Well, I made history today, personal history anyway. The mountain trails we run on are filled with twists and turns with roots and rocks scattered liberally along the way. Typically I’ll take a spill every 20 runs or so. No consequences more serious that a bruised ego most of the time. In fact, once during my last Shut-In Trail Race, I fell, did a complete somersault and came up running.

On my run today, however, I slipped, tripped and fell three times, capped off by running my face into an overhanging tree limb. Granted there were new-fallen leaves obscuring obstacles beneath and making the surface slippery. Nonetheless after the tree limb incident, I decided to walk the rest of the way while Shonnie ran on ahead. Discretion, valor and all that. :-)

We didn’t tell her what to think,
Or any rules to follow.10-9-14 035

We didn’t tell her what to feel,
Or how to anger swallow.

We couldn’t teach her to be real,
And not to feign emotion.

We wouldn’t tell her how life is,
We let go of that notion.

But in the end we knew that she,
Would get just what she needed.

By loving her right here, right now,
This moment . . . then repeat it.

This video brought tears to my eyes. It’s about Mindful Parenting as taught by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a powerful philosophy through which parents learn to create deep transformations in their relationship with their children. Parents learn to deepen their sense of emotional connectivity to their children, and equally importantly, learn how to build their children’s sense of inner connection.

Through Mindful Parenting, parents learn the power of allowing their children to live in a state of “being” rather than incessant “doing.” Instead of imposing their will onto their children, parents learn to build alliances with their children in a manner that optimizes their inherent strengths and virtues. Here, the parent-child relationship is viewed as a two-way street where transformation is deeply and mutually reciprocal.

Our firm intention is and has been to be with Gracelyn and one another in this way.

I’m a long-time fan of Tom Robbins , having resonated with with his first book, Another Roadside Attraction, in the ’70s. In fact, I fancied myself one of the characters in the novel: Plucky Purcell, former college football star and sometime dope dealer. Actually, that description fit pretty well at the time. Therefore I was truly excited when I learned Robbins was scheduled to speak at the Jubilee! Celebrations this morning. And Tom didn’t disappoint, reading about his spiritual (not religious) awakening at age 13 from his memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life.Tibetan Peach Pie

Being baptized in the Rappahannock River in Virginia by a Southern Baptist minister did not bring Robbins any nearer to Jesus than he had been previously (not very). However, after seeing a Natalie Wood film at the age of 13, he says his “scruffy whippersnapper heart opened like a sardine tin … radiating such a vortex of woo woo love it would have made Saint Francis of Assisi seem like a mink rancher.”

Jubilee! Minister of Ritual Howard Hanger and Robbins have been friends for some time, and it was, of course, at Howard’s request that Robbins delivered the weekly meditation.

FYI, Robbins was born nearby in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and both of his grandfathers were Southern Baptist preachers. In 2000, Robbins was named one of the 100 Best Writers of the 20th Century by Writer’s Digest magazine, while the legendary Italian critic Fernanda Pivano called Robbins “the most dangerous writer in the world”.

Finally, a few bits of Tom Robbins wisdom throughout the years:

Tom Robbins at Jubilee! Photo by Peg Heup Pillsbury

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice.”

“The trickster’s function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end, the trickster gives people what they really want, some sort of freedom.”

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