Month: September 2016

Offering

Hello world, I wrote this poem last fall as a rumination on death and life, impermanence and transition. Now as I prepare to leave SMC for new journeys, it seems fitting to share.   gathering up the courage to say goodbye to good friends gathering up the pink in the clouds as it swells into peach and then dusty blue gathering up the things i need for today in my old pack. pulling together the sound the wind makes through tall dry grasses golden ice of late october the dreams of morning hearing scratching in the wall or floor gathering up the swollen parts of my heart for you to hold the honey and peanut butter, avocados and incense smoke to coax you, tether you back into this world for a moment stuck on cobwebs in the rafters for just a sound, a smell of this Earth i gather up deer bones from the mountainside and trees and the dry, cold dirt i lay them next to mine, bound together, hinged to hold us for as long …

WATCH: Susan Piver on Writing, Magic, and Meditation

You probably already know who Susan Piver is — because she is famous for helping people through her writing. She’s a New York Times Best-selling author of titles like How not to be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. You probably already know that! But, what you may not know, what may come as a surprise, is that the main impetus for this writer — who has helped tens of thousands of people through her writing — is not to be helpful, necessarily. Rather, it is to discover something. If this makes you wonder about what it means to be a “helpful person” or an “artist” — good! In our recent interview, Susan spoke powerfully about the creative process and its healing potential, and how discovery is a phenomena that a writer can experience themselves, but cannot quite provide for readers. Rather, perhaps, they can set the stage. She quotes her teacher Saykong Mipham: “Don’t teach anyone anything. Help them discover something.” In a culture that seems full-up with opinion, …

Alan Watts: How to Stop Time — a short film by Jason Lee Segal

The humor and poetic sense with which British philosopher Alan Watts delivered his lectures is perhaps as celebrated as the content of the material itself — which was groundbreaking in bringing Eastern philosophical thought and spirituality to the west in the 1950s and 60s. In more recent years, this enthusiasm for Watts’s spoken word has manifested as a trend of creative online videos — fusing imagery, music, and audio recordings of the bard himself. Shambhala Mountain Center’s own Jason Lee Segal has recently published a freaking awesome contribution to this sub-genre — using visuals captured on the Shambhala Mountain land (and a few shots from surrounding mountain vistas). This isn’t the first time Jason has honored the majestic beauty of the SMC land and culture through his gorgeous filmmaking. And each time he does, it makes us want to dance! We hope this short film moves you as much as it moves us. And, check out more of Jason’s work here: http://jasonleesegal.com/  About the Authors Jason Lee Segal is a writer/director currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. He …

Your Virtual Guide to the Perimeter Trail

There is something undeniably magical about the land at Shambhala Mountain Center. Literally and figuratively, it is the heart and foundation of the experience here. The powerful energy of the land can be experienced by simply being; in meditation, yoga or contemplation — but walking and exploring this area is meaningful in its own way, offering a chance to shift gears and restore the precious connection to our wild, natural environment. A great opportunity to experience the land is via the Perimeter Trail (also known as the Shambhala Mountain Trail), a roughly 5-mile loop that circles around the 600-acre property of SMC. The trail is lovingly maintained by the Land Crew, and takes you through a diverse range of landscapes — from meadows, to marshes, forests, and rocky vistas. Along the way you can expect encounters with ancient rock formations, mysterious shrines, and the occasional moose. There is a largely untouched and highly diverse ecosystem to discover—home to countless wildflowers, pines, aspens, and juniper; coyotes, moose, deer, salamanders, and hummingbirds. After living here for over a year, I’ve finally completed the full Perimeter Trail …

What If You Are Far More OK Than You Have Ever Given Yourself Credit For?

So often when we attempt to deal with our struggles we approach it with the expectation of getting rid of an unpleasant experience, feeling, thought. This “getting rid of” mind set is at the very core of what prolongs our suffering. It sets up the duality of a “me” against an “it.” With the associated attachment that there should be no suffering in the first place. Hmmmm. Let’s soften our relating to our suffering. Embrace a wiser presence with our imperfections. A genuine and compassionate acceptance. What if we learn to sit in the presence of our being? Our entire being. Not just the parts we like. To sit with great patience openness and compassion to our complete being. Rejecting nothing. No medicating, no running away, no self-condemning. To have the courage to rest in the presence of even those parts we have come to push away and reject. Courage with great love. Compassionate acceptance invites us to recognize, accept and hold those very parts of our being that our resistance has been the fuel …

The Most Important Change Your Can Make for Your Health

~~~ By Charley Cropley “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle What is it that clogs your arteries, puts pounds of fat on your belly and hips, ages your skin, makes your joints stiff and painful and your digestion foul? What is the root cause of developing cancer, diabetes, depression and every other malady? What is causing your body to malfunction, degenerate and become diseased? This is the million dollar question—you find this answer and you find the power to Heal. Naturopathic medicine offers this answer. Almost all disease in your body are the result of cumulative changes to your normal physiology; changes in inflammation, digestion, elimination, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, hormonal levels, neurotransmitter balance, cellular respiration and metabolism. Physiologic assaults repeated daily turn into the pathological changes which doctors label as disease. It is your habitual behaviors that damage your body’s physiologic processes until they become diseased—and what determines your behavior is you. The overwhelming influence on your Health is you. You are Self-Healing. You don’t want to …