The art of enjoying the moment

The place has the time gone (once more)? Just a bit whereas in the past, the day appeared countless and now it’s drawing to an in depth. And but, we might like to have extra room to squeeze within the finer issues in life. However time can’t be stopped, can it? To search out out, we strapped the brand new MONDRAKER DUNE onto an outdated Land Rover Defender and headed west.

3 … 2 … 1.
Breathe in deeply via your nostril

Maintain for five seconds

and breathe out slowly till your lungs are fully empty.

Slowing down or stopping time for a short time isn’t at all times as simple as consciously respiration out and in. More often than not, it feels inconceivable to flee the fact of our on a regular basis lives and the pressure that it places on our emotional self. The whole lot round us strikes on the velocity of sunshine, and passes us by like a raging river. Time notion is a fancy phenomenon, one that’s influenced by numerous elements. The truth that time isn’t at all times the identical wasn’t solely demonstrated by Einstein along with his principle of relativity – we expertise it first-hand every day. However how does it occur? And what’s the important thing to creating extra time?

For instance, if I’m on a really nice date, time actually doesn’t exist, but when I’m standing in an extended queue on the grocery store, a minute seems like a lifetime. However does that imply that we are able to truly “trick” time? If we all know {that a} sure emotional state permits us to decelerate time, why don’t we simply transport ourselves into it?

Nonetheless, turning each checkout queue right into a date isn’t an choice and doubtless not what you need within the first place, until the cashier is your soulmate! Plus, falling in love is at all times a palaver, so it is perhaps a greater choice to develop an consciousness of time first, and learn how to make use of it, and what’s worthy of it. Which moments and actions make you expertise time extra intensely? Or, in different phrases, that are the anchors that cease us being swept away within the move of time?

Have you ever ever tried to empty your dishwasher with out making a noise? Since this forces you to give attention to the method and actions, it freezes your ideas and makes room for the second. However since nobody desires to reorganise their kitchen in full silence 3 times a day, we seemed for a extra nice different to seek out our interior Zen anchor. Not fairly as silent, however much more fashionable!

After I stroll, I stroll. After I eat, I eat. After I drive, I drive!
(paraphrased from Zen Buddhism)

These days we hardly drive vehicles, it’s the vehicles that drive us!

One among my undisputed time anchors are outdated vehicles with heavy steering that require nice bodily effort to show the wheels. Engines that drown out tacky pop songs enjoying over a crackling radio. Nothing ought to beep to warn me I’m in peril. The whole lot ought to shake as a result of the drive shaft vibrates. I’m searching for vehicles that we are able to nonetheless repair ourselves, that we’ve to drive ourselves; sorry: that we are able to’t wait to drive. Why? As a result of they power you to be within the right here and now. Fashionable vehicles with dependable steering help, parking aids and cruise management give us loads of freedom and security, however on the identical time deprive us of the driving expertise. The journey is now not the purpose. More often than not, they’re nearly getting from A to B as shortly and effectively as doable, with out detours, with out mishaps, with out experiences.

Timeless magnificence that may final for generations.

The Timeless Storage in Lisbon is the antithesis of autopilot, trend and passing developments. Right here you’ll look in useless for the evil-eyed headlights or vulgar, provocative design language that distinguishes many fashionable vehicles. As an alternative, you’ll discover spherical, beady eyes, timeless shapes and charming magnificence. This storage is a spot for elegant curves, handcrafted particulars, chrome trims and mechanics who nonetheless spend their days tucked away below the bonnet of my final Zen complement. The scent of petrol, grease and leather-based fills the air. Classic Porsches and Alfa Romeos stand door to door with traditional Defenders. Vehicles that remind us what actual magnificence is – simplicity and magnificence. They’re the embodiment of sturdiness, the flexibility to outlast the ever-changing instances and but stay related. Right here within the workshop, time passes extra slowly, and you’re feeling dazed and excited – identical to once you drive these automobiles. So off I’m going: I load my bike into the Defender and let Bonnie the path canine soar within the again. I head in the direction of the westernmost level of Europe. Into the paranormal forest of Sintra, round an hour west out of Lisbon. It’s clear from the second I flip the ignition key that it is going to be not less than one other hour!

As I cruise down the motorway westbound, Teslas move me by at full velocity. Now and again, they rock the Defender with their wake. Judging by the velocity at which they draw back, you’d suppose that they didn’t wish to be right here. Generally I ponder what folks do with all this time that they’ve saved so diligently. After which I flip off the motorway. The solar is shining, the engine is buzzing and the wind blows throughout my face via the window – it’s good right here. Sure, proper right here – so why the push? The skinny ribbon of tarmac I observe takes me deep into the forest, and nature out of the blue swallows up the asphalt.

The slower you drive, the extra you may take within the environment. I drive with out haste, not troubling the velocity restrict. I benefit from the views and breathe in deeply.

A return to the origins

I park the Landy and unload the DUNE beneath tall timber, in a spot that jogs my memory of the sluggish passing of the seasons, of the panorama’s eternity. I pause for a second and listen to nothing however the wind rustling via the damp eucalyptus and pine timber. A gentle breeze blows in from the coast, you may hear the waves breaking out within the Atlantic, scent the salt within the air. I realise that I haven’t given any thought to my watch or my telephone since I left the storage. I’ve been too busy shedding myself in what I’m doing, driving the Defender, leaving all of it behind. And the following step will take me even additional away from the turmoil of on a regular basis life – however that doesn’t take motion out of the equation. Helmet on, Bosch SX motor on.

However wait: how do an eMTB and Landrover Defender match collectively? Isn’t a contemporary eMTB the antithesis of slowing down – once you whizz up the mountain like a Tesla, tearing up the gentle trails in a cloud of grime and mud, accompanied by the whine of Turbo mode?

After all, an eMTB could be very totally different to an analogue MTB, but it surely’s by no means simply in regards to the product itself, however relatively the feelings it triggers. After all, it’s also possible to drive a Tesla along with your coronary heart in your hand, however a Land Rover Defender makes it simpler to expertise the pure sensation of driving. And that’s additionally the case with the MONDRAKER DUNE: from the very first flip of the cranks, it’s a pleasure to experience. You step on the fuel, play with the path and benefit from the views. It’s a motorcycle that bridges the hole between the previous and way forward for mountain biking. The distinct body silhouette, clear traces and highly effective character remind us that timelessness isn’t essentially linked to the age or motor of a automobile or bike, however relatively to the expertise it permits. Right here, you don’t simply lose your self within the pedalling movement however relatively within the feeling of hovering over the paths, connecting with the environment and experiencing the liberty that solely e-mountain biking can supply. Each pedal stroke is a journey of discovery that brings you nearer to your self.

I observe Bonnie into the path, nonetheless feeling slightly stiff when gravity takes over. I carve via the primary few corners, soar over mossy rocks and attempt to pull a handbook via a puddle, with out luck. Nonetheless, berm after berm, I come to life and fall into the groove. I let go and my ideas give strategy to the move. It seems like snowboarding via recent powder. I’m again. Again within the right here and now.

The solar strikes on and nightfall descends. I rigorously load up the Defender and drive alongside the shoreline as soon as extra. I savour the sensation of getting (practically) felt the day, with all its minutes. Why practically? After all, I additionally get hectic now and again, as everybody does, other than Buddha himself. So it will be boastful to say that I’m continually in Zen mode. Nonetheless, it’s essential to seek out slightly extra consciousness of the second – as a result of being within the right here and now doesn’t simply imply that life is “excellent”, it additionally provides you extra time.

You don’t essentially want a classic Defender or a MONDRAKER DUNE to cease time. It’s typically sufficient to breathe out and in rigorously, to remember. Nonetheless, the 2 are good anchors within the move of time and make it simpler to interrupt out. In the long run, nevertheless, you’re the one who decides what your anchors are and the way you wish to use and stay your time. Whether or not it’s your loved ones, vehicles, bikes, grocery store dates or emptying the dishwasher.

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Phrases: Julian Lemme Photographs: Robin Schmitt

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