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Motorcycles and happiness

motorcycle camping backroads
Riding down forest roads on the bike to a camping location can be bring about a tranquil state of mind.

Fascination and excitement seem to go hand-in-hand with riding motorcycles.

Whether you are riding down an open,winding road with the breeze blowing in your face or watching as one whizzes past in a rush of fury, you can’t help but feel intrigued at the excitement a motorcycle offers.

A nice ride can improve my state of mind, put a smile on my face and make me happy.

Here are some of the reasons to ride a motorcycle.

The savings on gasoline is tremendous

Money is hard to come by, and we all love to save as much as we can on anything we can find to save on. Motorcycles are known to get excellent gas mileage and can save you hundreds of dollars every month. The money you put back in your pocket can be used for anything you wish like a new leather jacket or taking your girl on a ride to the beach.

Easy parking and maneuvering make life more pleasant

Parking can be a nightmare at times, especially if you work in a big city like New York. Motorcycles are much smaller than cars, and they can be maneuvered into some pretty tight spots. They are also great to get you to work on time because they can be easily driven through a major morning traffic jam in places where lane splitting is acceptable.

Helping the environment helps our kids have a better world

Motorcycles tend to be more healthy for the environment than an automobile. They emit less fumes and smog into the air because of the size of the engine. With big trucks and automobiles on the road, our environment needs all the help it can get.

Enjoy the world from outside instead of in

Riding a motorcycle can be a great way of seeing the world, and nature has a lot to offer if we just take the time to enjoy it. You can also carry all your motorcycle camping gear to the site. (Camping brings me immense joy.)

Cruising along on your motorcycle allows you to see and smell many things that you would miss while driving your automobile. For example, riding a motorcycle through the mountain air can give you a refreshing and invigorating feeling that you can’t get by simply driving your car.

Everyone wants to be you, and you know it

When you pass by on your motorcycle, people stop and take notice. You are the cool guy riding a dangerous bike, and they are wishing they only had the guts to be you. Your popularity will increase when you ride a bike, and you will notice more and more people wanting to talk to you and get to know you.

Ride for nothing but the thrill

One of the all time top reasons to ride a motorcycle is simply for the thrill of it. You are out on the road, the wind in your face and nothing between you and the asphalt but your motorcycle gear. Motorcycles give a thrill and freedom that can’t be found while closed up in an automobile, and the excitement can give you the feeling of being young, vibrant and alive again.

Working on the bike

Being in the garage and working on a motorcycle is therapeutic for me. Whether it is chain lubrication, changing a tire, or rebuilding an engine — time spent wrenching can clear my mind.

To sum it all up

There are many reasons to ride a motorcycle, but these are at the top of the list. Make certain, however, that you learn everything you need to know about riding a motorcycle before you decide to take on one of these bad boys. The motorcycle can bring freedom and adventure like you have never had before, but if you don’t use your head wisely, you may lose it.

Photo by nathan williams, CC-BY

6 Tips for Gaining Peace of Mind During Tough Times

Photo by nathan williams, CC-BY
Photo by nathan williams, CC-BY

Tip #1: Let Go of What You Cannot Change

During tough times you already have too much to deal with to fret over things that you can’t control or change. When you are faced with an unchangeable situation take a deep breath, accept what is happening, and move forward. Challenges will pass. Storms blow over. Rude strangers don’t hang around for long. Just breathe deeply and let it go.

Tip #2: Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being fully entrenched in the moment. No matter where you are focus all of your attention on that specific moment in time. Feel your feet in your shoes, smell the air around you, pay attention to the scene in front of you. Choose to focus on your own moment, your breathing, your heart beat. If you’re eating, pay full attention to the food in your mouth, the texture, the taste, the smell, the temperature, and just take time to be there, in that moment.

Piece of mind can come from simply focusing on the now instead of allowing our minds to run wild with the unknowns of the future.

Tip #2: Live One Day at A Time

Not one human on this earth has the power to live out a day before it arrives. All you can do is live today, right now, in this moment. Don’t try to solve all of tomorrow’s possible problems before the arrive because you don’t know what problems will or will not come, and you will only waste energy trying to live two days at once. It’s impossible. If you find yourself trying to live two days at once, distract yourself. Choose a healthier activity.

Tip #3: Be Good To You

Take time to be nice to yourself. No matter how hard the challenge, or the times of trouble you can gain great piece of mind by doing things that bring you happiness, peace, and joy. Take a spa day, go for a walk in the park, have a soda with a friend, read a good book, find something positive to do every single day.

Tip #4: Talk to Someone

Find a friend, a therapist, a religious leader, a neighbor, or someone who is not living inside the same challenge you are experiencing and talk. Get it all out. Let someone in and let yourself just get it all out. Your friend doesn’t need to fix it, they just need to listen. Say it all. You will find that just naming the things that are bringing you sorrow and pain can help you deal with them a little better.

Tip #5: Keep a Wonder Journal

Every day take a moment and focus on one small aspect of your day. Take time to really explore it. It can be grass growing in your yard, cars whizzing by on the street, buses full of strangers who for a moment are connected through the rocking motions of travel. You don’t have to be a great writer, just jot things down as you see them. Nobody needs to read it. This is a gift to yourself to remind you that even in the darkest hour, there are still wonders all around you.

Tip #6: Forgive

Forgiveness is freedom. Holding on to your own mistakes, and holding on to the mistakes of others can be as deadly as poison in your veins. Forgiveness is the antidote, but it is a process that is not easy.

Actively take time every day to focus on forgiving yourself, and forgiving others.


Six Tips for Avoiding Mind Clutter

rebootMind clutter is chaos to me. I stress out and almost freak. Here are six ways for avoiding mind clutter, which hopefully help me (and you, the reader, too.)

1. Tidy up your physical environment. A messy home or work environment can make it harder to concentrate, cause anxiety and create excessive stimuli for your brain.
Get in the habit of spending 10 or 15 minutes each day clearing the physical clutter from your home or work environment. You may find it helps you focus and feel less anxious.

2. Create routines for your week. Eliminate mind clutter by reducing the amount of decisions you have to make. For example, decide that every Tuesday, you’re going to have macaroni and cheese for dinner, every Saturday morning is laundry day, and every Monday you’re going to wear a certain type of sweater. The less you have to think about, the more you can focus your mind on more complex or important decisions.

3. Meditate. Meditation lets you clear your mind and focus only on your breath. Over time, a regular meditation practice, even for just five minutes a day, can help you learn to live in and enjoy the present moment. Meditation has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and provide additional health benefits.

Get in the habit of meditating for even five minutes a day. When distracting thoughts enter your mind, don’t worry about them or try to fight them. Just let them pass and keep focusing on your breath.

4. Keep a journal. Writing things down provides an outlet for overwhelming thoughts. Whether you are preoccupied by difficult or unsettling emotions, or you simply have too much to do, writing all of it down is a great way to clear your mind.

Writing can be a cathartic exercise that provides an outlet for your thoughts so that you can feel freer to focus on priority tasks.

Additionally, you may find that writing helps you get a clear picture of all that you have to do. That way, you can start creating a game plan of what issues you need to focus on first and what can be addressed another day.

When you write everything down, you may even find that everything seems less overwhelming than it did when you were preoccupied with mind clutter.

5. Play. When you have too much on your mind, sometimes the best thing is to get away for a while or do something frivolous. Go for a walk with a loved one, spend time with a child, have a picnic in the park, or hit the gym. Taking the time for recreational activities can be a great way to hit the reset button so you have more energy and excitement about the things you need to get done.

6. Set a timer for worrying. When you have too much on your mind, sometimes none of the above techniques will work. In those cases, give yourself permission to focus intensely on whatever is on your mind – but only for a short time.

Each day, set aside 10 or 15 minutes dedicated solely to worrying. During this time, think only about what’s bothering you. Think about every aspect of the issue, worst-case scenarios, optimal outcomes and ways to solve the problem. Then, when your time is up, put whatever is bothering you out of your mind.

If you find yourself getting overwhelmed at times other than your designated “worry time,” remind yourself that now is not the time to think about these issues: You’ll focus on them during the designated time. You could even set a timer on your phone so you know when your worry time is up.