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Floral Notes and Bardo: A Light Seed Grain (a secret message)

I didn’t come here to complain — although as I just rested my hand on my desk for a moment, a mouse turd stuck to my pinky.  My house is infested.  They are cute.  I am territorial.


The little hassles are encouragement to practice the dharma — as I’ve been saying, out loud now, so that I might shift a bit, and then a bit more, towards a more accomodating and — oh, really — joyful experience of living in the world.

Okay, you mice!  Your turds are like pellets of cosmic medicine which purify my grouchy karma.  They are packed full of compassion.  If I develop the proper digestive enzymes via meditation practice and study of the holy texts, I will awaken fully and you will benefit as well.  Are you awake already?  Are you my personal little bodhisattva teachers?


Dad’s dharma: “Shit happens.”

No shit.

Yesterday I went by my mailbox and found a funny envelope with my name on the outside, in red ink, and a heart in the upper right corner.  A post-it note, stuck to the inside of the envelope, facing me as I lifted the flap:

There is a light
seed grain
inside you! You
fill it with
yourself: or
it dies!!

I looked at it for a while, standing there in the mail-room, and then put it down on the table.  Mysterious…  Then I thought to pick it up again and examine further.  I checked the back of the note:

hello lovely one

— Bhanu
Sept. 5th 1990 2015

Yes, good, good!

— September 9, 2015

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 living as part of Shambhala Mountain Center.


PortraitTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation.  He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he serves in the roles of Marketing Associate and Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position.  Follow Travis on twitter: @travisnewbill