Out cycling yesterday with my lovely 8 year old nephew I realised how much concentration and focus he was putting into it.
For him getting up a steep hill was a real challenge. He had to keep his mind fully focussed in order to sort his gears out and keep his balance.
As you get more experienced with cycling you do it on automatic pilot. Gear changes become second nature and you can wiz along without much thought at all.
This is great on the one hand because it means that you can simply enjoy the ride.
The flip side is that your mind is likely to wander and you will probably start worrying about other things that really shouldn’t be taking over your mind when you are out to relax!
I use a simple exercise when I am out on my bike that I also use when I am meditating.
Each time I notice my mind has wandered I label it. So the label is either ‘thought’ or ‘feeling’ and then I bring my attention back to the motion of cycling and what I can see in front of me.
It doesn’t matter how many times you have to do this. Each time you do be pleased that you have noticed and simply label and then bring your attention back.
In many ways the more times your mind wanders the better because each time it happens and you bring your attention back you are working your core concentration muscles. Do it often and your focus and concentration will grow! Perfect.
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how you could be more mindful in everyday life. You really will start to appreciate the difference.