Life Cycle [Radio Scotland]

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Change - Do You Love It Or Hate It?2019031120200808 (RS)
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The world around us is constantly changing, we are changing too. How many of us are the same person we were yesterday, last week, last year? For some of us, change can be exciting, it brings new adventures, life experiences or even gets us back on track. But for others it can be daunting too, leading to fear and anxiety.

How we cope with change in our lives will either propel us forward or hold us back. In this Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to explore how we can embrace change in our lives.

It can be unsettling, it can be invigorating. Lee Craigie explores how we deal with change

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

The world around us is constantly changing, we are changing too. How many of us are the same person we were yesterday, last week, last year? For some of us, change can be exciting, it brings new adventures, life experiences or even gets us back on track. But for others it can be daunting too, leading to fear and anexity

How we cope with change in our lives will either propel us forward or hold back. In this Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to explore how we can embrace change in our lives.

Confidence And How To Find It2019021120190216 (RS)
20191226 (RS)
20200718 (RS)
Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie asks how we can build our confidence.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Considering the role of control20190318
Considering the role of control2019031820200815 (RS)Lee Craigie explores how powerful a force control can be in our lives. In the wrong hands or in the wrong mind it can be life shatteringly destructive. But use it wisely, to your advantage, and it is tool that will help you achieve and get through anything you want.

As Lee jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to meet people with different experiences of control she talks to Chris and JJ.

Chris is a survivor of domestic abuse who had control forced upon him by someone else. As he wrestled back control into his own life he has had to learn how to create new boundaries of acceptability among friends and family, but it has left him fearful of conflict. JJ meanwhile had to relinquish all of his control to The Royal Marines when he joined up to become a Commando. But as Lee finds out, that relinquishing control is actually about empowering you with more control in your life than you thought you initially had.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Considering The Role Of Control2019031820200103 (RS)
20190323 (RS)
Lee Craigie explores how powerful a force control can be in our lives. In the wrong hands or in the wrong mind it can be life shatteringly destructive. But use it wisely, to your advantage, and it is tool that will help you achieve and get through anything you want.

As Lee jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to meet people with different experiences of control she talks to Chris and JJ.

Chris is a survivor of domestic abuse who had control forced upon him by someone else. As he wrestled back control into his own life he has had to learn how to create new boundaries of acceptability among friends and family,but it has left him fearful of conflict. JJ meanwhile had to relinquish all of his control to The Royal Marines when he joined up to become a Commando. But as Lee finds out, that relinquishing control is actually about empowering you with more control in your life than you thought you initially had.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Lee Craigie explores how powerful a force control can be in our lives. In the wrong hands or in the wrong mind it can be life shatteringly destructive. But use it wisely, to your advantage, and it is tool that will help you achieve and get through anything you want.

As Lee jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to meet people with different experiences of control she talks to Chris and JJ.

Chris is a survivor of domestic abuse who had control forced upon him by someone else. As he wrestled back control into his own life he has had to learn how to create new boundaries of acceptability among friends and family,but it has left him fearful of conflict. JJ meanwhile had to relinquish all of his control to The Royal Marines when he joined up to become a Commando. But as Lee finds out, that relinquishing control is actually about empowering you with more control in your life than you thought you initially had.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Lee Craigie explores how powerful a force control can be in our lives. In the wrong hands or in the wrong mind it can be life shatteringly destructive. But use it wisely, to your advantage, and it is tool that will help you achieve and get through anything you want.

As Lee jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to meet people with different experiences of control she talks to Chris and JJ.

Chris is a survivor of domestic abuse who had control forced upon him by someone else. As he wrestled back control into his own life he has had to learn how to create new boundaries of acceptability among friends and family,but it has left him fearful of conflict. JJ meanwhile had to relinquish all of his control to The Royal Marines when he joined up to become a Commando. But as Lee finds out, that relinquishing control is actually about empowering you with more control in your life than you thought you initially had.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Control2019031820190323 (RS)Lee Craigie explores how powerful a force control can be in our lives. In the wrong hands or in the wrong mind it can be life shatteringly destructive. But use it wisely, to your advantage, and it is tool that will help you achieve and get through anything you want.

As Lee jumps on her bike, Jimmy, to meet people with different experiences of control she talks to Chris and JJ.

Chris is a survivor of domestic abuse who had control forced upon him by someone else. As he wrestled back control into his own life he has had to learn how to create new boundaries of acceptability among friends and family,but it has left him fearful of conflict. JJ meanwhile had to relinquish all of his control to The Royal Marines when he joined up to become a Commando. But as Lee finds out, that relinquishing control is actually about empowering you with more control in your life than you thought you initially had.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Ego20190325
Ego2019032520190330 (RS)Do you worry about your ego? Because no matter what you say or think, we all have one.

To what extent we let it drive us and how aware we are of it when it gets behind the wheel has such a massive impact on our entire lives. Our ego is a powerful thing. Out of control it can run riot across our lives and those close to us. Develop your awareness of it and it will drive us forward to experience new things and keep us vital and growing.

In this Life Cycle Lee Craigie delves into her own ego trying to understand how and why it motivates her to keep pushing sometimes at a cost to herself and others around her.

Lee Craigie explores the impact our ego can have on our lives and those close to us.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Do you worry about your ego? Because no matter what you say or think, we all have one.

To what extent we let it drive us and how aware we are of it when it gets behind the wheel has such a massive impact on our entire lives. Our ego is a powerful thing. Out of control it can run riot across our lives and those close to us. Develop your awareness of it and it will drive us forward to experience new things and keep us vital and growing.

In this Life Cycle Lee Craigie delves into her own ego trying to understand how and why it motivates her to keep pushing sometimes at a cost to herself and others around her.

Lee Craigie explores the impact our ego can have on our lives and those close to us.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Do you worry about your ego? Because no matter what you say or think, we all have one.

To what extent we let it drive us and how aware we are of it when it gets behind the wheel has such a massive impact on our entire lives. Our ego is a powerful thing. Out of control it can run riot across our lives and those close to us. Develop your awareness of it and it will drive us forward to experience new things and keep us vital and growing.

In this Life Cycle Lee Craigie delves into her own ego trying to understand how and why it motivates her to keep pushing sometimes at a cost to herself and others around her.

Lee Craigie explores the impact our ego can have on our lives and those close to us.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Ego2019032520200822 (RS)Do you worry about your ego? Because no matter what you say or think, we all have one.

To what extent we let it drive us and how aware we are of it when it gets behind the wheel has such a massive impact on our entire lives. Our ego is a powerful thing. Out of control it can run riot across our lives and those close to us. Develop your awareness of it and it will drive us forward to experience new things and keep us vital and growing.

In this Life Cycle Lee Craigie delves into her own ego trying to understand how and why it motivates her to keep pushing sometimes at a cost to herself and others around her.

Lee Craigie explores the impact our ego can have on our lives and those close to us.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Finding Your Flow2020012720200201 (RS)
20200704 (RS)
There's a rare and beautiful moment when top endurance athlete Lee Craigie is riding her bike when everything just slots into place. Decisions become easy, a tough and technical route becomes almost smooth and everything seems possible. Lee calls it 'flow' and its something she seeks whenever she gets on her bike. But like the best things in life flow is elusive. The more you look for it, the harder it is to find. ou can't manufacture it, its something which mysteriously appears and disappears irrespective of need or desire.

So in this Life Cycle Lee jumps on her bike to find out who else is a flow follower liker herself. Children's writer and illustrator Debi Gliori certainly shares Lee's passion for flow but also her despair when its gone. She mourns it. For top climber Dave Macleod its to be found clinging to a vertical drop, in a place most of us would find anything but peace and calm. Comedian Bruce Morton likens it to feeling like you're floating across the floor during a gig, almost like an out of body experience.

So what's the key to finding flow in all our lives, those pockets of peace and balance? Some of the answers you might find surprising.

Lee Craigie goes in search of a happy place called 'flow'.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

So in this Life Cycle Lee jumps on her bike to find out who else is a flow follower liker herself. Children's writer and illustrator Debi Gliori certainly shares Lee's passion for flow but also her despair when its gone. She mourns it. For top climber Dave Macleod its to be found clinging to a vertical drop, in a place most of us would find anything but peace and calm. Comedian Bruce Morton likens it to feeling like you're floating across the floor during a gig, almost like an out of body experience.

There's a rare and beautiful moment when top endurance athlete Lee Craigie is riding her bike when everything just slots into place. Decisions become easy, a tough and technical route becomes almost smooth and everything seems possible. Lee calls it 'flow' and its something she seeks whenever she gets on her bike. But like the best things in life flow is elusive. The more you look for it, the harder it is to find. You can't manufacture it, its something which mysteriously appears and disappears irrespective of need or desire.

So what's the key to finding flow in all our lives, those pockets of peace and balance? Some of the answers you might find surprising.

Forgiveness2019022520190302 (RS)Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie explores the very human trait of being able to forgive. From forgiving others to being able to forgive ourselves, Lee explores what process and mindset we need to go through to be able to say, i'm not going to let that bother me anymore.

Diving deep into the Catholic ritual of Confession, this non-believer explores what it means to seek forgiveness and how penance plays its part in absolution. While on a much more human level Pete confides in Lee how just talking about your shame and guilt can help you find forgiveness and hope from deep within.

And if we can all offer and receive a little more forgiveness in our lives how will that benefit our health, happiness and freedom.

Lee Craigie explores what it means to be able to forgive.

Freedom20180806
Freedom2018080620180811 (RS)
20190101 (RS)
Not tied down by a 9 to 5, not having to drop off or pick up children, able to come and go as she pleases Lee Craigie describes herself as a nomad at heart. In this episode of Life Cycle exploring freedom, Lee talks to fellow long distance cyclist Dervla Murphy about the sense of freedom they both love in their lives.

Freedom can be both physical and mental. For Heather, finding her freedom and being to finally express who she actually is came late in life when she decided to step away from living a very restrictive family environment.

While in Corton Vale women's prison, Lee explores how to find both physical and mental freedom within the confines of the prison walls.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of what freedom means to different people.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Freedom2018080620200829 (RS)Not tied down by a 9 to 5, not having to drop off or pick up children, able to come and go as she pleases Lee Craigie describes herself as a nomad at heart. In this episode of Life Cycle exploring freedom, Lee talks to fellow long distance cyclist Dervla Murphy about the sense of freedom they both love in their lives.

Freedom can be both physical and mental. For Heather, finding her freedom and being to finally express who she actually is came late in life when she decided to step away from living a very restrictive family environment.

While in Corton Vale women's prison, Lee explores how to find both physical and mental freedom within the confines of the prison walls.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of what freedom means to different people.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Honestly?2020012020200125 (RS)
20200627 (RS)
To tell or not to tell? That is the question.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Be honest, how honest are you? What is the value in being honest – with others and with ourselves? Are there costs as well as benefits in being open and honest about everything. When does it pay to hide the truth?

Lee Craigie jumps on her bike to take a journey along the rocky road that honesty throws up. Can honesty and politics go together? Kezia Dugdale reveals some of the times she was caught for being too honest and her regrets over perhaps not being as honest as she'd have liked. Real Talk founder Lily Asch talks about the benefit of honesty when it comes to mental health and how telling your story honestly can be hugely cathartic, while comedian Bruce Morton says honesty is not always the best policy, its too uncomfortable and some things are best left unsaid, both on and off the stage.

Prepare yourself for a powerful, thought provoking and at times painfully honest ride.

Lee Craigie jumps on her bike to take a journey along the rocky road that honesty throws up. Can honesty and politics go together? Kezia Dugdale reveals some of the times she was caught for being too honest and her regrets over perhaps not being as honest as she'd have liked. Real Talk founder Lily Asch talks about the benefit of honesty when it comes to mental health and how telling your story honestly can be hugely cathartic, while comedian Bruce Morton says honesty is not always the best policy, its too uncomfortable and some things are best left unsaid, both on and off the stage.

Be honest, how honest are you? What is the value in being honest – with others and with ourselves? Are there costs as well as benefits in being open and honest about everything, When does it pay to hide the truth?

Hope2020021020200215 (RS)
20200711 (RS)
Without hope what are we? But how do you cling on to hope in the face of adversity and what is the role of hope in helping us weave through life’s more challenging moments? How useful a tool is hope and how much could we harness it to be happier and more positive. Is there such a thing as hoping too much?

Endurance athlete Lee Craigie jumps on her bike and goes in search of hope. She finds it through Jamie Andrew's dramatic and heartbreaking story of what hope looked like when he was clinging to life on a mountain top, hoping against hope that he would be rescued.

Lee also hears thought provoking words of hope from Father Roddy Johnstone while abuse survivor Madeleine Black leaves her to mull over the idea that hope stands for Hold On Pain Ends.

Lee Craigie explores the power of hope with Jamie Andrew and Father Roddy Johnstone.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Endurance athlete Lee Craigie jumps on her bike and goes in search of hope. She finds it through Jamie Andrew's dramatic and heartbreaking story of what hope looked like when he was clinging to life on a mountain top, hoping against hope that he would be rescued.

Lee Craigie explores the power of hope with Jamie Andrew and Father Roddy Johnstone.

Lee also hears thought provoking words of hope from Father Roddy Johnstone while abuse survivor Madeleine Black leaves her to mull over the idea that hope stands for Hold On Pain Ends.

I Forgive You...but I'm Not Sure I Forgive Me2019022520200101 (RS)
20190302 (RS)
20200801 (RS)
Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie explores the very human trait of being able to forgive. From forgiving others to being able to forgive ourselves, Lee explores what process and mindset we need to go through to be able to say, i'm not going to let that bother me anymore.

Diving deep into the Catholic ritual of Confession, this non-believer explores what it means to seek forgiveness and how penance plays its part in absolution. While on a much more human level Pete confides in Lee how just talking about your shame and guilt can help you find forgiveness and hope from deep within.

And if we can all offer and receive a little more forgiveness in our lives how will that benefit our health, happiness and freedom.

Lee Craigie explores what it means to be able to forgive.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

And if we can all offer and receive a little more forgiveness in our lives how will that benefit our health, happiness and freedom.

Loss2019030420190309 (RS)Whether we like it or not, we all have to face loss throughout our lives. How it presents itself will vary and so will the scale of it. Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie explores how we learn to deal with loss and build resilience to whatever life throws our way.

As Lee finds out, loss isn't always defined by the life ending moment of someone's death. For someone caring for a loved one living with dementia, loss can be a gradual thing that slowly creeps up on you as you see the person you knew slowly withdrawing into themselves.

What if you experience a life changing moment that takes away who you had become in your own mind and who people knew you as? Mountain bike guide Andy McKenna tells Lee how he found himself in a new, richer life once he came to terms with his MS.

So this Life Cycle is about learning to deal with loss, and what we can learn about ourselves from loss itself.

Lee Craigie explores how deal we deal with loss in our lives.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Whether we like it or not, we all have to face loss throughout our lives. How it presents itself will vary and so will the scale of it. Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie explores how we learn to deal with loss and build resilience to whatever life throws our way.

As Lee finds out, loss isn't always defined by the life ending moment of someone's death. For someone caring for a loved one living with dementia, loss can be a gradual thing that slowly creeps up on you as you see the person you knew slowly withdrawing into themselves.

What if you experience a life changing moment that takes away who you had become in your own mind and who people knew you as? Mountain bike guide Andy McKenna tells Lee how he found himself in a new, richer life once he came to terms with his MS.

So this Life Cycle is about learning to deal with loss, and what we can learn about ourselves from loss itself.

Lee Craigie explores how deal we deal with loss in our lives.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Whether we like it or not, we all have to face loss throughout our lives. How it presents itself will vary and so will the scale of it. Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie explores how we learn to deal with loss and build resilience to whatever life throws our way.

As Lee finds out, loss isn't always defined by the life ending moment of someone's death. For someone caring for a loved one living with dementia, loss can be a gradual thing that slowly creeps up on you as you see the person you knew slowly withdrawing into themselves.

What if you experience a life changing moment that takes away who you had become in your own mind and who people knew you as? Mountain bike guide Andy McKenna tells Lee how he found himself in a new, richer life once he came to terms with his MS.

So this Life Cycle is about learning to deal with loss, and what we can learn about ourselves from loss itself.

Lee Craigie explores how deal we deal with loss in our lives.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Selfish Or Selfless - Which Are You?2020010620200111 (RS)
20200613 (RS)
No one likes to think of themselves as ‘selfish’ but is there really any such thing as true selfless-ness and what is the personal benefit of giving to others? What is the true nature of the relationship between selfish and selflessness and how do you find harmony between what you need and want from life and what others seem to need and want from you?

Brewer Petra Wetzel talks about her decision to give away her company and surrogate mum Claire Kelly talks about why she loves having children for others while top climber Dave Macleod and life coach Sanni McCandless consider whether putting your life at risk is selfish or selfless.

If you ever need a great argument for being true to your self don't miss Sanni's call to change how we feel about being selfish.

Its all about me, me, me! Be honest how selfish or selfless are you?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

It's all about me, me, me! Be honest how selfish or selfless are you?

Stopping2018072320181226 (RS)
20180728 (RS)
Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

For someone who hardly ever stops moving the idea of stopping is utterly unnatural to Lee, even eating while pedalling Jimmy. She finds even the idea of stillness, physical inaction, uncomfortable. So this programme searches for the key to stillness. To learn how to stop in a world which encourages us to be active 24/7.

Lee races from a week of bike packing down to the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Samye Ling where she parks her bike for 48 hours of stillness, Tai Chi and finding just a little bit more time in her and our lives for doing nothing.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

For someone who hardly ever stops moving the idea of stopping is utterly unnatural to Lee, even eating while pedalling Jimmy. She finds even the idea of stillness, physical inaction, uncomfortable. So this programme searches for the key to stillness. To learn how to stop in a world which encourages us to be active 24/7.

Lee races from a week of bike packing down to the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Samye Ling where she parks her bike for 48 hours of stillness, Tai Chi and finding just a little bit more time in her and our lives for doing nothing.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

For someone who hardly ever stops moving the idea of stopping is utterly unnatural to Lee, even eating while pedalling Jimmy. She finds even the idea of stillness, physical inaction, uncomfortable. So this programme searches for the key to stillness. To learn how to stop in a world which encourages us to be active 24/7.

Lee races from a week of bike packing down to the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Samye Ling where she parks her bike for 48 hours of stillness, Tai Chi and finding just a little bit more time in her and our lives for doing nothing.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Success2018071620181225 (RS)
20180721 (RS)
Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Who gets to decide what defines success?

Lee explores what it means to be successful when you gauge it against your own parameters and when others are judging it for you. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown describes how he balanced the expectations of success of the nation, the team and himself on and off the football pitch.

But what does success feel like when you get there? Isla Rowntree set up a successful bike manufacturing business. To many people a thriving business that's courted by private equity might be considered successful. How hard is it to balance all that when your moral compass kicks in and you decide to walk away from further success because it feels like the right thing to do.

With all this in mind Lee asks herself if actually there is such a thing as success and failure after all.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Who gets to decide what defines success?

Lee explores what it means to be successful when you gauge it against your own parameters and when others are judging it for you. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown describes how he balanced the expectations of success of the nation, the team and himself on and off the football pitch.

But what does success feel like when you get there? Isla Rowntree set up a successful bike manufacturing business. To many people a thriving business that's courted by private equity might be considered successful. How hard is it to balance all that when your moral compass kicks in and you decide to walk away from further success because it feels like the right thing to do.

With all this in mind Lee asks herself if actually there is such a thing as success and failure after all.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Who gets to decide what defines success?

Lee explores what it means to be successful when you gauge it against your own parameters and when others are judging it for you. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown describes how he balanced the expectations of success of the nation, the team and himself on and off the football pitch.

But what does success feel like when you get there? Isla Rowntree set up a successful bike manufacturing business. To many people a thriving business that's courted by private equity might be considered successful. How hard is it to balance all that when your moral compass kicks in and you decide to walk away from further success because it feels like the right thing to do.

With all this in mind Lee asks herself if actually there is such a thing as success and failure after all.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Technology2018073020181227 (RS)
20180804 (RS)
The way that we communicate with each other has fundamentally changed. When did you last send or receive a handwritten letter? Long form has been replaced by bursts of 280 characters. Smartphones have become our modern day pen and paper.

But these changes bring with them much greater hidden transformations in how we, as humans, interact and engage with each other.

In this episode of Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie - who spends her time telling the stories of her expeditions using technology meets Chris Andrews. Distracted by pinging notifications Chris realised his relationship with his smartphone was affecting his life and relationships. Going cold turkey he decided to walk across the USA speaking to strangers about their relationship with smartphones - the key was speaking, face to face, to another person to establish how we really connect with each other.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie questions our relationship with technology.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

The way that we communicate with each other has fundamentally changed. When did you last send or receive a handwritten letter? Long form has been replaced by bursts of 280 characters. Smartphones have become our modern day pen and paper.

But these changes bring with them much greater hidden transformations in how we, as humans, interact and engage with each other.

In this episode of Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie - who spends her time telling the stories of her expeditions using technology meets Chris Andrews. Distracted by pinging notifications Chris realised his relationship with his smartphone was affecting his life and relationships. Going cold turkey he decided to walk across the USA speaking to strangers about their relationship with smartphones - the key was speaking, face to face, to another person to establish how we really connect with each other.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie questions our relationship with technology.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

The way that we communicate with each other has fundamentally changed. When did you last send or receive a handwritten letter? Long form has been replaced by bursts of 280 characters. Smartphones have become our modern day pen and paper.

But these changes bring with them much greater hidden transformations in how we, as humans, interact and engage with each other.

In this episode of Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie - who spends her time telling the stories of her expeditions using technology meets Chris Andrews. Distracted by pinging notifications Chris realised his relationship with his smartphone was affecting his life and relationships. Going cold turkey he decided to walk across the USA speaking to strangers about their relationship with smartphones - the key was speaking, face to face, to another person to establish how we really connect with each other.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie questions our relationship with technology.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Trust Me2020020320200208 (RS)Trusting others and being trusted is a fundamental part of human relationships but what happens when trust breaks down, how do you rebuild trust and what does the world look like without it?

Endurance athlete Lee Craigie cycles through stories of broken and rebuilt trust. From Madeleine Black she learns how you can trust , even after the most appalling experiences; Father Roddy Johnstone convinces Lee why its necessary and desirable to trust, even in the face of the fears it throws our way, and from partially sighted Raymond Smart she hears how trust starts with yourself.

Lee Craigie cycles her way to a place of trust.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

What Do You Expect?2020011320200620 (RS)
20200118 (RS)
Do expectations of what we're capable of help or hinder our progress through life?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

What impact does the box you’re placed in have on your path through life? Either because you’ve put yourself there or someone else has? How heavily does the expectation of society weigh on what we are capable of achieving? And what of our own expectations? Set them too high and are we inevitably going to fall?

Endurance athlete Lee Craigie sets off on her bike to unpick questions around expectation. On route Lee talks to top choreographer and dancer, Claire Cunningham, who has defied all expectations about just what its possible to achieve when you have to use crutches. She also meets inspirational young traveller, Davie Donaldson, who has battled expectations and prejudice of what being a traveller means his whole life.

Don't expect all the answers...do expect a fascinating and thought provoking journey from Lee and the people she meets along the way.

Do expectations of what we're capable of help or hinder our progress through life?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

What impact does the box you’re placed in have on your path through life? Either because you’ve put yourself there or someone else has? How heavily does the expectation of society weigh on what we are capable of achieving? And what of our own expectations? Set them too high and are we inevitably going to fall?

Endurance athlete Lee Craigie sets off on her bike to unpick questions around expectation. On route Lee talks to top choreographer and dancer, Claire Cunningham, who has defied all expectations about just what its possible to achieve when you have to use crutches. She also meets inspirational young traveller, Davie Donaldson, who has battled expectations and prejudice of what being a traveller means his whole life.

Don't expect all the answers...do expect a fascinating and thought provoking journey from Lee and the people she meets along the way.

Do expectations of what we're capable of help or hinder our progress through life?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

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Lee Craigie sits down with people at different stages of life to hear how their identity is shaped. Aimee Georgeson talks about what influences and expectations teenagers face in 2019. Durita Holm argues that having a rigid identity places barriers between yourself and those who could otherwise be your friends. Aneela McKenna shares her experience of deciding what box you fit into and the role that family plays in that decision. Then Lee's mum looks back on her life and discusses how it took a long time to settle on her identity.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie asks who defines us. Is it ourselves, or others?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

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How often have you thought you wished made a different decision when you were younger? Life is full of decisions. Some are easy, some are hard. Some will have little impact, some will change the course of your life, right there, right now, from that moment on.

In this episode of Life Cycle Lee Craigie meets two people who, in their youth, made decisions that would change the course of their lives.

Rickie Cotter found herself in a police cell facing drug charges. She could decide does she continue a life controlled by drugs or does she get clean and use that moment to make her life better every single day? She explains her decision to Lee and how it still influences who she is today.

Basit Rashid’s decision to fight his mental health problems rather than succumb to them started with tiny little steps. Today he takes giant leaps. Through meditation, exercise and a positive mental attitude he keeps himself moving towards a better place and now he wants to take others along with him.

Two very inspiring stories that push Lee to consider that no matter what our circumstance or situation we (almost) always have a choice.

Lee Craigie hears how decisions made in our youth can affect the rest of our lives.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

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Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Who gets to decide what defines success?

Lee explores what it means to be successful when you gauge it against your own parameters and when others are judging it for you. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown describes how he balanced the expectations of success of the nation, the team and himself on and off the football pitch.

But what does success feel like when you get there? Isla Rowntree set up a successful bike manufacturing business. To many people a thriving business that's courted by private equity might be considered successful. How hard is it to balance all that when your moral compass kicks in and you decide to walk away from further success because it feels like the right thing to do.

With all this in mind Lee asks herself if actually there is such a thing as success and failure after all.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Lee explores what it means to be successful when you gauge it against your own parameters and when others are judging it for you. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown describes how he balanced the expectations of success of the nation, the team and himself on and off the football pitch.

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Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

For someone who hardly ever stops moving the idea of stopping is utterly unnatural to Lee, even eating while pedalling Jimmy. She finds even the idea of stillness, physical inaction, uncomfortable. So this programme searches for the key to stillness. To learn how to stop in a world which encourages us to be active 24/7.

Lee races from a week of bike packing down to the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Samye Ling where she parks her bike for 48 hours of stillness, Tai Chi and finding just a little bit more time in her and our lives for doing nothing.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer, more rewarding, happier and healthier life - something many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophies or ways of living.

For someone who hardly ever stops moving, the idea of stopping is utterly unnatural to Lee, even eating while pedalling Jimmy. She finds even the idea of stillness, physical inaction, uncomfortable. So this programme searches for the key to stillness. To learn how to stop in a world which encourages us to be active 24/7.

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Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie questions our relationship with technology.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

The way that we communicate with each other has fundamentally changed. When did you last send or receive a handwritten letter? Long form has been replaced by bursts of 280 characters. Smartphones have become our modern day pen and paper.

But these changes bring with them much greater hidden transformations in how we, as humans, interact and engage with each other.

In this episode of Life Cycle, endurance cyclist Lee Craigie - who spends her time telling the stories of her expeditions using technology meets Chris Andrews. Distracted by pinging notifications Chris realised his relationship with his smartphone was affecting his life and relationships. Going cold turkey he decided to walk across the USA speaking to strangers about their relationship with smartphones - the key was speaking, face to face, to another person to establish how we really connect with each other.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

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Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of what freedom means to different people.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Not tied down by a 9 to 5, not having to drop off or pick up children, able to come and go as she pleases Lee Craigie describes herself as a nomad at heart. In this episode of Life Cycle exploring freedom, Lee talks to fellow long distance cyclist Dervla Murphy about the sense of freedom they both love in their lives.

Freedom can be both physical and mental. For Heather, finding her freedom and being to finally express who she actually is came late in life when she decided to step away from living a very restrictive family environment.

While in Corton Vale women's prison, Lee explores how to find both physical and mental freedom within the confines of the prison walls.

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Top endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike, Jimmy, and goes in search of a few lessons in how to live a richer more rewarding, happier and healthier life. Something, ultimately many of us are constantly striving to do. Along the way Lee challenges herself to question her own life and values as she discovers how other people's life experiences have shaped their particular philosophy or way of living.

Lee Craigie learns how to own ageing and how not to fear death.

Whether we like it or not ageing is something that happens to all of us. How we deal with our ageing minds and bodies is up to us. Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie openly admits her fear of ageing, unsure if her body will still be able to spend hours on the bike or if her mind will stay sharp.

In this episode of Life Cycle, in a very frank, warm and funny conversation, Lee talks to her mum, Lesley, about how to "own" ageing. She learns not worry about the future but to treat ageing like grieving, one day at a time.

Played on a doubles badminton court, Pickleball is a cross between tennis, table tennis and badminton. Lee meets some of her mum's pals for a game and quickly learns that while you get older strength and stamina might be replaced by tactics and guise there is certainly no loss of competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Dervla Murphy, a hero of Lee's, has her final journey all planned. Her frankness and simple acceptance of her own death helps Lee start to realise that perhaps death is something to try and embrace rather than run from.

In this episode of Life Cycle, in a very frank, warm and funny conversation, Lee talks to her mum, Lesley, about how to “own ? ageing. She learns not worry about the future but to treat ageing like grieving, one day at a time.

Played on a doubles badminton court, Pickleball is a cross between tennis, table tennis and badminton. Lee meets some of her mum’s pals for a game and quickly learns that while you get older strength and stamina might be replaced by tactics and guise there is certainly no loss of competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Dervla Murphy, a hero of Lee’s, has her final journey all planned. Her frankness and simple acceptance of her own death helps Lee start to realise that perhaps death is something to try and embrace rather than run from.

Top endurance cyclist Lee Craigie jumps on her bike and goes in search of a life lessons.

In this episode of Life Cycle, in a very frank, warm and funny conversation, Lee talks to her mum, Lesley, about how to “own” ageing. She learns not worry about the future but to treat ageing like grieving, one day at a time.

Lee Craigie learns how to own ageing and how not to fear death

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20190103 (RS)
Lee Craigie hears how decisions made in our youth can affect the rest of our lives.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

How often have you thought you wished made a different decision when you were younger? Life is full of decisions. Some are easy, some are hard. Some will have little impact, some will change the course of your life, right there, right now, from that moment on.

In this episode of Life Cycle Lee Craigie meets two people who, in their youth, made decisions that would change the course of their lives.

Rickie Cotter found herself in a police cell facing drug charges. She could decide does she continue a life controlled by drugs or does she get clean and use that moment to make her life better every single day? She explains her decision to Lee and how it still influences who she is today.

Basit Rashid's decision to fight his mental health problems rather than succumb to them started with tiny little steps. Today he takes giant leaps. Through meditation, exercise and a positive mental attitude he keeps himself moving towards a better place and now he wants to take others along with him.

Two very inspiring stories that push Lee to consider that no matter what our circumstance or situation we (almost) always have a choice.

Basit Rashid’s decision to fight his mental health problems rather than succumb to them started with tiny little steps. Today he takes giant leaps. Through meditation, exercise and a positive mental attitude he keeps himself moving towards a better place and now he wants to take others along with him.

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Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie asks how we can build our confidence.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons

0202Identity2019021820190223 (RS)Lee Craigie sits down with people at different stages of life to hear how their identity is shaped. Aimee Georgeson talks about what influences and expectations teenagers face in 2019. Durita Holm argues that having a rigid identity places barriers between yourself and those who could otherwise be your friends. Aneela McKenna shares her experience of deciding what box you fit into and the role that family plays in that decision. Then Lee's mum looks back on her life and discusses how it took a long time to settle on her identity.

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie asks who defines us. Is it ourselves, or others?

Endurance cyclist Lee Craigie goes in search of a few life lessons