A Reminder of Stoic Philosophy
The three types of control:
Things that you cannot control, you cannot control so it’s a total waste spending time worrying about them.
Things that you can control, such as your thoughts and actions, you should worry very deeply about. By practicing meditation, you can practice placing a buffer between an action happening and your reaction. Your actions are the result of your thinking, and your actions cause habits, so being able to control your thinking to not be reactionary helps build good habits.
Lastly, there are the things you have some control over, such as the amount of practice you put into gaining a skill. These things you should also worry about, because you affect the outcome either way.
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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
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