What does Shambhala need? A court jester.
I’m working now, with the team, on our next online conference. And it occurs to me that I mock, internally, anything which seems to take itself too seriously. For example, the “mindfulness movement.” I think that mindfulness is helpful, and so is irreverence.
Dickie, and the pile of Bio Solids. Big topic at the community meeting yesterday. We don’t have to drain the lagoon, which is habitat for hundreds, and used to be a poo hole.
SMC. The: void, desolation. Deprived of: entertainment, comfort — which is good. Naked. Good for humans to access that, drop into that. But, for a contained period — not as a way to live.
I think, in these modern times.
(I DONT WANT TO WORK ON THIS!!!!!! I WANT TO PLAY WITH THAT GUITAR OVER THERE FOR HOURS!!!!!!!!)
Sense of humor for survival.
Family now and so not worried about being kicked out for my dissenting opinions, cynicism, etc.
The wild way to bring about Shambhala Vision.
(Ed: My own trip-ups and insights on the path towards clear-seeing, gentle being, skillful speech.)
— September 10, 2015
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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