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zen and the art of motorcycle riding

Nothing forces you to be more in the moment than performing a task which demands both your mental and physical attention.

This past weekend I took the Beginning Rider Class with Team Oregon. The weather was less than ideal, drizzly and not warm. I was nervous.  I’ve never ridden a motorcycle before.  But I learned.  I had to.  And there was nothing else I could do, my attention was entirely kept on the moment. It was often exhausting.

I found places though where effort washed away and I simply rode. Where thought and momentum and physical movement were just one energy.  And the bike and I were that…a single energy.

I am home now, pruned from a long bath, with a nice cup of tea, exhausted and a little bit proud of myself.

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