I’m not one to listen to music whilst on my bike ride neither do I fine company during these six hours of training. So, what do I think about to fill all those hours? This question has been asked of me over and over again and its dawned on me the hours go by quite effortlessly. It does not come as a surprise to many, but the ride always seems like a “new” journey even though the route may be exactly the same. Life truly is one constant change – from the scenery to the activities unfolding before me, from the tingling of my muscles to the thoughts in my head. Upon closer scrutiny, I find my reflection have a few themes.
Breath: Its the sole purpose of my practice to watch the breath and visualize where each breath goes to in the body including the energy I give it. This is a very powerful practice that I have followed throughout my life having been taught since I was a child. It is a constant stream of energy and a state of meditation to concentrate on the breath in ones movement.
Nature: So much of the world is at our finger tips and during this opportunity, I find myself drifting into the intricacies of Nature. The thoughts flow like water as I absorb the natural beauty around me…. the ripples in the pond, the stillness of the mash, how the Egret majestically takes flight, the brilliance of the Pelican in his diving techniques, the greenery of the rolling meadows, the calmness of the cows, the undulating waves and the message the wind sends through the leaves.
People: As I let my mind go, its constantly a wonder how names of people appear – friends, acquaintances, family and simple folk I’ve greeted along the way. This happens either because they have been on my mind or perhaps their positive energy finds me on my ride and I consume it with such joy!
Ideas: Many a time, I get my creativity expressed during these bike rides or for that matter any exercise period. The ideas may come in the form of solutions or offerings to customers and clients. It may even address an issue I’ve been facing at work, health, in the family or a conversation I’ve had that a loved one is going through. Nevertheless, the ideas are many a time ground breaking and lend itself well to a clear possibility and outcome.
World: The time we live in now is faced with many global issues that impact us all – poverty, global warming, climate change and sustainability. These issues are definitely, foremost in my mind and I dwell on them whilst riding reflecting on the things people have said, shared and acted on. It my time, to hear what my heart has to say about issues that are dear to me. This ride gives me the opportunity to truly reflect.
Isn’t it so very true – Time flies when you are having fun? No doubt, there have been the occasional pain or discomfort sitting in the saddle for all those six hours, but truthfully, it is one of the most cherished times of my life. Blessed is the opportunity to meditate on all Life has to offer, to reflect on the wonders around us and the opportunity that lies ahead. Time does go by and the ride of a life time begins again with every pedal stroke.