My se­cret to mind­ful­ness

NZ Lifestyle Block - - From The Editors - Nadene Hall, Ed­i­tor

For my birth­day this year, my sis­ter-in-law bought me a beau­ti­ful colour­ing-in book, the ones that are sup­posed to help you be mind­ful. It’s a very af­ford­able way to be mind­ful: I’m not sure how much the book of gor­geous an­i­mals was, but the pen­cils were a mere $6.

I picked one of the 14 shades of green from my new pen­cil case and started colour­ing. Over the lines. I gripped book and pen­cil and con­cen­trated harder. Still over the lines. Then the pen­cil end snapped off be­cause I was press­ing so hard. A 15-minute search for the sharp­ener ended in me call­ing it names. Yes, I could have gone with one of the 13 other greens, but that would have ru­ined the look. It was in­tensely an­noy­ing. Also, tense.

The truth is, I’ve dis­cov­ered the only thing that brings me the kind of mind­ful­ness ev­ery­one seems to be striv­ing for is when I’m tak­ing part in my new hobby: rid­ing a mo­tor­bike. I find great joy in lean­ing hard around cor­ners through all the back roads I usu­ally avoid in my car.

Own­ing a mo­tor­bike is def­i­nitely far more costly than colour­ing. It seems to be one of those things that is ei­ther ex­pen­sive or re­ally, re­ally ex­pen­sive. One bonus: mo­tor­bike rid­ing is about as in­ju­ri­ous as horse-rid­ing but it doesn’t cost as much to gain those in­juries, and I don’t need to run out in the rain to feed it hay or fix its cover.

What it does so ef­fec­tively is re­move ev­ery other thought from my head. All that’s left is sin­gle-minded con­cen­tra­tion on the 12 sec­onds of road ahead of me and all the pos­si­ble ob­sta­cles it would be most af­ford­able to avoid.

If it’s a mild day in June, it’s blood-chill­ingly cold on a mo­tor­bike. I’ve had to in­vest in my first bal­a­clava – not some­thing I thought I’d ever say – and I’d re­ally like the bat­tery-pow­ered heated gloves I’ve just spot­ted on­line, but at $499 that won’t be hap­pen­ing. My bud­get-con­scious heart can only think of how many bales of hay that is and how I’m sure a wool-lin­ing will do the trick.

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