Pesky flies and mice of mind, rich tea, blazing, devastating, haunting sunrise, depression — a dark patch within splendor. Summer falling away, moaning, the crisp speckles of autumn appearing like feather-touch in the leaves, the aspens, fall.
Soothing few, after far too many.
Group laughter, swaying conversation, intimate, around the picnic table last night. A home run meal turned out by Adam and the crew — veggie burgers, potato wedges, Brussels sprouts, fish for the fish-eaters, big old acorn squash, hummus on the salad bar, crumbled tofu, and… oh, big, huge, warm, gooey brownies. I gathered a heaping plate for the table and we chowed down.
So drastically different, all of a sudden. And a nice big shipment of Dong Ding tea arrived in the mail yesterday. Quite good!
Heather and I made reservations to stay at a sheep-farm-winery in a cute little room previously used for farm workers. Turns out the annual Harvest Festival will be taking place that weekend in some small valley a few hundred miles away from this one.
Soothing shifts. Of course, the mice and flies continue to scratch and buzz at my fragile fortress doors, but even the pest-friends seem more manageable. More obvious that they are teachers and that I can dance with them — like my own confused projections of mind — which they are. Sometimes dissolve, remove, other times surrender. Sometimes pounce, sometimes wait, sometimes offer myself for someone else’s feast.
Oh my goodness… shifting. As Acharya Lyon famously said:
“The seasons are not theoretical here. You live them.”
— September 16, 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.
Travis 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