Checking out the Indian Canyons in its driest time of the year surprisingly still has some flowing water.
Courtesy of Zen Habits
I think we should all live life slower and more appreciative, enjoying every moment for exactly what it is and nothing more.
Here are 12 ways you can live a simpler more joyful life. I will be practicing all of the below as much as possible.
1. Nonresistance to all event and situations that come in to my life. Accepting every moment for what it is with no inner resistance. All events and situations are not good or bad but just experience to be learned from.
2. Non-judgement to all people, events, and things that I come into contact with in my life. Accepting everyone and everything with no preconceived notions and ego powered thoughts.
3. Non-attachment to all things, people or events that I have in my life. Being able to separate myself from material things, unhealthy relationships and events that have occurred in the past. Not needing anything to complete me or make me feel whole. We are all whole beings at this very moment.
I will be working all of the above concepts throughout my bike tour to try and reset my mind to be fully be open and able to learn and understand all people, things and events. And detach myself completely from my ego because it is not who I am and neither is my mind. I really feel in pure solitude and silence lies the truths we are all looking for.
Going to Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, Mt.Whitney, Yosemite, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Down the 1 coastal highway to, Garapata State Park, Andrew Molar State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Montana De Oro State Park, Goviota State Park, Nojoqui Fall Park, and down the 1 through Los angles Back to the Desert, All on a Bicycle with a trailer. Should take me around 3 months to finish the tour 50 miles a day with some days off in between. Should be an extreme challenge but one pedal at a time.
Ive been meditating of and on for about 5 months now and let me tell you its been one of the more trying experiences of my life. The difficulty for me is my inner resistance to stop thinking, I’ve lived in my own mind since I can remember always thinking, planning and projecting to the future. All of the above are a major hindrance in achieving a deep meditative experience but slowly but surely I’ve been able to break down those barriers of thought with nothing more then practice. It still can be difficult at times but it becomes easier. When you experience true no thought for a period of time its like you can see for the first time with out your mind getting in the way and distracting you. I’ve been recently using some music designed by a Dr. Jeffrey Thompson Theta Meditation System and what he recognized by studying the human brain was that we produce certain types of brain waves as we enter deep meditative states such as Theta waves. In his musical compositions he embeds Theta waves within the music which actually seem to really relax my brain and possibly train my brain to replicate the sounds by listening to them. To my surprise the theta waves might actually be workings or its a placebo affect but I really think there is something to it. Try it out for yourself and find out. Meditating is a very transformational experience when you look within you can really see what matters.
When ever I hear about Yoga I have always thought I could never get into it due to my misconceptions about it being a female oriented exercise and what not ( My past ego state of mind) but I’ve turned a new leaf and am making my life a life of experience rather then resistance so anything I see that seems beneficial I will give it a go. Bikram Yoga is usually done in a 60% humidified 104 Degree room which is very intense so I have started in the regular 100 Degree heat of the desert in my living room. To my surprise this is an extremely intense set of movements that really asks allot of your body with every move. But as you do it I have noticed that its very easy to zone out and loose your thoughts because of your extreme focus on each move and it becomes a very intense meditative experience. And you really can feel the burn I would recommend trying it if you are looking for something that will increase you flexibility, well being, attitude and over all physical physic. Check out the poses above.
The Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle an amazing book on understanding that all we have is this moment and nothing else no past no future just now. It has opened up my understanding of how I have been living my life so much in the past and future that I’ve forgotten to live in the now I highly recommend this book. Simple concepts that you may think you understand but we really don’t.
A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle basically a continuation of The Power of Now that gets even deeper into the understanding that our egos are not who we are and is only apart of our mechanical mind we are something truly separate from our minds/egos we are only the inner being, the stillness within us all. I’ve gained some serious mind altering understanding that has let me feel allot more relieved , free of stress and ego. Always a work in progress but the only moment you can change how you understand you surroundings and life is at this very moment. I recommend reading both of the books in succession to get the full understanding of what Eckhart Tolle has to offer.