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, innocently following without ever weighing out the consequences. My trust was large.

Around the age of ten, I began to ask questions, scaring myself away from anything that took me outside my comfort zone. My craving adventure came with the price of having an inner dialogue of fear. And then I moved to New York City and found my wild side. A side that had no time for fear as my city girl persona emerged. 

When I hit my late 20’s I moved from New York City to Aspen and between skiing and mountain biking I’ve been moving even deeper into the flow of me as internal dams break from the realization that I can either be in a frozen state of fear and stay safe taking walks, or I can not give my anxiety and fears air-time and get Zen. With skiing I have no fear. I was plopped on skis in Vermont at the age of 3. But mountain biking has been a learning curve, and it has taken years for me to not allow my conscious mind drive the show causing me to spaz out and endo. It is only when I let my mind focus on the Zen of the trail that I feel a sense of ease that comes from an empty, clear mind. It is then where I conquer obstacles on the path, obstacles that in the past I had gotten off my bike for. 

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

Sharing is Caring 💙

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Check us Out on Instagram

Check us Out on Facebook

2 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Who is getting spooky over Halloween? Tell us your plans. Our readers are asking what’s going on! ...

View on Facebook

3 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Give Theo Williams some love. He could use it right now. Follow him on instagram: @theowilliams25
・・・
REPOST

Day 5 ✅ Torrey - Panguitch UT
Today: 73 miles.
Total: 433 miles.

I thought yesterday was bad.... today started with forgetting water bottles. Then a wind storm. Happens to be trash day here, wind blew a trash can which hit my front wheel and knocked me off. I then fell into a ditch from the wind. 2nd fall. At a construction stop a family offered me a ride in a different direction. We went north for 40 miles. Still the same mileage for the day from the drop point.

In the afternoon, I got a puncture and a broken spoke. Thank you to the gentleman who stopped to help me fix it.

This is insanely difficult. Way underestimated this trip. Will finish though.
#dontgethitbytrashcans #MentalHealth #DepressionAwareness #BreakTheStigma
...

View on Facebook

3 days ago

Aspen Real Life

PITCH NIGHT:
WED, 10/28, Noon

・・・
CampgroundBooking.com CEO Heath Padgett is one of six participants pitching for capital & other resources at this year's Mountain Pitch Summit! ⁠

Camping should be simple, so why isn't the reservation process? Campground Booking takes all the leg work out of reserving a site, giving all parties involved more time to actually enjoy what it's all about. 🏕️☺️🔥⁠

Campground Booking helps campgrounds save time and boost occupancy through the campground management software and powerful booking engine.⁠

Health Padgettt, the founder, CEO, and camping enthusiast will be pitching at COVENTURE Mountain Pitch Summit 2020.⁠

Sign up to get the link when the event goes LIVE, Wednesday, October 28 @ Noon! ⭐ Link in bio 👉 at COVENTURE.io⁠

#pitchnight #investors #smallbusiness #aspenentrepreneurs #supportingsmallbusiness #supportingcommunity #strategicpartners


📸: @dominik_jirovsky
...

View on Facebook

4 days ago

Aspen Real Life

Dangerously soft!

#Repost Aspen Dream
・・・
Good night, sleep tight.
Get cozy in our softest pajamas.
More prints ready for pre order online at aspendreamco.com




#aspenbusinessconnectmember
#goodnight #sleepy #cozy #cozyvibes #pajamas #pj #pajamatime #pjset #pjs #sharkprint #nightnight #sleepwear #loungewear #loungewearchic #aspendream #aspendreamco @aliinwonderlandd @davidcliffordphotography
...

View on Facebook