: Higher & Higher :Posted: October 29, 2014 | Author: CultFit | Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, Canada, compassion, cycling, Cyclocross, exercise, Fall, family, free range, freshly pressed, Gratefulness, happiness, hipster, kindness, love, lululemon, Media, meditation, Mindfulness, motivation, musings, natural, nature, nebraska, Omaha, passion, pilates, simplicity, social media, Star City CX, time, Twin Six, whole foods, Winnipeg, writing, yoga, Zen |6 Comments
You are — your life, and nothing else-
A little over two years ago I stopped planting myself on the couch and turning the TV on for no good reason. Very seldom do I pay attention to the pathetic, dreadful “news”. I am picky with whom I choose to spend time with. Something happened in my life that I fail to put a finger on, and even now its hard to put into words to share with you. I realized there was a deep-rooted issue with my soul, my true-self. It was as if my soul, was raw, torn, ripped wide open. As if my true-self needed a “special” kind of time. We often think of time as a linear aspect of our lives … 0400 in the morning – Time to rise and eat breakfast , 0900 – Second breakfast, 1200 – Workout over lunch … As the cadence of time marches on, we fall prey to time – Time truly dictates our life.
Bringing balance to body, mind, and spirit has never been more important to me. With this intention, I packed my bags last Tuesday and set off for a long weekend of cyclocross racing in Winnipeg – A beautiful city nestled near the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Winnipeg is an idyllic oasis on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies, the spirit of Winnipeg perfectly aligns with its inspiring surroundings. A city, simply being …
This exhilarating excursion nine hours north of Omaha, NE included boundless adventure at every turn. Between the company of close friend(s), practicing at Public Yoga, an endless amount of delicious food, the support of a large, cheerful crowd, laid back fellow competitors and the great outdoors; only served to deepen my connection to simply being. My weekend transformed into an eye-opening experience that both heartened and challenged me.
Do you recall when you last fell prey to marching in step with time? Maybe it’s when you stopped looking at your iThingy every fifteen seconds, or better yet, when you fully surrender to a state of flow during your morning yoga practice or whilst training for your next big event? A moment in which you stop counting breaths and checking Strava for a little bit as you exercised your creative muscle(s) – that “thing” between your ears.
This is when time stops pedantically chugging along, and being begins. May you take a moment to bathe in the beauty of simply being this morning.
This beautiful “thing” called life presents to us the opportunity to slow down and savor the concept of being. Even when counting the miles away driving from Omaha to Winnipeg (642 … ).
I’m so glad that you had that time. . . and thank you for the reminder. I felt like that after I dropped myself from a gravel grinder ride with some amazingly accomplished women, riding back into town from the west, sunset at my back, the colors of the rays changing the vista of the city by the moment.
I realized I much prefer riding alone or with my husband 🙂 Those are the special times for me. Just being.
Or after a long amazing conference for the Wilderness Act’s 50th birthday in New Mexico, and spending a day hiking at Cabezon. Being completely worn out, sitting on a rock and watching the desert floor below–nothingness. Not a sign of humanity.
That is until we were buzzed by a USAF C130 Transport, about 500 yards above the peak–then another buzzed just below us and swung around to the other wilderness area. It made us wonder if there actually is true Wilderness any more.
I’m glad to hear that you find peace, serenity and comfort riding along with your husband. 🙂
Hmm … True wilderness? The stark reality of life always seems to drop in our laps during the tender moments of life. We should explore this phenomena a little closer, is returning to “life” after a race that much different than returning to the daily grind after spending time outdoors? How do we savor and cherish these dense moments we have experienced? Chronos and kairos I feel play a pivotal role in how we experience “life” … Are we beholden to the moment, or to what time we have to do “something” next? The next meeting, the next class or the next race. Lots to explore my friend 🙂
Take care this morning and be well!
I’m so glad you had that inspiring, restful and peaceful time!
It was a wonderful and inspiring trip, one that was much overdo in the taking. 🙂
You got the name of the studio reversed – Yoga Public 😉
Crazy things happen north of the border 🙂