[...] with practice, this hyperalertness becomes second nature , a state of mind cued by the touch of the bike seat, the sound of shoes clicking into the pedals. [...] once I'm settled in and pedaling, once I've stopped fidgeting in the seat and wondering whether I really want to ride today, space is created that wasn't there before. For me, this space makes room for gratitude: for my legs, strong enough to pedal; for my fellow cyclists, who come up behind me with an encouraging word or make room for me to pass; for the weather, no matter what it is; for all of the things I wouldn't have noticed by car- the spiky leaves and purple blossoms of artichoke plants, surfers zipping into their wetsuits, tiny lettuce seedlings, the warm, moist fragrance of strawberries.
joy riding Charity Ferreira Yoga Journal; Aug 2010; 230; Docstoc pg. 19 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further rep
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