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.
This funky smell in the room this morning after tossing and turning all night — dreaming of my tortured kin and the futility of “helping.”
Pema talks about letting things fall apart, and other teachers do too, and so do I, and I know I may as well because it’s inevitable. And, I see my resistance to death manifesting as attempts to try to keep it together, or fix, or ignore reality.
So, my plans are like suggestions.
Here I am with all of my faculties, for now. Maybe my gums are disintegrating and my teeth will shatter before I can come up with the $20,000 for surgery. Maybe my Mom will drop dead before she discovers a good way of living.
Maybe I’ll leave Shambhala Mountain Center without having developed the skills necessary to make a good living as a marketer and I’ll go back to being a scrappy artist. Maybe I’ll go into debt $90,000 in order to attend Naropa.
Maybe I’m in a loop of cynicism. Maybe my cynicism is empty of nature. Maybe my farts are luminous mind.
— January 27, 2015
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 Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position. Follow Travis on twitter: @travisnewbill