Lesson No. 14

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[ Let go. ]

I’ve fallen off the pedals a couple times this week. Some graceful, some impactful. Some expected, some unexpected. Some reasonable, some unreasonable.

There has been loss in my hometown and love goes out to family, friends, and the community. I’m riding right there beside you.

I rode hard this week in remembrance and for my own therapy. All these bruises I’ve gained – worth all the tension released. There were times I held on – times I let go of the handlebars.

I chose to [ let go ] of fear and sorrow and I arrived at the present moment.

Isn’t that our (sole|soul) responsibility? To live for this moment right now – cause your never promised another. Squandering time may be one of our worst crimes.

Please go out and live. Live for yourself and for the ones that time was cut short. Know that everything will be okay. Let your emotions go – don’t hold within.

Death is apart of life. Let go of expectations of the in-between stuff. Acceptance of the things we cannot change is important.

Some days are clear conditions, some muddy and rutted to hell. But keep riding. Worrying about the trail ahead will cause anxiety. Concerning yourself with the miles already rode will cause anguish.

Love with all your heart and take care of one another. Your never going to know the last encounter or if there ever will be more than one. Just like your path – you may never get to ride it again. So please enjoy it – now.

Leverich Canyon, Bozeman, MT. 6/9/2019.

Lesson No. 13

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[ Fall like the rain. ]

My instincts have been screaming – haven’t been able to comprehend the tone. My mind racing, trying to find the next exit: the next escape.

My body is here, but my soul was wandering in the woods. Needed to seek out silence from this noisy world.

My senses come alive when I realize the potential in each drop falling from the sky. Every plant, every being, reaching out for the precious resource.

Honey, I hope you fall like the rain. Every drop is life-giving – learn from this. You might be one small being in this universe but your ripple effect has more power than you perceive.

Your actions, your intentions, your kindness could make the difference. Learn to fall with grace and bounce back with resilience. Once you find your footing – run. Run with the knowledge that you have the ability to overcome any challenge laid out for you.

Don’t let the gloominess cloud your vision – invert and work on your own darkness. There are reasons for the seasons – listen to them. Once your doubts and fears have fallen, stand up with exuberance for this life we are so lucky to live.

Lesson No. 12

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[ Ride til the end. ]

Yesterday I rode 15 miles into the mountains for you, Spencer Sande. Thoughts and love goes to family and friends.

A life lost so soon never feels good.

When I arrived at the end of the trail – the sun shined for you.

6/3/2019 – Rattlesnake Recreational Area

Lesson No. 11 & 10

No. 11

[ Disconnect to connect. ]

Please take days to disconnect and explore outside. Run wild with your imagination. Allow  yourself to just be.

Been craving a day or two away from technology to appreciate the world around me.

(( Running around the north shore of Lake Superior has always been a form of escape to me. Open water – vast space. Grateful to be connected to such an amazing place. ))

3/28/2019 – Two Harbors, MN

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No. 10

[ Catch the sunset. ]

Don’t have much to say. Just get outside!

4/21/2019 – somewhere in ND

 

Lesson No. 9

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[ Be vulnerable. ]

Expose yourself to the elements. The mountains don’t seek out shelter during the storm. Being blown around is good for you – teaches you to stand your ground – establish your core.

Allow emotions to pour over you like the clouds pour over the peaks. We all have darkness – confront it.

We tend to relate vulnerability to weakness but truly it amounts to strength – strength to accept your shortcomings/happenings and keep living.

If your struggling in any part of your wellness journey – understand that the calm is coming – endure.

Even if it breaks your heart – believe in your storm – your wild fire. Choosing harsh climates creates a more humble being.

When the weather breaks – use all your senses to enjoy the view. Be vulnerable to the beauty of the natural world – let it take your breath away for you to realize it’s presence. Be grateful for the hardships in your life – it yields for a deeper, rugged, and resilient soul.

Praise the storms for their power – power to bring you to your knees so you learn how to stand up – every time.

Hyalite Reservoir – 5/19/2019

Lesson No. 8

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[ Stay grounded. ]

The Earth has an electrical current – connect to it. Recharge your core. Your soul deserves healing. The damage physically, mentally, and spiritually accumulates.

Center yourself on this planet – trust your path. The direction your pointed in is where your wheels will travel. Become aligned and you’ll ride with ease.

Stand tall, and stand wise. Allow yourself to absorb the ground. Be ready for action – we were born with feet not roots. We are meant to grow but not upward –  inward.

Sometimes life is an uphill battle – but know the work is well worth the effort. Feel the trail – become one with the ground. Once you achieve this awareness – my dear I hope you leap. Jump into the unknown. But remember to pull your energy downwards – for the Earth has knowledge and power far beyond man.

Rattlesnake Recreational Area – Missoula, MT – 5/28/2019

Lesson No. 7

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[ Observe the sunrise. ]

Wake up with the natural rhythm of the Earth. Get outside and watch the sunrise. Set your intentions for the day – let them be as colorful as the sky.

What do you have to accomplish? What do you want to accomplish? Work your desires first then the obligations will come naturally. You have the power to do absolutely anything with your day – what’s stopping you?

So my attempt to see the sunrise every day has been far from 100% successful. But every time I get my butt out the door to observe the dawn – my attitude towards the day is quite peaceful. Did you know that another definition for observe is: [to celebrate; to see or sense through careful attention.]

To take the time every morning to awaken your senses, to celebrate that your alive – so profound. You have this amazing opportunity to do these amazing things – start pushing your limits. Your never going to regret living your life.

Write down your intentions – set goals for yourself because who else is going to? You will find that boundaries are meant to be found and overcome. Wake up early – go do rad things. Be active upon waking – it sets you up for a healthier day. Cook a bomb breakfast – our movements/attitudes are dependent upon how we fuel ourselves.

Know that every day is a new beginning. Don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow – live for the present. Be grateful for the light – learn from it. To understand the dawn is to understand that you too can develop your masterpiece. Become the artist of your life – don’t let anyone or anything stop you from creating your vision.

Palisade Head, MN – 4/17/2019