Life Lessons from Motorcycles: How to Survive and Thrive

12 Principles to Survive and Thrive

Life Lessons from Motorcycles is series exploring the teachings we can learn through riding, if we’re receptive.  Here’s the recap of the 12 Principles of Survival. The reality is that by following these, we can survive AND thrive. The links take you to the full blog.

Balance: 7 tips

If we can’t balance our bike, we’re going to fall over. Sooner rather than later.

Vision:7 Parallels with Life

Parallels between the use of eyes on motorcycles and life.

Running on Empty: 7 Lessons on  Energy Efficiency

Wisdom from motorcycles on energy consumption.

Communications: 7 Lessons

The basic communications model is simple. There’s a sender and a receiver. In between are filters. Often it’s not what we say but how we say it that carries the meaning. Responses are influenced by the verbal and non-verbal messages that get through to the receiver after they’ve been filtered.

Nutrition: 7 Aspects of Holistic Nutrition

Holistic nutrition is derived not only from the food we eat, but also from community, meditation, wisdom, sensuality, and play.  Here again, motorcycles have much to teach us.

Interdependence: 7 Relationships which Touch us All

No one is an island. Not even a free-spirited, independent motorcycle rider. Our path evolves through a complex web of interdependent relationships.

Being Grounded: 7 Points of Contact

Being grounded means to “give (something abstract) a firm theoretical or practical basis.”  (Oxford Dictionary) – a perfect role for motorcycles to take on!

Control: 7 Keys

Control can be used to describe anything from being in control, to being at the controls, responding to controls and controlling. Motorcycles teach us 7 aspects of control.

Branding: 7 Attributes

Branding is the tangible way we reflect personal philosophies and personalities. Essentially, brands are the  external representation of our inner self. They reflect our values, perspectives and interests.

Maintenance: 7 Facets of Self Care

Who knew the owner’s manual could teach us as much about ourselves and self care as it teaches about the bike?   Understanding the fundamentals of motorcycle maintenance enhances safety, performance and longevity while reducing costs. It also builds self confidence, awareness and independence.

Power: 7 Revs

Just the personal power of mortals, motorcycles pack an amazing amount of power into a relatively small engine. Although most bikes have more than their rider ever uses, it’s reassuring to know power is there if we need it!  All we need to do is rev the engine!

Mirrors: 7 Images

Mirrors. We love them and we hate them. We can’t do without them yet we want to escape from what they show us. They’re silent, but their message is loud and clear. And they help keep us safe if we use them.




Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

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