Meditation is often celebrated as a means of managing stress and centering oneself. Others exercise, and others still may party the night away. However you decompress, there is no question that it’s necessary.
For me it’s all about cycling. When I’m on my bike, it’s like nothing else exists. Nothing else matters. It's a liberating feeling that I experience no other way.
No matter what I may be thinking, pondering, deciding, analyzing, debating – it all falls away when I'm on my bike. It’s just me, the road and mother nature. If you're a cyclist too, then you understand.
Whether the terrain is hard or easy, the difference is physical but the emotional benefits comparable. On an easy ride I'm aware of the hum of my tires on the road, the feeling of the sun on my skin and the joy found in effortless speed.
On a tough ride, I'm focused on the burning in my quads, a minor change in wind direction, cracks in the pavement and the hills looming in the distance. The biggest decision in that moment is what gear to use. Shifting, shifting, shifting.
So you see, cycling is like meditation. It inspires a centred focus on the immediate experience at hand. Cycling is my sanctuary - a treasured, restorative, glorious place. And for that I am thankful.
What is your sanctuary?