Many riders enjoy the solitude and mental focus of riding a motorcycle and now author John Metzger expands on how meditation can help you reach motorcycling nirvana.
His book, Meditation by Motorcycle – Ride Your Carbon Footprint to the Apex of Enlightenment, is available as an 88-page eBook online through Amazon for $6.60 and will soon be available as an illustrated paperback.
John, 58, of Colorado, previously wrote Motorcycling Through Midlife which shows baby boomers how to manage the dangerous adolescent urges of “midlife crisis”.
In 2015, John quit running his marketing firm and is now helping riders on a more transcendental level.
John says he was assigned a transcendental meditation mantra at the age of 11, but soon discovered that peace and tranquility weren’t for him.
Instead, he was seduced by the horsepower and speed of motorcycles.
His new book shares his spiritual lessons learned over a lifetime of riding and makes the case that motorcycling is the best way to find elusive nirvana moments in a high-pressure world.
“We respect the ancient wisdom, but instead seek mindfulness and presence through the cosmic forces of internal combustion, adrenalin and an expanded carbon footprint,” he says.
“The motorcycle enables the perfect relationship between rhythmic movement and internal stillness, drawing out the physical life force like no other.”
John uses humour and irony to advocate the ethics of pragmatic technique, safety and courtesy versus a culture fuelled by anger, cheap thrills and perpetual adolescence.
Reading his book might just help you become a safer and better rider.
About the author
John and his wife, Catherine, live at the base of Winter Park ski area where he is a ski instructor in winter and ride the twisty, 11,000-foot (3350m) Berthoud Pass in the summer.
He rode in enduro and cross-country competitions as a youth, pit-crewed for some club road racers and last year sold his “beloved 1975 BMW R 90 S after 33 years.
“After riding for over 40 years I have never been down to one bike until now with my 2009 Suzuki V-Strom DL 1000, but a BMW S 1000 XR is planned for the next ride,” he says.
John started the Motomarathon Association in 2009 to organise long-distance sport-touring rides around the USA.
Upcoming four-day rides are in West Virginia, September 28-October 1 and the Colorado Motomarathon from September 8-11.
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