Why Bike Rides Are Good for the Soul

Why Bike Rides are Good for the Soul

In January 2012, I had the intense desire to find a spiritual family. But where to look? I considered the New Thought church that I had attended years ago, but something told me that a “better” place was out there for me, one more suited to my spiritual path, and that this new place was actually waiting for me to show up.

I searched the internet for a New Thought church close to me, but to no avail. I searched for weeks. Nothing. Then one day that summer, my husband and I went for a bike ride. We rode our usual trail route that follows alongside a creek, but after about four miles, we decided to venture off the trail and headed into historic Olde Town in Arvada, Colorado. We rode around a corner and stopped, beautiful xeriscape gardens grabbing our attention. I wished my front yard looked half that good. The modest stucco building sitting behind the gardens wasn’t all that shabby looking either, its front door inlaid with beveled glass. A sign out front read: Unity Living Water Spiritual Community.

Once home, I couldn’t wait to look up Unity. Wow! I thought, I need to go there and see what it’s all about. And I did, but the “I’m kind of scared” crept in, so I sat in the back row in case I wanted to make a mad dash for the door. I stayed for the entire service, and a few weeks later, I attended their Introduction to Unity class.

Even though I wasn’t new to New Thought, I hadn’t heard of Unity founders Myrtle Fillmore and Charles Fillmore. I was fascinated by the story of Myrtle’s healing from tuberculosis. The idea of divine, spiritual healing, through affirmations, belief, and feeling, deeply resonated with me, much like the words of Jesus: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do” (John 14:12 KJV).

Because of the teachings, I wanted to delve more into the concept of healing energy. I completed Reiki Level I, but other than self-treatments, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this energy. So I put a request out to the Universe to help me figure out how to proceed, for my highest good as well as for the highest good of all.

On another bike ride later that year, my husband and I passed a horse property. The sign out front read: The Horse Protection League. When I got home, I looked it up on the internet and discovered that the organization was a nonprofit horse rescue. The website mentioned that the place needed volunteers. I attended their orientation class, and soon after, I was mucking pens and stalls (cleaning up horse poo), exercising and grooming the horses, and simply loving on them—and do they ever love back!

In May 2015, Eden Koljord, student of Kathleen Prasad (founder of Animal Reiki Source and president of Shelter Animal Reiki Association), was teaching an equine Reiki class at the horse rescue. I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I’m now part of a group of more than 30 awesome women who get together on the first Sunday of the month to offer Reiki to the horses.

My experience is proof that when you ask, you receive. In 2012, I’d put out a request to the Universe for a spiritual family, which was answered in seeing the sign for Unity Living Water Spiritual Community. After finding Unity, I’d put out a request for a way to honor the teachings of Unity and the teachings of Jesus. I’m convinced that’s why I saw the sign for the Horse Protection League and was able to become an equine Reiki practitioner.

I can hardly believe the journey that I’ve been on in the past four years, and I humbly give thanks to both Unity and to the Universe—all because of setting the intention, and being on that bike, out in nature. Bike rides really are good for the soul!

Author Biography: 

C.C. Holmes

C.C. Holmes is the author of the young adult novel A Gift Like Zoe’s (LAmur Books, 2016). She received her B.A. in communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Her spiritual family is Unity Living Water Spiritual Community in Arvada, Colorado, where she is a member of both the prayer chaplain team and the youth-education team. Email Holmes at c.c.holmes@comcast.net