As some of you know I spent a few days last week at a meditation/writing retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO. It was a serene three days of meditating and writing, without cell/internet/tv/radio service and 600 acres of land to explore at my leisure.
One of the unexpected highlights of my trip was spending time outside, in and around The Great Stupa. I had read about it online prior to my trip but the online pics paled in comparison to seeing it live with my own eyes. Nestled up in the mountains, about a 15 minute walk from where I slept each night, it is a spectacular sight from the outside in the midst of what seems like nowhere. Even more stunning is the interior. I spent a good 30 minutes inside each day meditating in this magnificent space in the presence of a 20′ gold Buddha statue.
On my second day there, I was getting up from my quiet time with the Buddha and a voice from behind asked if I would remain seated just a few more minutes. Of course, I listened and complied. Marvin Ross, an international photographer, was setting up shop. After a few additional minutes of sitting, I was free to get up.
A couple days later, Marv kindly emailed me the shot. It is beautiful and I think you’ll agree. It is way more captivating than I expected.
Even more fascinating is it is almost a match of the central image on my 2011 Vision Board. It’s as if when I selected the Buddha pic for my VB (a page I randomly ripped out of a magazine), and added the words “are you listening” that I was predicting something like The Stupa shot would happen.
Is it coincidence?
Was I simply in the right place at the right time?
Or did the energy from my Vision Board travel with me?
I wonder but continue to believe the universe works in mysterious & supportive ways.