Always have an escape
It’s easy to say things like don’t overthink, don’t overwork, don’t fret the small things, but it’s hard to put that into action when you’re a human.
I’ve seen firsthand that these actions can have catastrophic consequences, so I purposely stop myself when I think I may be doing them, and you know what I do? I take a break. I give myself an excuse to spend a day or part of a day doing whatever I feel like, which often means going for a drive and going to a cafe, or going out for a walk.
I think it helps to have practical steps to avoid doing those things. Or to have ways to physically avoid them. It’s a big reason why I set aside at least two time slots a week to go swimming.
I’m probably lucky in that I have swimming to fall back on, because I feel in my element there, but other people may need to find something like that they enjoy. I don’t think it’s something you should force yourself to do, though. Do it if it feels natural to you. Other things might be writing or art, but I think looking back on your childhood might be one way to discover where your passion lies.
So I guess my advice would be to have an escape, a way in which you are taken away from the ‘real’ world if only for a few hours or so. When you feel more time is necessary, take more time. Things aren’t going to take a turn for the worse just by you not being there, and in fact they’ll take a turn for the best because you come back refreshed with a new sense of purpose.
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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