:Come Rain or Come Shine:Posted: June 3, 2015 Filed under: Kindness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga | Tags: Awareness, Buddhism, Buddist Boot Camp, compassion, cycling, Endless Bike Company, kindness, Live, love, meditation, Mindfulness, Omaha, Omaha Bike Co, Re-Cycle Bike Shop, Traitor Cycles, yoga, Zen 4 Comments
I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself-
Early this past Friday morning while driving to work, an event occurred that made me question everything in life.
Mindfulness and Awareness are a journey, not a destination, not something to achieve, not the latest “trend” to trick you into signing up for a months worth of yoga classes, and since mindfulness and awareness are deeply personal, I will humbly, and reluctantly share with you the events that enveloped my recent experience. An experience that has both failed me, and helped me tremendously.
Typically, I commute to work via bicycle. I wake early, reheat a cup of black coffee I make the night prior for a minute or so in the microwave and ease into my riding gear, gently and peacefully. This was not the case last Friday. For you see, I was in a rush, I was outside of my body, I was aware of my actions but not mindful of them. The usual list of things come to mind – Work, riding more, building a new bike, helping friends and family, trying to practice yoga twice a day, spending more time abusing myself than nurturing my spirit. Slowing down does not come naturally to me. I once had an old riding buddy (he was old and had legs like tree trunks …) in England say to me, “slow down to go fast mate” and I got it at the time. It’s the proverbial Aesop’s Fable the story of ‘The Tortoise & the Hare’, the tortoise won by going slower. Faster only gets you to your destination quicker – Driving to a noon yoga class while at work, instead of riding my bike to work and practicing at Halleck Park when the sun rises. Driving to work so I can pick up and drop off some bike parts a day ahead of schedule instead of just waiting for the weekend. By practicing to go slower, I become mindful of the world around me, and I pay more attention … I actually arrive exactly where I want to be, with more awareness. Instead of a steamy car wash bay, spraying the putrid, burning flesh of a deer from the underside of my car.
All of this sounds so simple, although in practice, its much harder.
So where does this leave me? I believe I need to reflect and review my actions with intention – Do my words and actions really align? My feelings really are indicators of my true spirit. When I am feeling incredibly frustrated with life, unsupported and angry? I need to pause, and take better care of my own emotional well-being. My thoughts truly create the world I call home. Being mindful of how I think is essential to my place in this comforting world at times.
Actions, feelings and thoughts that convey encouraging messages, that leave me feeling content and with a smile on my face, are at the heart of living mindfully.
Love the line…. My thoughts truly create the world I call home.
Thank you 🙂 Its been a rough couple of weeks although taking a moment to smile and breath, has truly brought me home. I hope you have a wonderful weekend – Take care!
We can always choose how to react – remember that. Even when something like the smell of splatted deer on the car… how do we react after? Do we continue to wallow? Or slowly let it go?
And you are never unsupported. You only think that. Listen to your heart , dear one. =)
I find that focusing on my breathing helps me get in touch with my feelings, without judgement. It also opens the space for the divine presence. I have written a piece entitled “Thoughts are Things” which encompasses many of your discoveries. I appreciate your sharing.