Meditation and Cycling

It’s no surprise that top athletes include meditation in their training ritual.  This is not just something that Buddhist monks do in the mountains of Tibet, the value of meditation can help everyone….and we guarantee that it will help make you a better cyclist.

Darryl has a whole bunch of questions about this subject, and Victor just happens to know a great deal about meditation.  As always, the Guru shares his wisdom and helps create a podcast with beneficial information to all cyclists.

In this podcast:

  • The definition of meditation
  • How and where to do meditation
  • Information on how to get started with meditation
  • Mindful meditation and other forms of meditation
  • Solutions to common meditation issues
  • How meditation will improve your cycling and your life
  • Simple tips and techniques to make the most of your meditation

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  1. Bob Burpee says

    I loved this podcast! I have been meditating for about 12 years now. Thich Nhat Hanh (the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Victor refers to) has been the major influence on my “spiritual” life. Another book of his “The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation” is an excellent book. In my meditation practice I use a “focus on the breath” technique. I’ll use the following mantra (from Thich Nhat Hanh) to start.

    Breathing in, I calm my body. (in-breath)
    Breathing out, I smile. (exhale)
    Dwelling in the present moment (in-breath)
    I know this is a wonderful moment (exhale)

    I’ll repeat this until I find myself not needing to (not sure that makes much sense but my mind becomes quiet). Like Victor I focus on the feel of the air moving in and out my nose. I do sit cross-legged (not lotus position) with an upright posture. I have a meditation pillow that I sit my butt on that makes for a very comfortable position for me. I place my hands in my lap, palm up (again that’s comfortable for me). I find it easiest to meditate first thing in the morning but do occasionally meditate at night right before bed if my mind is restless.

    Pema Chodron (Buddhist nun) has also been influential and has a number of excellent books. She speaks of thoughts as having a “sticky” quality (I don’t remember the Buddhist word for it). When a thought pops into my head I release it (not dwelling on it) and return to my breathing. Of course some thoughts are easier then others to release.


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