Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists: Finding Balance on Two Wheels

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Ivy Press, Sep 15, 2017 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 160 pages
"Nick Moore reminds us all that however frequently we may cycle, two wheels is always a rather magical way to travel." - The Simple Things

Cycling is about more than competitive racing, lycra, and physical endurance; it’s about joy, meditative wonder and spiritual enrichment.

Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists presents a series of focused meditations on why and how cycling can be a powerful practice of mindful awareness. From the pleasure of riding down a hill, to finding the upsides of a flat, Nick Moore steers us on an enlightening journey through the true value of riding a bicycle.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION A Journey of Discovery
7
Wheels within Wheels
11
The Wind
17
The Rain it Raineth
23
On Ascending and Descending
29
Finding the Upside of Punctures
35
The Weight of the World
41
Cleaning the Bike
47
Riding Offroad
89
Shift in Focus
95
The Cyclist as Passenger and Engine
101
Mindful Preparations
107
Getting Lost
113
Riding without Technology
119
Light Enough Fast Enough
125
Riding in the Heat and the Cold
131

Adventures by Night
53
Birds and Beasts
59
Riding in Traffic
65
The Road Goes Ever On and On
71
Riding Together and Alone
77
Mental Strength and Physical Power
83
As Easy as Riding a Bike?
137
No Ride is Too Short
143
A Meditation on Suffering
149
Its Not About the Bike
155
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
160
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About the author (2017)

Nick Moore is a cyclist, writer, and cycling journalist. He was a high-mileage 'MAMIL' (middle-aged man in lycra) for over 10 years and had an epiphany when diagnosed with osteoarthritis aged 40. Since then, he has learnt to enjoy cycling for the journey rather than the destination. He pens a daily cycling blog, and this is his first book.

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