As far as feeling the wind and weather whip around you while you place your trust and life in the hands of the driver, not much beats “being present” like riding on the back of a motorcycle.
I recently had the pleasure of going on a 3-day trip through Central and Western North Carolina with my Dad and his harley. There is no radio and no way to really talk (and I like to talk). I was just there in the elements and in the moment. Whether it’s enjoying beautiful mountain vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains or sweating at a stop light in a town, you have no choice but to just be and accept whatever is happening now from the back of a bike.
When I was 16, I was in a really bad car accident where I was a passenger. Now, I still feel my heart race and anxiety kick up whenever I am a passenger in a vehicle that’s going down big, curvy hills. It was an amazing test of trust and faith that had me still able to enjoy descending into Black Mountain as darkness fell. It wasn’t easy, but it was great practice in breathing, relaxing and having faith.
That’s what yoga is in my life. It’s not just a class but a practice in every aspect of my life. It makes it where even a motorcycle ride is a part of my practice.
Many other activities have a similar affect for me such as scuba diving or solo paddle boarding. I just have to be present in the moment when doing them. However, the real test is if I can continue to apply this to my everyday life from cooking, to paying bills. If only those could be done while the feeling of wind was rushing over me as I gave the decision making to someone else for a time.
While yoga does tremendous things physically for my body making in more mobile, flexible and strong, it’s the non-physical part of the practice that is the most helpful in guiding me to be my most authentic and compassionate self. Whether it’s on the mat, focusing on your self-care, doing the dishes, or driving down the road it’s all we have is the this moment to be truly who we are meant to be.
This is my Dad ready for me to get back on to ride.
What activities bring you easily to a place of presence in your life? Please join the discussion below in the comments section.