Posts Tagged ‘Buddhism’

Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, Maryland

On this weekend’s bike ride I had to pause at a clearing in the woods to admire the natural setting and the open space within an open space. I was out for a ride in Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland before a friend’s wedding.

It was a moment to breathe, reflect, and appreciate the quiet serenity of the woods and parkland.

I was happy to have the time that day to ride quietly surrounded by trees — a contrast from my busy city street riding.

The natural space offered a break from the monotony of cookie-cutter development in the area. The ride offered a break from the monotony of my thoughts.

(The Iphone photos unfortunately don’t capture the full beauty of the park but at least offer a glimpse.) 

Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland

Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland

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Hoboken waterfront

A crisp morning on the Hoboken waterfront

This week and last the mornings were chilly. The air was always crisp under a bright, blue sky – a reminder of a winter that never was. Few trees have yet to bloom into purple and green blossoms along the river but one morning I snapped a photo of two naked trees that had yet to shed their winter wear. Biking during the spring season is a constant reminder of change. Everything and everyone changes every second of every day.

Trees sway in the wind

Naked few have yet to bloom

Winter says goodbye

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Windy morning on the bike

This morning was brisk, windy, and chilly like some mornings last week on the bike ride to work. The wind knocked me around considerably as I took the path along the waterfront. At some points it slammed against the bike frame and my body sending me into a slow motion pedal. When the wind hit me full force straight on then I was pretty much at a stand still.

Yet when I became aligned with the direction of the wind, it propelled me forward, and then the ride was seamless and flowing and fast.

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To break a cycle you have to be aware that you are caught in a pattern of behavior, that you react the same way every time someone cuts in front of you, for example, or a friend cancels on you last minute. Your mind goes into default and pulls up, “hey, get to the back of the line!” or “that’s the last time I make plans with her.”

There is also the perpetuity of inaction especially when it comes to changing patterns related to exercise or eating habits. We tend to recycle what is comfortable. Perhaps you think, I’d like to start drinking fresh juices every morning but then the sun rises, alarm sounds, cat meows for food, and you roll out of bed and begin a routine that excludes that fresh juice because making it would require a mental shift. Or maybe you do make the fresh juice one or two mornings but then by the third morning you forget that the previous two even existed and you go back to coffee and toast with butter.

We are in constant motion but tend to run on autopilot. Where is the off switch for autopilot?