Last week I went to Libby Hill Park for the first time. I’ve been trying to get in good enough shape to do some real hiking, and I figured the famous Libby Hill stairs would be a great training opportunity.
I put on my 40 lb. pack and explored the park. Then I went down and up those 153 insufferable stairs four times. They feel like standard 7.5″ steps, so each time up equates roughly to a 10 storey building — 4o storeys in all on the day. I’m guesstimating of course, but that’s roughly equivalent to climbing the stairs of the James Monroe Building.
When I was done I met my friend Chris for coffee, after which I went with him to Shamballa meditation group at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha. Yep, I’m in Christian seminary. But I really enjoy sharing spirit with others, and there was a period in my life many years ago when I might’ve called myself a Buddhist. During discussion at the end of the meeting, some in the group expressed complex feelings about having not gone to Charlottesville to stand against the white supremacists gathering around monuments there. Some agreed with me that the most powerful message possible was to ignore them.
And now for the workout of the week.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #68
- Pick up something heavy and carry it up something steep. Get the heaviest thing you can safely handle — backpack, auto tire, sandbag, weighted vest, whatever — and find the steepest hill or a flight of stairs in easy striking distance. Get your heavy thing to the top as many times as you can in 40 minutes. Take as few 12-count breaks as you need to finish, and be careful going down on noodle legs or you’ll fall.
- Honor the chalice. When you’re done, stand at the top and pay homage to the chalice by reciting your interpretation of the devotional from Chapter 15 of the Cabal Fang Study Course — feel free to make changes as needed to fit your spiritual worldview: “O Holy Chalice, blood of God and Goddess, blood of ancestors and kin, blood of friends and heroes, blood of sacrifice and nourishment — thank you for your love, support, and inspirational example. But most of all, thank you for my rich inheritances—material, emotional, spiritual and philosophical. Blessings to you all; please know that you all live on in me.” If it wasn’t for the people who came before you, who carried some very heavy chores and responsibilities up some very steep inclines, you wouldn’t have most of what you have today.
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