If a person sitting motionless with their eyes closed, cross legged on a meditation cushion chanting “Om” is the image you associate with the word “Zen,” now is the perfect time to restructure that vision to include a person wearing full motocross protective gear, covered in dirt, the sound of a dirt bike throttle wide open ripping it up on the track and catching some sick air.
For those of you who believe there is no place for Zen in the motocross world, your feelings are valid and respected however, this means the time has arrived to define the word “Zen.” Easy enough, right? Upon doing a Google search, I discovered that no matter how many ways Zen is described, it is one of those rare words that has no concrete one size fits all translation. In fact, it is said that the meaning of Zen must be interpreted individually because it is not a simple answer to a question. Zen must be comprehended, not explained. It is difficult to comprehend Zen because some people make the meaning out to be much more difficult to understand than the true simplicity of the belief.
Perhaps we should just stick with defining Zen as it applies to Motocross. What is the connection between Zen and Motocross, you ask? A whole heck of a lot more than you or even I would think and as an energy healer with a devotion to my meditation practice, I’m all about the Zen!
According to Urban Dictionary,
“One way to think of Zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.”
I may be new to the motocross racing world, but I am not new to the world of riding dirt bikes nor am I new to the realm of competitive sports. Beginning at a young age, I was dedicated to my disciplined training in hopes of achieving my goal of becoming an olympic gymnast until an injury threw my path off course when I transferred my energy to team sports, playing volleyball, basketball and soccer at a varsity level. A component that is crucial to optimal achievement in motocross and any other sport or even any action rather, is focus. In the measly hours I have spent at the track, I have heard trainers, parents, pro riders and youth champions alike describe a key element of riding is to “become one with the bike” and that despite how it may appear, motocross is a “mental game.” There’s no doubt that part of motocross involves physical ability but without the right state of mind, the body is less capable to utilize its skills effectively. Perceiving things in absence of thought created distortion seems virtually impossible but I align with the idea of letting go of illusion and I imagine that it is to the racer’s advantage to view things as clearly and objectively as possible.
Zen = Contemplation
Contemplation is defined simply as the act of looking carefully at something.
The opportunities for contemplation in the world of motocross are endless and every rider engages in this practice whether they refer to it using this language or not. Each rider’s capacity to observe details is directly related to their success on and off the track. Whether it be inspecting their bike, surveying the track, discovering the perfect line, closing in on that holeshot, recognizing a competitor’s body language before they actually make the move, learning from mistakes and fine tuning performance, there’s much to be said about attention to detail.
Zen = Enlightenment
Enlightenment is described as the state of having knowledge or understanding as well as the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding.
It’s virtually impossible to ride a dirt bike without some level of understanding and knowledge, or at least it’s not wise. Even if the intelligence is minimal, to acknowledge its existence is all that’s necessary. With a curiosity and willingness to expand the education and deepen the awareness, the ability will continue to develop with practice. Exchanging information with each other is one of the greatest gifts we have to give flowing both ways between parents, children, coaches, teammates, competitors and sponsors.
Zen = Impermanence
Impermanence is translated as the state of not lasting forever or not permanent.
We’re often told the only thing we can depend on in life is change. The same applies to motocross. One of the objectives is continued improvement in performance, growth, evolution, and change. This state of impermanence relates to the bikes that kids grow out of, the class they age out of, the parts that get broken and replaced, the wounds that heal, the race that finishes and the season that ends. In a world that is ever changing, it makes sense that the moto world continues to evolve and expand as well as its inhabitants.
If you eat, sleep and breath motocross and you don’t think zen is hardcore enough to belong in the same category, perhaps this has helped expand your consciousness to recognize that they are more than just parallel universes but worlds that have more in common than meets the eye and are merging together as one.
This world is called Mx Zen.
Motocross is a lifestyle. Zen is a practice. Mx Zen is a lifestyle practice.
There’s moto place like Zen…there’s moto place like Zen…there’s moto place like Zen…
Peace, Love and Light,
Jennifer Rose Esposito
Peace of Paradise Visionary Founder
Energy Healer, Holistic Health Counselor, Intuitive Writer & Speaker
Silver Linings Storybook Co-Author
Creator of Featholution – Empowerment by Adornment
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.