Seeing seagulls from the cycle

Posted: March 26, 2012 in On the bike path
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Seagulls stared ahead as I biked the last stretch of waterfront path in Jersey City during one of the first warm days in March. Their beaks pointed me in the direction of Hoboken. They squawked and announced the arrival of spring along with the fresh morning air and brilliant sun.

The weather forced me to stop and take notice, to appreciate the seagulls perched on the railing, and to watch the sun glimmering off the Hudson River. If I hadn’t been on my bike, I would have missed the seagulls, the river, and the moment to pause and take in the new season.

For all that I saw that morning from the bike seat, which is more than I take in when zoned out in the car, there was plenty I didn’t see. During a lecture on the Wheel of Life — a Buddhist painting that represents our cyclical existence — Venerable Chunzom describes how we are stuck in a certain perception of the universe and that there are many things around us that we don’t see.

Sometimes I am so stuck in the cyclical nature of my own thoughts that I don’t see what’s in front of me. Getting on the bike, like meditation, bumps me out of the whirlwind of thought and brings me to the present moment.

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