Laughter & Mindfulness on Wheels

What’s inside a helmet? Not only a head, but lots of ideas, dreams, emotions and feelings

Extra Mile: Royal Enfield

If there’s a song which has accompanied me during long haul trips, this is it. A riding hymn for me, even though is not related to motorbikes at all

A helmet is a very safe place, not only it protects our heads but it also provides the right amount of intimacy we all need to be left alone with our daydreaming, even when we’re in the middle of a crowd.

I’ve rarely talked to fellow riders about this, but some have told me they talk out loud, they make funny noises and many of us even sing! I think I have already sung Manowar tunes a million times while riding.

But above all the weird things we would not normally tell, there’s something which few things in life can make me feel, and that’s laughter and an immense sense of joy.

I can remember when I was riding to Switzerland and I suddenly burst in a noisy laughter, as if I was on top of the world living the adventure of a lifetime. And I actually was!

Or when I was so tired I could hardly get hold of the handlebars and I saw the storm coming to me -or me going to it- and I when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I learnt I was going to get wet… and I also started laughing like a baby.

You’re alone on the motorcycle, you’re overwhelmed by the sensations and the engine noise, the wind hits you hard on your face, and you pull the visor down and get your own private shelter.

It’s all a matter of perspective really, motorcycles can be threatening and intimidating, but once you overcome that, everything’s on wheel really.

When you’re relaxed, the sensation is amazing and it is a great mindfulness experience.

I have composed some rock songs or found the answer to some troubles while riding when the context is the right one.

Mindfulness instructions on a Motorcycle

  1. Find a solitary and beautiful road
  2. Ride slowly, like dancing over the twisties
  3. Breathe deeply and concentrate only on the road
  4. Deal with all road and traffic issues without judgement
  5. Laugh out loud

See you on the road!

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2 thoughts on “Laughter & Mindfulness on Wheels

  1. Absolutely wonderful advice. I have never been on one, and at age 66 the likelihood is that I will not in this life, but I do love to see them come racing by me and think what freedom!

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    • Well Isaiah, I do not intend to convince anyone about starting riding, especially if at 66 you haven’t done it before, but you can always be a pillion with an experience rider and so you can live it for yourself!
      I pretty much get the flow riding, but I’m sure you’ll find it doing other activities and that’s just fine, do whatever you enjoy so you live a happy life!
      Thanx for your comment

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