Being able to think has great advantages as it helps us function and live our lives. But it's not always an un-mitigating blessing. Our thoughts can trap us if we're not careful. If you find yourself thinking too much about the past you can wind up feeling regretful, sad and guilty.
A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.
It is unfortunate that we are developing a culture of "self" gratification, be it fame, money or status etc. An unhealthy obsession with oneself leads to insecurity and anxiety, destroying contentment and happiness regardless of the material goods one possesses.
If you have the strength to let go of your plans, if you have the courage to abandon your preconceived notions and the wisdom to admit sometimes you are wrong, you can start to trust that fate will push you in the right direction. It invariably does.
But the biggest lessons I learned were not just the merely mechanical knowledge and physical skills of long distance bike touring. Drifting around the snowy peaks of Himachel Pradesh and the dusty plains of Rajasthan gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own journey through life.
It's not about what you say but how you say it that creates the affect words have. So the next time you're faced with a situation that seems impossible at the time, remember that it's not about "trying," but about giving it all of your "try."
It is all too easy to let your true ambitions, your dreams and consequently yourself, be consumed by the expectations of others, by life's pressures and by fear of failure. This however; is no excuse to surrender. I often say that mistakes are things I did and regrets are things I didn't do.
Every now and then, a bit of slang comes along that draws a line between young and old, in 2012, that slang term was "YOLO". For those of you who don't know; the term YOLO was popularised by US rapper Drake and it stands for "You Only Live Once".
The most incredible, life changing stuff I have taken from my 'spiritual path' has been the down right sensible, the obvious, the 'tips for life' that take more from a therapeutic, humanistic approach than they do a magical or paranormal one.