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Entries in Meditation (3)


Attitudes to Live By

"And, things aren’t all bad. There are many awe-inspiring things about life: Great music, films, dance, fiction, and other arts. There are people to love and care for and interesting things to do and learn. There are exciting challenges to be met. There are full moons on summer nights, star-filled skies, stunning waterfalls, gorgeous music, amazing athletic feats, beautiful women, handsome men, touching moments with friends, and laughing children."

Bill Harris


Climbing with the Mind

A view of Douthat Lake from Middle Mountain Trail (a pretty good climb on a Mountain Bike).

There is a frequently told story, or urban legend, about a man who dies upon being locked in a walk-in freezer, despite the fact it was unpowered and the interior was room temperature. The point is followed up with the idea that the mind ‘creates the universe’.  Unfortunately this is a myth or urban legend; however, there are a number of well-known mind-body connections that pay a role in athletics and exercise.

It is generally believed that when you are moving (or biking) uphill, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) of your brain says ‘slow-down’ or sends a message of fatigue. This is an energy-saving survival mechanism. As Dr. Hauss describes in his book, The Buddha’s Brain, the PNS is perpetually scanning for danger and we need to conserve our energy so we can run away from sabre tooth tigers on the savanna.

So when you are biking up a long, intimidating hill the message of fatigue is sent to your brain and your body experiences a false or induced sense of fatigue. This can be especially true in mountain biking on narrow single track. Around my neck of the woods, in areas such as Douthat or North Mountain, there are short sections of very steep trail that you must power into.  The net result is that a 200 watt effort will feel or seem like a 300 watt effort.

In my experience this dissipates with time. There are many hills, previously perceived impossible, that I can pedal, bottom to top, without stopping to push. Plus, you can gauge your visual-visceral response to the terrain by examining your perceived efforts. Again this is something that is improved with meditation. Unfortunately, meditation will not add very much conditioning something. You will still need to power up those hills.


Meditation (Holosync) and Personal Growth 


Buddha lives in my backyard under a red maple in a clay pot. He also lives in my heart.

In mediating, one hour each day, I am uncertain what I have learned. Only that each day we choose our responses to the emotions that we encounter. If you meet an angry circumstance, you will become angry. The choice is not the anger; that is natural. Perhaps your best effort is insulted, or belittled.  Perhaps you are cut off in traffic. It is natural to feel the anger. The practice is not to ‘get rid’ of the anger. The practice is to see how quickly you can dissipate the energy of the emotion.

For almost 2 years, Barb and I have been using a series of Bio-feedback tapes known as : Holosync. Holosync is very effective at invoking slower cycles in the brain and simplifies the type of deep introspection that promotes a happy mind. For me it is a prop or a pillow that simplifies meditation.

Yet, the process is not always blissful. All the nasty little scripts you suppress will arise. If you want to make a change in your life, it takes determination and effort. Meditaton will help you down the path.

Also, we strongly recommend you combine a mediation practice with a study of Dharma, the Mind and cogitative behavioral therapy.