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Floral Notes and Bardo: Fury for Dignity

Danny B reminded us of haunty virus (hantavirus) one evening, and so we went home and unleashed our passionate fury for dignity onto the poo-cluttered house.  Somewhere along the line, Heather brought out a Green Tara tapestry (thanks Schmoopie)–so she entered–after Lama Tsultrim had guided me in that visualization earlier in the summer.  Green Tara, who helps in swift accomplishment–arriving in this time of need.

Saturday, a much needed morning of meditation, then in the afternoon, errands in town. Attempting to re-stabilize.  Sunday, an intense day of cleaning, and a Stupa Tour.  I then put on a half-assed haz-mat suit and purified our poo situation from the summer.  I won’t go into detail here.  It was the darkest hour.

This morning I walked across the field to the nearest outhouse–not bad.

We got rid of a good deal of stuff, and shit, over the weekend.  Reclaiming the space.  Creating Good Nest.  And now I’m getting to work on the application essay.  Can’t get into something like that unless the space has been created–physical, energetic, and temporal.

So I set the alarm this morning–didn’t need it.  Woke up and walked across the field to shit.

We’ve also got this online event launching this week.  Doing that and getting into the work (finally) of writing this essay.  At the end of next week I’m going to see Trey in Denver, and then we’re moving into the Lodge.  Ahhhahahah!  A nice period of exertion here and then a nice treat-reward at the end.  Then into Staff Retreat and the cool, cushy times of Lodge living wintertime.

— November 2, 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.

About the Author

1606965_10154263909095154_2100377528113425384_nTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation.  He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he handles the SMC Blog, and other marketing tasks. He also gives tours of the Great Stupa and is empowered as a Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position.  Check out: travisnewbill.com Follow Travis on twitter: @travisnewbill