Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change-
The first step on this “journey” of mine, was simply getting to know myself once again.
Before I competed in my first Gravel Worlds, I focused on “building strength” and training for the rigors of a 150+ miles gravel ride. A little over three years ago, I was struggling post surgery to get back into my cycling groove, needless to say I felt rather unprepared and woefully out-of-place. The week leading up to the chilly predawn start just outside Lincoln, Nebraska, I tried to imagine all the possible situations and challenges I could, and would encounter, and the associated mindset(s) I needed to adapt to them. I did not realize during the moment, that in doing so, I inadvertently found myself focusing on my true inner weaknesses – on the things that I need to improve, and on the behaviors that have eluded me for so long, that I pushed aside to compete, that did not come naturally to me … Anymore. Shortly after an early August rain shower, and two punctures, I quickly realized that I can allow myself to feel confident about my ability to deal with what the road had in store for me, for my life. Albeit not the strengths the stereotypical Lycra clad/carbon fiber cyclist, a little smile here and there, and a deeply rooted sense of humor kept two wheels up and spinning along into the evening.
Quiet simply, being yourself, being authentic – Is pretty inspiring!
You are stronger than you know-
A sincere heartfelt Thank You to all of you! Have a beautiful weekend and please take care!
It is thanks to the odd word, here and there, that everything was revealed to me-
There’s power in good will reverberated openly to the world, which is why I would like to introduce you to Artsy Wheels.
Life, is not very easy at times and rather uncomfortable at best. Walking down our path in life, we may feel like we’re walking alone, struggling with each step we take. Although we don’t have to struggle as long as we are honest with ourselves and asking for help when needed.
We can find strength and support through asking for help. Asking for help is not the same as complaining or surrendering in a shameful moment of weakness. Successful, motivated, caring and passionate individuals take control – take responsibility for finding the help they need in this “thing” called life.
All to often we lament, dwell on our uncomfortable lives. Its amazing what happens when we pause to find comfort in our hearts during these moments of distress … Whether it be riding your bike from Romania to Indonesia or seeking help during yoga class.
a vote for the gentle light
burned senseless by other people’s constant
I pull the curtains apart,
aching for the gentle light.
it’s there, it’s there
oh, the faces of depression, expressions
pulled down into the gluey dark.
the bitter small sour mouths,
the self-pity, the self-justification is
too much, all too much.
the faces in shadow,
deep creases of gloom.
there’s no courage there, just the desire to
possess something––admiration, fame, lovers,
money, any damn thing
so long as it comes easy.
so long as they don’t have to do
and when they don’t succeed they
they imagine that they have
been slighted, cheated,
then they concentrate upon their
unhappiness, their last
and they’re good at that,
they are very good at that.
they have so much unhappiness
they insist upon your sharing it
they bathe and splash in their
they splash it upon you.
it’s all they have.
it’s all they want.
it’s all they can be.
you must refuse to join them.
you must remain yourself.
you must open the curtains
or the blinds
or the windows
to the gentle light.
it’s there in life
and even in death
it can be
It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err-
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what is really blocking the joy we experience while exploring a “healthier” path, our creativity throughout the day, and our peace of mind at night?
Quite surprisingly I may have stumbled on an interesting idea to discuss with you: Peace, quite, bliss, comfort, awareness, stillness … Solitude.
We live in a world that worships fierce independence, yet we deeply fear being alienated and not instantly responding to others: We are over-clocked and over-connected. We are terminally out of touch with our bodies and spirit. Our need for genuine and constructive solitude is utterly lost, looking under the cushions of the couch, we are lost as well.
Today, more than any other time in the year, we need to embrace and seek solitude. Being alone with our thoughts gives us precious insight on how and where to adjust our lives. Solitude brings forth our desire and passion to explore, our curiosity about nature and this beautiful world, our purpose, our individuality.
The sudden, deep thoughts, the explosion of our imaginations, our burgeoning passion evolves in solitude. Enjoy the few extra minutes we have been afforded today, be well and please take care!
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans-
Often at times we focus primarily on our bodies, the results or the lack there of is: We often neglect our mind.
We have often spoke about one way to relax your body and mind: Consistent meditation practice. A quiet mind is a powerful mind, especially so during the last few miles of a local race or a few extra push ups before you leave the gym. Extraneous thoughts that amass during the day will reduce our focus. When we can calm our minds through meditation? The body becomes free, energized and your true ability lies at your fingertips.
Feel free to insert your chosen mediation practice within the quotes: “…”
Learning how to sit quietly, without actually “doing” anything other than focusing on your breath is vitally important. Learn to appreciate the “present moment,” because it will after all … vanish in a few seconds.
An expanding awareness of our strengths (quiet, focused mind) and vulnerabilities (neglecting our bodies and ignoring pain) helps each of us to endure difficult times with more equanimity. It becomes a pleasure to stand your ground during tricky situations with a calm mind, not out of stubborn pride. Pride breaks each of us over time.
Happy Earth Day and please be well today!
… The yoga of life needs a certain grasp of intricacies. It needs carefulness; needs levelheadedness. The yogi does not connect with anything, nor reject it. He lives essentially alone. –Mankuthimma
Today’s sign of the Apocalypse: Subway Death Photos
** Read the story closely enough and you will find out that ALL OF US … Are part of the problem. It’s a sad world we live in … **
Our lives are Precious, our lives are Short. When you set forth on your journey today, don’t do “things” simply for the sake of doing them. Be present and take a keen look around at what you are doing in the moment. Only then move forward if you feel there is something meaningful to your action(s). If you fail to find any usefulness in what you are currently doing? Drop it and move onto the next “thing”. If you do so early enough in the day (shower or coffee in the AM)? You have the potential to avoid an enormous amount of unnecessary pain and suffering. Dwell in Positivity by thoroughly enjoying the “things” you love! Life is too short to spend it doing anything else.
If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as developing the Courage, the Will Power to stop.
Why is so hard for us to spend our time and energy on the very “things” that bring fulfillment and happiness in our lives?
Work yourself into a thick broozle followed by:
10 Heavy Single Arm KB Swings (snappy)
10 KB Halo’s (each direction)
10 KB Hang Clean + Press (single arm)
10 Goblet Squat Bob + Weave (5 each side – eyes forward)
Form, Flow and Grace … 20-40 minutes.
Have we reached a stage in our society where running a 5k is easier than resisting the urge to Update your Facebook status? Sadly, we think it is. We could even make the argument that running a marathon is easier than sitting down to write an actual letter, you know … Pen and Paper!?!
We never like to start off the weekend on a somber note, today is different. Pearl harbor remembrance day is today … A time to reflect. Be well this weekend and ENJOY!!!