My Dad and I added another four hundred miles added to the odometers during our BMW club’s 20th annual Euro Riders Rally this weekend in Burkesville, Kentucky.
The Bluegrass State is sometimes referred to as “God’s Country” and it’s absolutely fitting. Mile after mile of green-lined, curvy country roads and buttery smooth pavement brought many a smile to both our faces. We also made some great friends with our fellow two-wheeled freedom-seekers from around the globe who regaled us with astonishing travel tales and hard-won insights, alike.
For me, motorcycling is more than just a hobby. It’s a spiritual practice. I sometimes like to think of it as ‘mindfulness in motion’. Out there on the road, the mind clears and opens wide. Every single turn demands that you stay present and fully aware of just this moment, and this, and this. But then in the open stretches, as the vistas expand out before you, the imagination widens and all sorts of insights begin unfurl their wings. There’s nothing in the world quite like it.
What’s that thing for you? That activity that liberates your heart and brings you back to center? Have you done it lately or has it been getting pushed aside due to the demands of all the many urgent-not-important things? I encourage you to make it a priority and carve out some time this week to fill your tank.
READ: Erich Fromm was another freedom lover. In his 1941 book, Escape from Freedom, he considers the two faces of freedom: what he calls ‘positive freedom’ that results in a more full expression of self and ‘negative freedom’ that drives us to retreat into superstition and tyranny. A choice quote on the antidote:
“There is only one possible, productive solution for the relationship of individualized man with the world: his active solidarity with all men and his spontaneous activity, love and work, which unite him again with the world, not by primary ties but as a free and independent individual.”
WATCH: This is NOT how I ride, but a fellow rally-goer from Canada showed me this video and my jaw dropped. This guy is completely insane, but he’s also a total master of his machine.
LISTEN: I don’t generally listen to music when I’m riding, preferring audiobooks or podcasts if I’m listening to anything at all, but Sigur Ros’ record, Takk, just seemed to perfectly fit the bill during some of those stretches of Kentucky backcountry.
Make this week magnificent!