February 2, 2010

I have been pondering this word(idea) for the past couple of days.  Cycling makes one more aware in many different areas.  Naturally, there is always the task of being aware of the road and traffic.. unless you want to have an unfortunate end to your journey.  Also, one must also be aware of other physical apsects; such as your pace, breathing, and posture.  You must be aware of the fuel you consume as well.  Granted, peddling all day allows for the consumption of much more food (this is ideal for someone like me who loves to eat!); however, eating the right foods makes a huge difference.  You become aware of what your body needs.

Aside from these tangible aspects, I have felt my emotional and internal awareness become more distinct.  It is interesting to spend great lengths of time simply with yourself.  Self awareness is one great by product of travelling, and specifically cycling tours.  Emotionally, I feel generally happier after riding all day.  Certainly this is partially chemical, a result of endorphines… but I believe it is due also to being in touch with the earth and new friends.  Talking to people is a great passtime, and the bond I feel with everyone I meet is a wonderful sensation.


4 Responses to “Awareness”

  1. Patti Blatter Says:

    Getting in touch with ourselves is probably one of the hardest things a person can do. If you can’t enjoy your own company how can you expect anyone else to. It is amazing to me just how many people can’t stand to be alone. Good luck with your travels. Life is too short not to take the time to enjoy the scenery. May God be with you.

  2. Debbie Oliver Says:

    Reading your posts doesn’t make up for the emptiness of not having you at home, but it reminds me of how gifted you are at writing, Joe. We are so very proud of you and your siblings. You have touched the lives of so many with your kindness and encouraging words. We pray that your trip continues to be safe and filled with every adventure you are dreaming of. We hope that your travel companions add to the wonder of the journey. Love you.

  3. joyce miller Says:

    I sure wish I hadn’t missed you today. John told me you stopped by on your way to St augustine Meeting you and hearing of your adventure sure added to my life. Thank you so much for coming by the bakery that day.Love, Joyce and family and Jojo and Homer

  4. kurt valle Says:

    Hi Brother,
    May each crank of the pedal bring an awareness that you are being guided by love and light. As this awareness expands and radiates from you heart, follow that as you are calm and peaceful, and let the love take you deeper into the love. As you go deeper and smile, your heart will open more and many of those frustrating moments you experienced will indeed be cleansed if you are wiling to trust the beautiful power of divine love and let it give you the best, so you continue to feel more gratitude, joy, and happiness.

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