Life at SMC

Floral Notes and Bardo: New Roomie, Autumn Beauty

I’ll be late getting out the door this morning, but I’m going to write.  I’ll inhale my oatmeal while I slip on my shoes.  I’m past due for a shower but I’ll stink for a bit longer.  The ink will hit the page.

We welcomed our friend Erik into our house last night — new roommate.  Still no decent place to excrete waste, but we’re working on that.

An impromptu ceremony to usher in the new household.  Four of us gathered around the table, each with a representation of the different elements in front of us — water, earth, fire, wind.  Erik with a fan in front of his face, blowing, myself a little glass of water, Kambrie with some stones and palo santo smoking from a dish, Heather with a candle flickering.  Heather with a faux fur cloak and delightful grin.  Heather in her element — small group of people engaging in playful, creative activity.

The ceremony was improvisational and opened into segment after segment: goofy chanting, sincere aspiration, funny hand slapping game, howls, all sorts.

I felt glad witnessing Heather — so magical.

Okay, time to pick her up form the bathhouse and head down to community meeting.

Tonight we have our staff appreciation celebration, beginning with happy hour at 5, followed by a nice dinner and a dance party into the wee hours.  Yesterday we held Maitri Bhavana ceremony for a sick community member.  Lots of love and celebration as the autumn is coming on.

— September 17, 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