The Zen of Mountain Biking

The Zen of Mountain Biking

When I was a little rag-a-muffin of a tomboy girl, I followed my older sisters blindly without weighing out the consequences. Around the age of ten, I began asking questions before doing anything and my sense of adventure came with the price of having an inner dialogue to calm my nerves in order to lay down my fears to move forward on my journeys.

When I hit my 20’s and moved from New York City to Aspen I took up mountain biking and ever since have been working towards finding the sense of ease and flow on my bike that I find when on my skis, realizing that so much of my anxiety and fears are all in my head. Mountain biking helps me to not allow my conscious mind drive the show. When my mind is driving I spaz out and get hurt. It is only when I allow myself to flow in the moment that I feel that sense of ease and conquer obstacles on the path by flowing over them and having fun rather than feel afraid.

The beautiful thing is that this sense of ease then translates into all facets of my life. When the mind doesn’t drive the anxiety and worry subsides and life becomes so much more beautiful, literally, as I race through the woods ending up in spectacular scenery that leaves me breathless.

Do something you love that challenges you to let your mind go, and I’m not talking about drugs – I’m talking about actually allowing life to be that drug. Live hard. Don’t be afraid. Set yourself free.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

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