromatherapy: Vipassana, Ayurveda, and Plant Essences, April 3-5 — click here to learn more David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with 30 years of clinical practice, and the author of numerous books including In Search of the Medicine Buddha. A student of the elder Kalu Rinpoche and the Dharma Master Hsin Tao, he teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on understanding our biological relationship with nature. His work can be found at Floracopeia, (www.floracopeia.com)

FLOW: I Move Because I am Curious

By Katharine Kaufman Katharaine Kaufman will be leading FLOW: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat, April 25-27 I start in stillness. Then I recognize I am breathing. The breath appears to be more clear—prominent. I recognize a sense of body—what is touching the ground, what is a little snug, what feels tired. Hello body. I relax my jaw and shoulders and along with this, discursive movement relaxes too. Breathe out. I am landed. Where does movement start? Mind? A reflex? Breath? I move not because I am uncomfortable and want to change my posture. I move because I am curious. I am looking for what my mentor, Barbara Dilley, calls, “kinesthetic delight.” I open my peripheral view to the others in the room. Pretty soon we are moving through space, slowly, and somewhat together. I don’t have to hold this body up—by myself. I think of my yoga teacher, Richard Freeman who always said we can “ride the breath.” And there’s a sense of support from the group. When we slow our movement we can take …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Magnanimity, Bhanu, and the Back Nine

Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a regular feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of existing as part of Shambhala Mountain Center. So sleepy this morning, both of us, and Heather said: “It’s cute that we have temples, huh? Like, my body is a temple, and my temple is a temple… And my temple is my body!” At breakfast, Director Gayner — who is in the midst of high-level Shambhala leadership retreat — in which they practice for 20 hours a day — approached Heather and I with a big grin. “Ahh! Just the two that I was hoping to see.  This is very auspicious.” We nodded, and he went on: “Magnanimity!  Do you know this word?” He’d like for us to come up with a calligraphed presentation of this word along with its definition from the 1812 Oxford English Dictionary (or something like that) as a gift for Richard Reoch, who is leading the retreat. We gladly agreed. ~~~ …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Recently, and A Bit About Demons

Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a regular feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of existing as part of Shambhala Mountain Center. In the woods, on the hill, among scatterred ashes A restless demon, lustful for validation In the chair, in the polite room, among polite people A restless demon, lustful for stimulation On the floor, in the quiet room, among sacred symbols A devoured body, calm, gently thumping heart Recently: A five day meditation retreat in which I received a powerful treasure text from the Vidyadhara, sat on the cushion for seven hours a day, and questioned relentlessly the adequacy of the teacher to bring such subtle truths to life. A day on the land being cooked by the sun, filming Richard Reoch — who is a real bodhisattva — jolly-wise-pappy. He listens until the wisdom reveals itself, through whomever he is engaging with. He knows that the environment is alive with truth. He is delighted and deeply touched. …

The No-Selfie: Miksang Contemplative Photography

  All photos in this article by Julie DuBose Discover how to see the world in a fresh way and express your full and complete experience through your camera. Miksang Contemplative Photography as developed by Michael Wood and Julie DuBose teaches us how to recognize the experience of direct visual perception — direct in this case means without the filters of our habitual ways of seeing and experiencing. In the interview below, Julie DuBose offers some wisdom related to this beautiful discipline. Click here to learn about our upcoming weekend workshop: Opening the Good Eye: Miksang Photography, April 2-5, 2015 — This is Not Just A Photography Class Watch our interview with Julie DuBose below, or scroll down to stream/download the audio, and to see more Miksang images. If you’d like to download the audio file, CLICK HERE and find the “Download” button. Otherwise, you can stream the audio below. Click here to learn about Julie DuBose’s upcoming retreat at SMC: Opening the Good Eye: Miksang Photography, April 2-5, 2015   Click here to learn about Julie DuBose’s upcoming retreat at SMC: Opening …