|Time out from a bike ride on the Heritage Trail, Glen Haven / Cindy La Ferle|
In northern Michigan yesterday, Doug and I spent part of the day riding bikes on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, starting our trip in downtown Glen Arbor. The newly paved trail (currently 22 miles long), winds through pristine woodlands and around the sand dunes at Sleeping Bear National Park, providing some of the best views of Michigan's natural beauty along the way. It's always a highlight during our visits to this part of our state.
I don't talk much whenever we ride the trail. (Yes, this is unusual.) And I don't allow myself to think about current events, politics, personal worries, or anything else that darkens my mood or spoils my peace of mind. I focus instead on the visual feast of scenery unfolding ahead of me -- and I try to resist the temptation to photograph every wonderful thing I see.
The longer I pedal, the more centered and grounded I feel. No wonder modern mystics often refer to bike riding as "moving meditation."
Once again, I'm reminded of the healing power of nature, and how important it is to make time to appreciate our gorgeous three-dimensional world. It's all too easy to forget this -- especially if we spend our days looking at cell phones and computer screens, and seeking validation there. ~CL