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Old 12-18-07, 02:33 PM   #1
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what do YOU find spiritualy significant about bike riding?

Okay. Here's the deal. I have a test tomorrow in one of my classes and the title of the thread is essentially the title of the essay. (it is actually "
2. Answer the following in 2-3 paragraphs: what is your worldly passion? What are you “drawn by” (intellectually, athletically, or culturally)? What is the spiritual significance of this passion?")

I need ideas. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! I AM ON MY HANDS AND KNEES IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER GROVELING YOU TO GIVE ME IDEAS!!!!!

Obviously, I am centering my essay on the subject of bike riding

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Old 12-18-07, 02:39 PM   #2
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Sorry dude, but it's just a bike. The meaning of life is probably found elsewhere, if at all.
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Old 12-18-07, 02:44 PM   #3
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what is your worldly passion? What are you “drawn by” (intellectually, athletically, or culturally)? What is the spiritual significance of this passion?")
The fact that you can't come up with an answer tells me that cycling is not your "wordly passion."

Wouldn't take me long to come up with an answer.
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Old 12-18-07, 02:46 PM   #4
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First of all, how are you defining "spiritual"?
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Old 12-18-07, 03:25 PM   #5
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I often find myself praying that the jerk in the pick up truck will not kill me, is that spiritual?
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Old 12-18-07, 03:30 PM   #6
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When I climb 300 meters and find an incredbily clear view, on a sunny day, looing up the coast for 20 miles. I think it is sort of religous. Just completing a 7 % climb for 5 miles is almost religious.
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Old 12-18-07, 03:50 PM   #7
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I think it's the symbiosis between the rider and the magnificent, elegant machine.

And a simultaneous re-connection with your body and the passing sky and rolling earth below.

Total cosmic linkage, dude.

In other words, what cyclezealot said!
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Old 12-18-07, 04:01 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=Bicure;5831874]I think it's the symbiosis between the rider and the magnificent, elegant machine.


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agreed. Da Vinchi supposedly agreed with your descreption also.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:05 PM   #9
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Cycling literally saved my life, giving me an outlet for grief and anger, allowing me to have respite from thoughts of the past and future, and an awareness only of the pavement passing beneath my tires in the very present.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:08 PM   #10
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Cycling has provided me with a way to balance my mind, body and spirit in an invigorating and inspiring way. As the driver of a finely tuned machine that responds to every nuance of my actions, I have found myself on long stretches of roads with my heart racing in ways I have not seen before.

The sweat of hard exercise cleanses my mind by flushing the trivial problems of the day away. Those endorphines bring an inevitable smile to my face despite the challenges still facing me and those I leave leave behind. My heart becomes stronger and my muscles burn as I strain to keep up with the fast pace I set for myself. My passion grows as I see that pace get faster each day.
Cycling is not for everyone, but it is definitely spiritually significant to me.

Just kidding. I really like drinking beer.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:09 PM   #11
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I enjoy the legs.

And spiritual cleansing.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:10 PM   #12
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vixen. so true. grief and anger stay put, unless you find the means to neutralize them. Bikes work as well as most other methods to accomplish such.
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vixen. so true. grief and anger stay put, unless you find the means to neutralize them. Bikes work as well as most other methods to accomplish such.
Plus, one gets healthier and physically stronger, which helps tremendously with the emotional healing.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:42 PM   #14
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Sorry dude, but it's just a bike. The meaning of life is probably found elsewhere, if at all.
Duh. All part of Pcad Cycling Zen of course.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:58 PM   #15
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Okay. Here's the deal. I have a test tomorrow in one of my classes and the title of the thread is essentially the title of the essay. (it is actually "
2. Answer the following in 2-3 paragraphs: what is your worldly passion? What are you “drawn by” (intellectually, athletically, or culturally)? What is the spiritual significance of this passion?")

I need ideas. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! I AM ON MY HANDS AND KNEES IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER GROVELING YOU TO GIVE ME IDEAS!!!!!

Obviously, I am centering my essay on the subject of bike riding

Thanks to all.
As BikeWNC points out. "It is just a bike..." But like most, if not all activities, it is your involvement with them that can endow them with "spiritual significance". For me being aware of my breathing, the sound of the tires on the road/dirt/snow, and the wind/rain, sun, traffic, the way the handlebars feel in my hands, all of these things contribute to what I call my biking meditation. Of course the key is to be aware of things without placing a judgement on them (e.g. "this %$^& headwind is kicking my butt.")

We've all read postings about people who go out on rides and "things just click" and while physically tired they are "energized" at the same time at the end of the ride. I call it a meditative state, some refer to it as "in the zone", some as "their happpy place". Whatever floats your boat. I know for me that at the end of the work day no matter how tired, stressed, frustrated I am that as soon as I hop on the bike and start pedeling I feel so much better.

This of course is just my simplified opinion from a Buddhist perspective. Good luck with your essay.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:59 PM   #16
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I fall into myself til the world is nothing but breathing and patterns....no self.
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Spiritual: The Cross. Unite your suffering on those long drawn out climbs to the suffering of Christ on the Cross.
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Old 12-19-07, 01:37 AM   #18
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what do YOU find spiritualy significant about bike riding?


Nothing, Riding a bike is work, my blood gets pumping, my brain releases endorphins. I like endorphins.....a lot. I appreciate the beauty of nature when I ride. But mostly I like endorphins.
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I am so out of shape that when I am riding, I pray that my next painfull breath wont be my last.
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What does bike riding have to do with Foo?
Didn`t you get the memo? Your supposed to ride a bike to post here. You mean I can quit all this torture? Really? Cool. Can I be a stoner or a drunk and still post here without getting banned? I`m selling my bikes and buying weed.
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Old 12-19-07, 07:19 AM   #22
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riding provides time to think about spiritaity and gives you time to make peace with youself and god
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Old 12-19-07, 07:26 AM   #23
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Didn`t you get the memo? Your supposed to ride a bike to post here. You mean I can quit all this torture? Really? Cool. Can I be a stoner or a drunk and still post here without getting banned? I`m selling my bikes and buying weed.
Yay!!! The party is at glenng's today!
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