I had bike religion before I found my own personal faith. Cycling was my passion. A friend called it obsession. A fine line, yes?
I see now how my love of nature and being outside, riding open roads, passing the miles with views of pastures, breathing in the seasons was a form of worship. The discipline to train, get better on hills, speed drills, endurance, breathing, core, recovery, nutrition… Always something to improve with a learning mind.
The same is true for spiritual disciplines and having a learning mind for faith. Both are positive. Focused on the “Up.” The Movement forward.
The “Up, up” of the clipped-in pedal stroke I’d so often say to myself.
The “LOOKING UP” to a higher power. Our inner self-talk matters in all aspects of the mind.
In cycling, you don’t pedal backwards. Spinning back on a road bike gets you nowhere; there is ONLY momentum forward, or you will fall.
In faith, we learn to focus on the “new things,” not the old. Not the miles behind, but what’s ahead.
A learning mind to believe in the basic principles of faith takes discipline.
• Daily habits.
• Daily good self-talk.
• Daily positive thoughts on going forward.
Up, up! Keep looking UP! Rise UP!