To practice certainty is to have an unwavering commitment to the course you’ve chosen. Once you’re clear on your purpose and set out in a given direction, there’s no point worrying that you’ve made a mistake and start second-guessing yourself.
Motorcycles don’t like to change their path once you’ve decided on a course of action. In the lesson on Emergency Maneuvers, students must react appropriately to a signal from the instructor to either swerve or stop. It’s important to not anticipate the signal because the wrong response can cause them to crash.
That lesson, which is transferable to your life’s Road, diffuses fear, grows confidence and helps you grow.
Choose to practice certainty and watch as you begin to experience positive outcomes. Following the courage of your convictions is not an easy road. Powered by certainty, your road is filled with adventure, discovery and joy, even when adversity crosses your path.
In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and learn to live in harmony with our world. One of these is the practice of certainty.
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The season of gratitude, gift giving and festivity is upon us. We asked the readers of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, “What tops your moto wish list?”
What tops your list?
To practice non doing is to immerse yourself in the flow of the universe. It’s about allowing things to unfold, rather than struggling to control outcomes. This is one of the hardest of life’s lessons and one that challenges me daily.
Contrary to how it may seem, non doing requires conscious action, focus and surrender. It’s about using your energy productively rather than pushing against forces that are much greater than you.
The Zen of motorcycling occurs through non doing. New riders struggle with managing the motorcycle before they understand how to use its energy effectively. Once you understand how to access and trust the bike’s power, you experience the freedom and bliss of non doing.
Choose to practice non doing and watch your world change. Your eyes will open to the possibilities you were too busy to notice. Your life story becomes richer, more enjoyable and satisfying.
In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and learn to live in harmony with our world. One of these is the practice of non doing.
To practice fearlessness is to act from a place of peace, even in the face of perceived physical and emotional threats. It means demonstrating courage and compassion, rather than violence and aggression. It requires action, not being timid or passive.
Fearlessness and safety are inseparable while riding your motorcycle. This does not mean reckless abandon, nor does it mean ignoring healthy fear, which alerts you to danger.
A wild animal that allows fear to rule him soon ceases to exist. Fear as a survival mechanism is a necessity because it alerts him to danger. Being afraid of what other animals will think of him, questioning his hunting skills or being afraid to leave the comfort of the den will render him ineffective and easy prey.
Embracing fearlessness allows you to step beyond fear and live the life you are meant to live.
Choose to practice fearlessness and embody peace in your thoughts and actions. Just as practicing hostility escalates violence, practicing kindness and compassion escalates peace. Find creative ways to negotiate on common ground and you will change yourself, and the world.
In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and learn to live in harmony with our world. One of these is the practice of fearlessness.
Wearing heated gear from neck to ankles extends my safe and enjoyable riding season significantly. In fact, it’s unsafe road conditions, not the cold that pulls me off my bike in winter. I’ve just returned from a 2,200+ mile trip to a southern vacation destination. Unseasonably low temperatures this year meant I had to take extra precautions to deal with the cold. One day began at -6C/20F and never went above 2C/36F. The 700km/450 miles I rode that day were the coldest I’ve experienced and would not have been possible without cold weather gear.
You don’t need to ride in those extremes to appreciate the safety, comfort and warmth of heated gear. In fact, I wear it to take the chill off whenever the ambient temperatures dip below about 12C/55F.
Going 100 kph/60 mph on a motorcycle in 4-degree (C)/40-degree (F) temperatures makes it feel about 20 degrees cooler outside. That’s significant if you’re riding all day because it will accentuate fatigue, impairment and reduce your enjoyment.
It’s important to make the right choices because except for gloves, heated gear goes on under just about everything else so it’s hard to adjust once you’re underway. It’s a significant investment and can make or break a ride.
How much “coverage” you get depends on how much cold weather riding you do – and how cold it will be. I started with a vest and gradually progressed to gloves, jacket liner and pant liner. Socks are next.
Wiring is very simple to install. Like any other accessories, gear should be turned on only AFTER you’ve started your bike.
Revzilla has excellent, easy-to-follow videos on it’s website, including sizing guides and connection instructions. Their customer service team is also knowledgeable and helpful. Make sure to check out their website.
If you do much riding at all, heated gear is well worth the investment. It takes the chill off even mildly cool days, which helps you stay focused and comfortable on your ride. Give it a try. Who knows? You may discover a new love for cold-weather riding.
Thanks go to Hakim Driouche at online gear-heaven retailer Revzilla, who answered my questions about brand and feature comparison.
The independent, adventuresome nature of motorcycle travel makes it advisable to be prepared for many possibilities – including illness or injury. We asked the readers of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, “What health and safety supplies do you carry? (This could include food)?”
What can you add?
With friends and family on both sides of the border, over and above practicing daily gratitude, I love being able to celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year. There’s a lot to give thanks for and so this gratitude list was begun for Canadian Thanksgiving. Consciously taking time to acknowledge abundance helps me avoid complacency.
It’s fun – and a good exercise to sit down and write a list. To be clear, I’m very thankful for the sun, moon and stars. I’m very grateful for the country I live in and especially all those who have served to protect my freedom.
Yet I wanted to capture gratitude that’s unique to me, and that’s what this list attempts to do.
What’s on your gratitude list?
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To practice beauty is to see splendor where none is obvious. It’s always there; you just have to know how to see it. Focusing on the beauty of a situation changes its dynamics. It constructively diffuses fear, anger and negativity, while spreading positive change.
In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and learn to live in harmony with our world. One of these is learning the practice of beauty.
Look at the big picture. Learning to discern the crucial from the incidental is a motorcycle survival skill. To make the best decisions, you want holistic data, rather than unnecessary minutia. Focus on details in your mirror while riding and you’re likely to crash. Focus on them in life and you miss the beauty that surrounds you.
Consider the angle. You can only take in so much through your mirrors, so you adjust them to focus on what’s important. Use the same practice with colleagues and family. When you perceive only negativity from a person, step into his shoes and see the situation through his eyes. The insights are astounding.
Look for what you don’t see. Mirrors provide a snapshot of whatever they’re focused on. That’s why you use shoulder checks to address blind spots. Beauty is not always obvious, especially if you’re prepared to see ugliness. Yet beauty is always there. Focus on it and feel the energy shift.
Recognize that perspective changes. Experts recommend that you check your mirrors as often as every five seconds. You and everything behind you are moving. You forget what you’ve glanced at, new thoughts have come into your mind and the next time you look, it’s through a different filter. It’s the same when seeing beauty. It buds, blossoms and transforms, and although the image changes, the beauty never diminishes.
Take movement into account. You, and most things around you are moving. They’re moving at different speeds and approaching you and each other at different velocities. Every time you look you’ll see something different. As life situations fluctuate and evolve, the nature of beauty changes.
Give gratitude for the lesson. When checking mirrors, look for the facts without reading emotions into it. Fear can distort your perspective and cause you to react inappropriately. Other people mirror the lessons you need to learn. The next time you find yourself upset with someone’s behavior, consider what’s in it for you. Whether it’s learning not to take things personally, remaining centered or not getting emotionally engaged just because someone else is upset.
Think of the situation as a puzzle. What you see in the mirror is but one piece. When you have a sense of the picture as a whole, you’ll see how it all fits together – and the beauty all around you.
It’s hard to imagine that we miss more of what’s right in front of us than we see, or that our own perception is biased. Perceive beauty and you’ll find a gift from Spirit. Notice what is pleasant in unexpected places. When it’s not evident, add loveliness through your words, thoughts and actions. That’s how you change the world.
It may be getting dark and colder outside, but we’re already thinking ahead to next season! Motorcycle camping was the topic of conversation and we asked the readers of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, “How much motorcycle camping do you do when you travel?” And, “If you camp, do you cook any meals?”
How do you feel about motorcycle camping?
To practice non attachment is to let go of the labels you’ve attached to yourself. It’s about remaining grounded and centered, working from that place of power that is you, rather than the roles you’ve bought into.
The stories we’ve told ourselves, limit who we are and stifle our identity. When we can let go of them and become self-referencing, we no longer need a label to tell us who we are. Practicing nonattachment is tremendously liberating. Once you let go of your preconceived notions of who you are and stop looking for validation from others, you’re free to be who you are!
In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and learn to live in harmony with our world. One of these is learning the practice of nonattachment.
Match your style to your purpose. A dirt bike looks very different than a sport bike. That’s because they’re built for different purposes. Brands, roles or characters you take on, are the external representation of your inner self. They reflect your values, perspectives and interests. Although you may try, you cannot be all things to all people. Listen to your heart, follow your passion and do the thing you’re here to do.
Beware of branding traps. Just like preconceived notions can lead you to misjudge the appropriateness of a motorcycle, so too can you misjudge others – and yourself.
Drop the drama. Motorcycles are objective. They are who they are, without being influenced by opinions of others. List the roles you’ve attached to yourself or have been attached to you. See them as characters caught up in a story, but not who you are. You don’t need approval from others. Just be true to yourself.
Build from the inside out. You were born into a specific setting. As you grow, gain self-awareness, understand your role and power, your lifestyle evolves accordingly to reflect who you think you are. The strongest brand is created when what you reflect externally matches who you are inside.
Know what makes you unique. Although there is some cross-pollination, motorcycles are designed for a specific purpose and type of rider. That’s what attracts you to it. Do the thing only You can do. As esteemed as they are, the world doesn’t need another Mother Teresa, Bill Gates or (insert your favorite person). Those roles are already taken. You have a unique purpose that only you can fill.
Meditate daily. Just as you need to get to acquaint yourself with the power of our motorcycle, so too is it wise to acquaint yourself with your own power. Use whatever format works best for you to stay centered and in touch with your inner spirit.
Learn from the experts. The entire motorcycle design is based on its purpose. The whole package is consistent and focused. That’s how brands are built. Your brand is how you’re defined, who you are, or more accurately, the perception of who you are. And it’s one of your most valuable assets. Stay true to it!
It takes a great deal of strength and clarity to see through the characters we’re trained before we’re even born. It takes a even more courage to stand up for who you are. But never more courage than you have. If we each follow our inner guidance, when we drop our roles and expectations, when all of our messages come together, profound change occurs.