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What was I thinking

Thursday, April 26, 2012

OK - so if you have read any of my most recent blogs, you are probably starting to become weary of my constant reference to biking - it is my passion and addiction, so be forewarned, more of it is on the way.

One of things I like about mountain biking in particular is the mental focus needed to ride effectively and safely. 90% of most rides are either up hill, down hill, or along trails winding between trees, over narrow bridges, roots, rocks and logs or some combination of all of those elements.

Remaining present and in the moment is critical - I have found out the hard way the consequences of a momentary mental lapse.

And yet, riding is also a great meditative/creative activity. One part of my brain is intensely focused on the next hill or log, while another seems to be merrily doing its own thing.

On my ride today, I had one of those "AHA" moments where a business problem that I had been tumbling around and percolating on for some time became crystal clear. All the information that I needed for the insight had been in front of me for months, I just wasn't putting all the puzzle pieces together until this morning.

The beauty is, I made this discover without hitting a tree and while burning close to 1,000 cal. Maybe I should move my office out onto the trails.

Have a sparktastic day.
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    I had you pegged as a teacher. Lol
    1995 days ago
    I don't drive much any more, and when I do now I have a passenger strapped in the carseat in the back demanding some of my attention. However, when I used to have to drive longer distances with attention to winding country roads, carrying my office on the road, I would get into that state from time to time.
    1999 days ago
  • XENA47
    I know what you mean. Sometimes the mind works better when gears?

    emoticon I used to do repetitive work in a factory and it was
    great for the creative process. Even though I had to work fast and pay attention, it put me in a perfect state of mind for inspiration. I wrote a lot of short stories during my breaks.

    It's easy to look at exercise as non productive time but it really isn't. I think the mind benefits from it.

    2000 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/27/2012 5:33:39 PM
    Maybe I need to try biking! Wonderful!
    2000 days ago
    Wonderful -- even tho walking doesn't require the same concentration, I've solved many problems while doing so. WTG!
    2001 days ago
    Haha, I love this!! Many a problem seem to work themselves out this way!
    2001 days ago
    That's So Awesome...And So Are You !!!!
    2001 days ago

    Those kinds of activities that transport us into a state of total, passionate, involvement are like a meditation. We seem to have access simultaneously to intense 'in the moment' clarity and deep, intuitive subconscious reasoning at the same time. Different cultures actually have names for this state of being, none of which I can remember at the moment. emoticon
    2001 days ago
    That's great!
    2001 days ago
    emoticon Michael, awesome ride!

    Enjoy the rest of your day babes emoticon
    2001 days ago
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