Beautiful post from the Shambhala Forums by forum-user, Rei. Enjoy! ~Britz
The idea of finding Zen at Shambhala may sound like a bit of an oxymoron.
If you’ve never been to Shambhala, the idea that you might find a few moments of zen and peace at a ‘rave’ where there’s loud music blaring constantly and people going crazy might leave you scratching your head or perhaps wondering if I’ve been smoking a little too much of the green.
I probably would have been wondering the same thing prior to having attended myself if I’d heard someone make such a statement.
This year however, will be my fifth year at Shambhala and I can honestly say that in all my 29 years, I’ve never even come close to experiencing the kind of energy and life changing/affirming/centering/enlightening moments that I’ve had every year I’ve attended this incredible festival.
So many incredible memories that I could go on and on about and I have talked to so many people who have had their lives and perspectives forever altered for the better after getting swept away by the magic there.
Something in the air perhaps, the energy, the absolute void of the normal societal structures and attitudes that people are generally blinded and preoccupied by back in their “real” lives.
Whatever it is, I just wanted to take a minute and express my appreciation for what makes Shambhala such an amazing experience for me and keeps me coming back every year.
Shambhala is absolutely a huge recharge time for me and even though I may be physically exhausted by the end of it, my soul and energy level is always elevated to soaring heights that keep me going throughout the rest of the year.
If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself and your spirit to experience it at least once in your life. Just go, you’ll be so glad you did.
If you have been and can relate to this sentiment, please take a minute to share your own experiences of Zen at Shambhala so we can all be lifted up a little while we wait for the countdown to hit zero and we’re all once again back on the farm. Until then, much, much love to all of ya!
~Submitted by “Rei” on the Shambhala Forums