Spring Vibes

Walking within the garden of his heart, the pupil suddenly came upon the Master, and was glad, for he had but just finished a task in His service which he hastened to lay at His feet.

See, Master,” said he, “this is done; now give me another teaching to do.

The Master looked upon him sadly yet indulgently, as one might upon a child which can not understand.

There are already many to teach intellectual conceptions of the Truth,he replied. “Thinkest thou to serve best by adding thyself to their number?

The pupil was perplexed.

Ought we not to proclaim the Truth from the very housetops, until the whole world shall have heard?” he asked.

And then-

Then the whole world will surely accept it.

Nay,replied the Master,the Truth is not of the intellect, but of the heart. See!

The pupil looked, and saw the Truth as though it were a White Light, flooding the whole earth; yet none reaching the green and living plants which so sorely needed its rays, because of dense layers of clouds intervening.

The clouds are the human intellect,said the Master.Look again.

Intently gazing, the pupil saw here and there faint rifts in the clouds, through which the Light struggled in broken, feeble beams. Each rift was caused by a little vortex of vibrations, and looking down through the openings thus made the pupil perceived that each vortex had its origin in a human heart.

Only by adding to and enlarging the rifts will the Light ever reach the earth, said the Master. “Is it best, then, to pour out more Light upon the clouds, or to establish a vortex of heart force? The latter thou must accomplish unseen and unnoticed, and even unthanked. The former will bring thee praise and notice among men. Both are necessary: both are Our work; but – the rifts are so few! Art strong enough to forego the praise and make of thyself a heart center of pure impersonal force?”

The pupil sighed, for it was a sore question.

William Quan Judge

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*CultFit 2014 Events*

What does it mean to be the best? It means you have to be better than the number two guy. But what gratification is there in that? He’s a loser—that’s why he’s number two-

Oddly, many of you have been asking where I will be riding this year. The list below is by no means complete, who knows? I may not be “feeling” particularity motivated one weekend to go out and grind some gravel, choosing to lie on my yoga mat instead. Either way, listed below is a tentative list of events I plan on riding in (minus club rides, charity rides and late season cyclocross).

I’m always open to ideas and rides in your neck of the woods as well!

February 2nd 2014 – Frosty Bike Ride

February 16th 2014 – Ice Bike Fourteen

March 16th 2014 - Iowa Spring Classic

March 23rd 2014 – Iowa Spring Classic

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April 5th 2014 – Renegade Gents Race

April 19th 2014 – Red Hills Roller

May 31st 2014 – Dirty Kanza 200

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June 28th 2014 – Odin’s Revenge

July 12th 2014 – GONG Ride

August 16th 2014 – Gravel Worlds

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September 13th 2014 – The Wicked Wilson 100

October 18th 2014 – Omaha Jackrabbit

November 1st 2014 – Gravelicious Gravel Grinder

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Good – Night

Good-night? ah! no; the hour is ill
Which severs those it should unite;
Let us remain together still,
Then it will be good night.

How can I call the lone night good,
Though thy sweet wishes wing its flight?
Be it not said, thought, understood—
Then it will be—good night.

To hearts which near each other move
From evening close to morning light,
The night is good; because, my love,
They never say good-night.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Much Ado About Nothing

Act II Scene iii

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never:
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leafy:
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

- William Shakespeare

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Muy Feliz

Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say: I am too happy-

The idea of “surrender” is not one we cling to when it comes to engaging in activitie(s) of our choosing. Rather, the words we use are more akin to fighting a valiant battle, winning at all costs. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with thinking this way Unless thinking this way makes you feel worse that you already do.

May this post serve as an invitation to gently set aside the fear and fight in our lives. In order to truly live.

My idea of surrender, is that surrender gives my mind a chance to let the world seep into my very consciousness. Learning “how to surrender” is not about becoming passive, a “chump” or indifferent. Surrender revolves around accepting our current state of mind, body and spirit. With this acceptance serving as my starting point? I am learning to take the best care I can of my body and my mind.

Daily Meditation:

Consider a moment in your life when “surrendering” led to positive consequences that you were not expecting … 

Be well today!

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