About the Bike
How to recapture the wonder of childhood.
Posted June 6, 2018
There are many ways to combat the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle: walking, jogging, gardening, playing ball, and swimming come to mind. Still, there is no better feeling than getting on your bike and riding around the neighborhood.
I would argue that biking is more than just a great physical, easy-on-the-joints, exercise, as it is much more than that. It is an opportunity to awaken your sense of adventure and freedom. Do you remember riding your bike as a child? Do you remember that feeling of freedom that came with it?
I still remember the feeling of the fresh air on my face as I was cruising down the streets of my hometown, Mostar. I may have been a minor with an otherwise circumscribed life, but in those moments on my bike, I felt limitless. I may have not known what mindfulness is all about, but as a 7-year-old I was naturally living in the moment.
So what happened?! OK, so we got older and have more responsibilities, but the magic powers of the bicycle can be reignited. Physical activity provides a great opportunity to practice mindfulness and stay in the moment, and cycling is a wonderful way to achieve that.
In the words of one of the great 20th-century philosophers, and Queen guitarist, Dr. Brian May: “Get on your bikes and ride!”