part of a process . . .

The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon.

~Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Kaya on Scottie's Bike-1

the hopeless of my effort . . .

“Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, it’s reasonable that my friends say: what foolishness! She’s got her head in the clouds again. But it’s not. Of course I have to give up, but by then I’m half crazy with the wonder of it—the abundance of the leaves, the quietness of the branches, the hopelessness of my effort. And I am in that delicious and important place, roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise.”

~Mary Oliver

Red Boots in June-1

if the machine produces tranquility . . .

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.”
~Robert Pirzig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Kaya Alexandria Wadsworth Worthington bike Motorcycle-1