Only the hand that erases can write the true thing-
Do you want to “train” with a riding partner who is hesitant to think that things will work themselves out fine and dandy further down the road? Or do you want to practice next to a Pollyannaish yoga princess who never, ever – never ever thinks that anything could go wrong during yoga class – Until it does, chipped nail polish and all? Have you noticed of late this “spiritual presence” wafting in the air, pressure of having to be positive, jovial, and enthusiastic every stinking moment of the day?!? Even my Son asked me the other morning if I was feeling excited about rebuilding a Cannondale Headshok that exploded on me recently. “What was that little dude?” I said, “You must be kidding.” He paused, looked into my furrowed eyes and simply laughed. He knew he was trying to manipulate me into feeling “something” I was not at the moment, or he wanted to watch Star Wars Rebels?!?. Anyways, he could not help himself. He just had to give this leaky, broken down fork, a fork that was going to bother me for the rest of the mountain bike racing season, a positive spin.
What’s lost in our “spiritual presence” conquest, constantly needing to be coaxed and persuaded into balance – Is perspective. What is truly lost, is the idea to question the way we experience ourselves and others before we even acknowledge these negative thought(s) or event(s). True spiritual practice kindly offers us perspective. Once we tap into who we truly are, we look at the particular, nuanced daily experiences with wisdom and a gentle heart. We don’t have to take “life” so seriously anymore. Just looking at our inner thoughts and feelings from the perspective of – Being – causes us to find peace and smile. A deeply rooted spiritual practice allows us to observe, allowing the wonders of life to unfold before our very eyes – naturally.
Kids and broken bike parts are wonderful when it comes to offering a new perspective on this “thing” called life.
… Remember, Remember The fifth of November. The DeLorean and Calvin Klein. I know not of what you were stricken to call Marty McFly chicken for your fates will surely entwine. Doc Brown hit his head and for his stitch and suture, made it possible to go Back to the Future. Given the chance you would, Introduce the world to Johnny B. Goode and if you think there’s another reason for this date of the year, then make like a tree and get out of here-
Chances are Mr. Fawkes knew what the right thing to do was and even wanted to do what is right … Then he walked into the houses of parliament.
Because he was afraid. Guy Fawkes lacked the courage to support his convictions in a meaningful way.
So how in the world do we draw a parallel between a terrorist and you, average trendy peep of the 21st century? Simply: We need passionate courage to face the unknown challenges that confront us. We need vast amounts of courage to let go of our irrational fears that hold us back each and every morning.
We need courage to be ourselves, to be authentic and to take responsibility for our actions. We need to be courageous in order to overcome our fears of rejection and disapproval from others. You may have never thought of this before although it takes courage to accept criticism and openly admit to mistakes.
Harvesting courage frees each and every one of us, to find new and better ways of being Authentic … You.
Most of us are held captive, prisoners of our own fears and fear of the unknown.
Link of the day: Time Management
A quick Trail Run/Hike/Swim or Walk to begin the festivities. Followed by:
5m Out and Back + 10 Perfect Push Ups
10m Out and Back + 10 HEAVY Goblet Squats
15m Out and Back + 10 HEAVY Hard Style KB Swings
20m Out and Back + 10 Heavy KB Snatch
Mr. Fawkes would have done this for 30 minutes, or 3-4 times through.
Remember this day as the day you kicked fear in the FACE! Guy Fawkes was found guarding some barrels of gun powder around midnight on 4 November 1605, barrels full of fear. Take care today and ENJOY!!!