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Aligning the stars

When it comes to playing the Horagai conch, at the start it feels like the stars need to align for you to get a decent sound out. Over time you come to realise what those stars are; a tighter lip, a belly full of air, a concentrated flow of air.

But sometimes when you have your stars aligned, even after practicing for years, you still fail to get a decent sound. Practicing increases the chances that the stars will align, but it is no guarantee that they will.

So, why practice in the first place? Simple. That’s the only way you can have the best chance of the stars aligning. Day in, day out, put in the practice, and although your Horagai conch may not make the perfect sound, you gave it the best chance that it would.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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Tim.

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