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Floral Notes and Bardo: This Time with Eva

This time with Eva — like an eternal elder-child, opening gates into wonder.  Each moment, a world.  Each mountain face — a face, or else, something else.  See with your heart, and trust what you see, but not too much.  Not solidifying.

Play, leisure, quality, compassion — aspects of the Way.  Tea, fungus, imagination and fantasy.

An old friend that I have finally met.

Refreshing, resonant, reverent and yet entirely alive.  So sure and yet mysterious.

I feel like my family has expanded.

I’ve gotten good advice.  Met a worthy person willing to guide me.  I have more than one, and so am extraordinarily blessed.

Eva — teaching on balance.  The four aspects of our lives: Spirit, Private, Domestic, Public.


This is what I’ve been trying to articulate and organize for myself for a long time.  What I’ve been asking every teacher I’ve met about, and all have had very partial answers.  She teaches on this, and it resonates.  Yes.

The first encounter with Eastern wisdom in my life was Tao Te Ching.  And I kept it with me, always.  True, like it fell from the sky.  Years later connected with buddhadhara and discovered path.  The helping friendly book still on my shelf, always.

Now, Taoism emerges into the path, my path.  A teacher.  Feels so enriching to what has already formulated.  Fills it out.  Refreshes.  So nicely — like the piano finally entering the jam, when you least expect it, when you’ve almost forgotten there was a piano player on the stage.  Those playful chords, and drifting into shamanic soloing.

— September 21, 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