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So if the reader can get past some of the high minded philosophical ideas put forth, you'll see the the book is really about learning.
Yes, but it was the author’s quest to learn how to define “quality” that ended up being his downfall.
I probably liked more of the book than I didn’t. It was the first philosophy book I have ever read. I got a little lost in the difference between eastern and western philosophies.
Full disclosure..... I liked the book enough to buy it so sometime in the future (.... the far ahead future.....), I could read it again and understand it more.
 

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I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance about 4 years ago. Very interesting . Must have meant a lot more to you chaps over the pond as you will know the places rather than them just being a name as they are for me.
I'm originally from Minneapolis MN, where the author started his journey from. I Also made similar trips across South Dakota, Wyoming, & Montana in my youth. Although in my case I traveled in an old Ford pickup rather than a motorbike.

Fond memories indeed
 

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I would LOVE to do a similar trip on a motorcycle. I've only been into that area of the country once, for the solar eclipse a few years back, and we had the car break down in Nebraska...

W.r.t. "Zen", I kinda lost steam about 2/3 of the way through (but I do that often, esp. with recreational reading).
 

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pausing reading is like resting during work allowing mind/body to absorb and convert ideas/actions into existing mind/body structures.. activity, rest, activity, rest is natural life process or sequence..
working body or mind is natural and good, beneficial,, until overload...
'overload' varies for individuals and day to day.. everyone needs rest,, recovery..
a belief system protects mind from 'worrying' about how to think, understand reality,, thus people tend to become members of this or that group-think [politics, religion etc]..
yet individuals and groups also break out of entrenched belief systems, attitudes, understandings..
the idea "then it just dawned on me[!]" could be realizations about religion or politics or whatever,, even about adjusting a motorcycle chain - which influences other things..


anyway,, its also good to look back on things, now and then, even reread something,, as part of that same process of development and understanding.. or healing..
 

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pausing reading is like resting during work allowing mind/body to absorb and convert ideas/actions into existing mind/body structures.. activity, rest, activity, rest is natural life process or sequence..
working body or mind is natural and good, beneficial,, until overload...
'overload' varies for individuals and day to day.. everyone needs rest,, recovery..
a belief system protects mind from 'worrying' about how to think, understand reality,, thus people tend to become members of this or that group-think [politics, religion etc]..
yet individuals and groups also break out of entrenched belief systems, attitudes, understandings..
the idea "then it just dawned on me[!]" could be realizations about religion or politics or whatever,, even about adjusting a motorcycle chain - which influences other things..


anyway,, its also good to look back on things, now and then, even reread something,, as part of that same process of development and understanding.. or healing..
This might be the first shisoshin post that I really "get".

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Hi Mike
'JNO' a.k.a. Steve here. I was a CBR300R owner and forum member a couple of years ago but abandoned ship when I had to give up bikes.


I don't know why I dropped by today, but I was shocked to read about your misfortune. That really, REALLY sucks.


I hope you're coping OK with the treatments and keeping your chin up. It sounds like your other half will take good care of you and your physicians are on the ball. I'm sure you will get through this, but I'll send you some good vibes and best wishes anyway!



Obviously it is absolutely imperative that you protect yourself during this current crisis. You know that already, but I wanted to say it because it really is important.


Well, I'll drop by from time to time, to check on you.


Cheers
Steve
 

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Hi Mike
'JNO' a.k.a. Steve here. I was a CBR300R owner and forum member a couple of years ago but abandoned ship when I had to give up bikes.

I don't know why I dropped by today, but I was shocked to read about your misfortune. That really, REALLY sucks.

I hope you're coping OK with the treatments and keeping your chin up. It sounds like your other half will take good care of you and your physicians are on the ball. I'm sure you will get through this, but I'll send you some good vibes and best wishes anyway!

Obviously it is absolutely imperative that you protect yourself during this current crisis. You know that already, but I wanted to say it because it really is important.

Well, I'll drop by from time to time, to check on you.

Cheers
Steve
Great to hear from you Steve. You were one of the originals on this site from what I remember and had the most gleaming bike of all of us. :D
I sold my CBR a couple of years back but old habits die hard and I still tune in here most days. Hope your as well as you could hope for mate.
 

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Hi Al. Good to hear from you, too. I remember you sold your featherlight CeeBee to buy a Kwaka 400?



Yup, I'm still above ground and (mostly) vertical, so that's good!


Currently under house arrest, like most people. Still shooting, and still mostly motorsports. See 'Spencerphoto' on Farcebook for recent snaps. Obviously, I'm not shooting much while cooped up.


Hoping Mike will chip in with an update soon.



Cheers!
 

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Hi Al. Good to hear from you, too. I remember you sold your featherlight CeeBee to buy a Kwaka 400?



Yup, I'm still above ground and (mostly) vertical, so that's good!


Currently under house arrest, like most people. Still shooting, and still mostly motorsports. See 'Spencerphoto' on Farcebook for recent snaps. Obviously, I'm not shooting much while cooped up.


Hoping Mike will chip in with an update soon.



Cheers!
Yep, I've had the Ninja 400 two years this month and have clocked up 14,000kms, all trouble free and enjoyable. Have taken it to the track three times now. It gives the old 400 fours from the late eighties a fright!

I had a peek at your Fb page. Good stuff chap, some neat shots there. It would appear Brisbane has a thriving and diverse Motorsport scene?
I was supposed to be doing a race school at Morgan Park in May but it's been postponed. Ever done any shooting there? Any thoughts on the track?

Feel free to answer in a new thread (title?) as I think we may have hijacked Mikes thread enough for now. :laugh:
 

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Will PM you.
 

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Hi Mike
'JNO' a.k.a. Steve here. I was a CBR300R owner and forum member a couple of years ago but abandoned ship when I had to give up bikes.


I don't know why I dropped by today, but I was shocked to read about your misfortune. That really, REALLY sucks.


I hope you're coping OK with the treatments and keeping your chin up. It sounds like your other half will take good care of you and your physicians are on the ball. I'm sure you will get through this, but I'll send you some good vibes and best wishes anyway!



Obviously it is absolutely imperative that you protect yourself during this current crisis. You know that already, but I wanted to say it because it really is important.


Well, I'll drop by from time to time, to check on you.


Cheers
Steve
Hi Steve,

Good to hear from you. I'm doing pretty well. Like everyone else laying low at home during the pandemic. I fear it's only going to get worse here in the US, especially in the densely populated urban centers. I'm pretty fortunate in that I live up in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, and away from others... social distancing is not difficult up here.

So I've been resting a lot. My short term memory isn't what it was, and at times I have difficulty remembering how to correctly spell words (this post is largely a product of spellcheck)... pretty frustrating. I plan on working with a speech therapist here, but there are only 2 here, and they are not taking any new patients with the COVID-19 virus.

Next week I start an oncology protocol to prevent new blood born melanoma tumors from forming. It will be several pills daily... thankfully no chemo.

That's about it for now. Oh, and thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate the support from everyone here!!!!


Best wishes,

Mike
 

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Good to hear your mostly doing OK Mike apart from the two side effects you mentioned.
Your in an ideal location for what you need to be doing. Last thing you would be wanting right now is a virus. What sort of things are you doing to keep yourself amused?

I think we have got off lighter down here in NZ due to a sparsley populated country with most people living in their own free standing house, so easier to self-distance. Plus the Govt told us to stay home 10 days ago when we only had about 100 cases.

Take care.
 

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Good to hear your mostly doing OK Mike apart from the two side effects you mentioned.
Your in an ideal location for what you need to be doing. Last thing you would be wanting right now is a virus. What sort of things are you doing to keep yourself amused?

I think we have got off lighter down here in NZ due to a sparsley populated country with most people living in their own free standing house, so easier to self-distance. Plus the Govt told us to stay home 10 days ago when we only had about 100 cases.

Take care.
Hey Al,

Well, I've been watching various stuff on youtube... historical doc's; replays of Formula 1 races; YETI Presents (a series of short films in the outdoor adventure genre); Nat Geo docs, that kind of stuff.

I've been staying away from the forum a little more as well, as my brain isn't always in the right place to respond appropriately. I think that is due to the anti-swelling drug I'm taking... it can be a "Dr. Jeckal, Mr. Hyde" reaction.

Take care,

Mike
 

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...I've been staying away from the forum a little more as well, as my brain isn't always in the right place to respond appropriately. I think that is due to the anti-swelling drug I'm taking... it can be a "Dr. Jeckal, Mr. Hyde" reaction.


Mike
Ha ha, we are all guilty of that from time to time even with out the drugs.
I've had a few outbursts/vents on the Ninja400 forum when I've come home from a long day tired and stressed and some (perceived) idiot has posted something that yanked my chain lol.
 

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Hi Steve,

Good to hear from you. I'm doing pretty well. Like everyone else laying low at home during the pandemic. I fear it's only going to get worse here in the US, especially in the densely populated urban centers. I'm pretty fortunate in that I live up in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, and away from others... social distancing is not difficult up here.

So I've been resting a lot. My short term memory isn't what it was, and at times I have difficulty remembering how to correctly spell words (this post is largely a product of spellcheck)... pretty frustrating. I plan on working with a speech therapist here, but there are only 2 here, and they are not taking any new patients with the COVID-19 virus.

Next week I start an oncology protocol to prevent new blood born melanoma tumors from forming. It will be several pills daily... thankfully no chemo.

That's about it for now. Oh, and thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate the support from everyone here!!!!


Best wishes,

Mike

Good to hear from you Mike.



Is the required medical support nearby? It sounds like you're a little remote but, as Al said, that's a good thing in the middle of a pandemic. I'm guessing that you routinely 'prep' for severe weather, living where you do, so you haven't been unduly affected by shortages? Self-sufficiency and a 'bunker mentality' tend to run strong in areas like that. We see it here, too, in our remote towns and communities. I reckon, when the real Zombie Apocalypse arrives, the survivors will all live in the mountains of Colorado ... :)
 

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mate, anything and everything you do, even checking spellcheck, observing how your brain responds variously, everything is feedback to your brain,, as it responds - as it will and has already - to its trauma..
today it is known that there is brain plasticity, which is fairly new understanding,, before which it was thought the brain was incapable of healing type responses - this is good.. its not a miracle good, but still good, to know and to use in your own therapy, which is virtually ongoing after brain trauma..
ive mentioned my use of cannabis cbd's as part of my cure of temporal lobe grand mal epilepsy, due to scarring in the brain [bike smash], but beyond meds, i now and for some time have not [even] experienced the strong 'headaches' that came with it.. and fit free these 30yrs.. from my own research it seems the scarring has been healed or brain has created alternate pathways around the scarring, which was only slight..
this is good news, regardless.. plenty of ordinary folk use spellcheck, and other aids to memory etc, etc..
so even if you cant dance out and jump on your sno-mobile or tractor, etc, you can still feed brain with info about things you already know and have experienced.. during recovery phases after gm seizures i would visualise doing my karate kata [like a technical martial arts dance, where everything has meanings],,
and, visualise riding my motorcycle,, changing gears, moving slightly across the seat, etc etc.. also including watching motogp [i still download the torrents, thus have a video library to use], where i would sort of imagine being rossi braking etc, with onboard cameras showing his masterful two or one finger braking, i would also move my fingers etc, thus making the enjoyable racing videos a real therapeutic tool..

youre an intelligent man, with life experiences, and a good medical team, so use your common sense and do what seems right - in your current situation/circumstances.. my experiences are only hints..
the or a thing is to observe your reactions/responses, allowing the 'inner you' to quietly observe everything happening around you, thus feeding brain information to process and think about,, thereby helping it create new neuronal pathways, which it can and will do or attempt to do, which is the main thing..
of course be aware of your specialist and other support peoples' views and advices..
 

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Not sure what to say, other than I certainly wish you the very best.

I haven't been here in quite a while, being winter in Canada and all. so quite a surprise.

Again, I'm not very good at this type of thing, but I wish you the best. And also wish well for your family as well.
 
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