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    Meditation on wheels

    Does anyone else meditate while bicycling?

    I do it sometimes and while reading "Ruling Your World" by Sakyong Mipham, I discovered that he does it while running. So I wondered whether other people do.

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    The only meditation I do on the bike is as to whether it would be better to climb this hill or if the legs require an easier ride.
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    I guess that it really depends on what you mean by "meditation". If you mean that you get into a completely tranquil state and become one with the machine and all extraneous inputs are completely muted, then "Yes, I often meditate while riding my bike."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk
    I guess that it really depends on what you mean by "meditation". If you mean that you get into a completely tranquil state and become one with the machine and all extraneous inputs are completely muted, then "Yes, I often meditate while riding my bike."
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    I am not what one would call a traditionally religious person but I have to admit that when I cruise down the road on a serene gorgeous morning, that I feel that I can catch a glint of the fabric that makes up the universe. If that's God or God's work, then so be it. All I know is that at those times, I can't help but feel part of something much bigger than myself or man.

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    When I used to commute to work (about 10 miles each way) I would often get into "the zone" and when I got to work, couldnt remember the stop sign or stop light that I had to go through. No idea if I stopped or not, or if the light was red. I did that commute for 5 years. It was great.

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    that might work

    haven't tried it, but i like the idea ...nice gently rolling tarmac .. sunshine and cool breeze .. mmm
    just started to break my ride and do some tai chi whch seems to work well for me .. i'll definitely check out the book.
    ... i guess its not recommended whilst tackling manic offroad descents then ?

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    Yeah, I can meditate while riding the bike. Has to be somewhere I don't have to feel on full alert the whole time for traffic, dogs, peds, red lights, etc.

    I'm working on levitating as well. That should make hills easier.
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    Yes I meditate. When I have I would write out a Bible verse on a 3x5 card and attach it to
    my light with a rubber band. It was interesting because at first I thought I knew what the
    verse was talking about. But after going over the verse many times in my mind I would
    start to come up with new thoughts and insights. It is refreshing.

    I also go over verses from memory.

    Most of the time I ride in traffic which distracts me from meditating. I would think that
    riding off road would be more beneficial.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    I am most at peace on my bicycles.
    My Rhoades Car has added to that
    level of serenity too. Except about
    3 weeks ago a female cop busted me
    on a chicken sh*t ticket rap to the tune
    of $477 and for about 2 weeks all
    I could think about was how I was
    gonna tell the cops the were a
    bunch of M' F's if they ever
    pulled me over again!

    I have since cooled off greatly. I can't
    bear to carry all that hate and anger
    with me. It is like a life sentence for
    getting a traffic ticket on a bike.

    But, yeh... I am most at peace on
    my bike, and I have a select playlist
    for my mp3 that aides in my peace of
    mind.

    There is something about gett'n on it,
    (pushing your limits on the bike a bit)
    the flow of the wind in your hair
    (or what is left of it) and a nice ride at
    twilight to put me into a nice state of
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    I have really been enjoying my evening
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    get a great kick out of it. Less traffic,
    cooler temperatures and the magic of
    the lighted homes and business' in all
    the small towns around this neck of the
    woods is for lack of a better word:

    Enchanting! :O)
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    I meditate about something on every single ride. Generally, I only think good thoughts. Then, sometimes, I think about this forum (is that sick or what?) - what the consensus would be about my riding thus and so, do I take the lane, is my cadence steady, would anyone believe me if I wrote about the guy I almost ran into at 10:30 PM riding the opposite way on my shoulder with no lights, would anyone really believe that I can maintain "this" speed (or, given the same terrain and conditions, would most of the forum riders make toast of what I consider to be really swift riding), and on and on.

    I'm a musician, and sometimes, whatever lick I've been working on most recently gets into my head and I pedal to that tempo (or that tempo fluctuates to my pedaling - this is especially true on long uphill climbs - I start singing a song in my head, and, up we go!).

    Sometimes I concentrate on myself - my breathing (not to control it, just to make a mental note about it - how fast I huff and puff during a hard uphill climb, how quickly my respiration returns to "normal" afterward - how I had better enjoy what seems like an uninhibited ability to breathe as fast or slowly as I need without any hindrances - how I can take deep or shallow breaths as it pleases me, never any pain, gurgling, or wheezing (I have never smoked). At those times, I say a little prayer of thanks for being blessed with good health, and for His hedge of protection during those times when, an inch one way or the other, an added bit of speed, a reduced bit of stopping, and my good health might have been wiped out forever.

    I don't consider cycling any more dangerous than anything else I do, but, cycling events, both personal and those about which I read on this board, remind us, perhaps more vividly than anything else, how fragile is our health and how short is our time (our good time) here on earth.

    I apologize if I've gone overboard - but those thoughts really do go through my mind during and immediately following a nice ride.

    Caruso
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    Carusoswi wrote:

    would anyone believe me if I wrote about the guy I almost ran into at 10:30 PM riding the opposite way on my shoulder with no lights
    Don't get me started on those guys.
    I give everyone of em a little lecture
    when I meet them head on in the
    street coming my way. Thank God
    I have excellent lights or I woulda
    died from a collision a long time ago.

    Ahuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruzMOKS
    I would think that riding off road would be more beneficial.
    especially for achieving more enlightened understanding of some of those hard-nosed OT guys, ya know? A rock here, a tree root there, a small cliff to fall over, a stream to fall into - your typical OT day
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    I choose not to meditate on the road, there are too many drivers 'meditating' on their cell phones so I want to stay alert. Riding a trail, there's no time to meditate cause I'm too busy thinking about the course. But riding a MUP is relaxing and there I think of relaxing thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk
    I guess that it really depends on what you mean by "meditation". If you mean that you get into a completely tranquil state and become one with the machine and all extraneous inputs are completely muted, then "Yes, I often meditate while riding my bike."
    Yep, that's what I'm thinking of. Zen Buddhists would call it "Just Bicycling"; dropping all the thoughts of what happens after you arrive, what happens before, what jerk dropped the broken beer bottle on the street, or just did a right hook, etc. Using a focus on breathing to still the mind. Just bicycling, but making the effort to drop the thoughts as you pedal.

    I was interested in other reactions as well, reminding me that meditate is a multifaceted word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    I'm working on levitating as well. That should make hills easier.
    When you get it, that will let you shave every ounce off the bike! You wont need wheels or a frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk
    I guess that it really depends on what you mean by "meditation". If you mean that you get into a completely tranquil state and become one with the machine and all extraneous inputs are completely muted, then "Yes, I often meditate while riding my bike."
    I quite often fall in that state while riding a fixed gear bike solo.
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    The pedals turn without effort, every atom of air is felt going in and out of the lungs, magic absorbs bumps large and small, angles steer around osbtacles. At the end of the ride you ask, how did I get here?
    Yup, I mediate.

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