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Any day you can run, is a day you do run

[replace run with your preferred form of exercise]

One time when I was working at an elementary school here I was asked why I swim. My answer was probably too honest, but I said I swim now, because there will come a time that I will not be able to swim. In other words, I fear not being able to.

That’s a bit of a negative way to think about it, I do swim because I love it, but both of these combined gave me the mantra ‘Any day you can run, is a day you do run’. If you’re physically able to do it, you do it.

This has been my mantra for a few years now. It means that even if you’re not feeling up to it, and you’re debating whether it will be worth it, it doesn’t matter and you should already be making a move. This mantra takes the thought out of it, often the biggest hurdle in getting a move on. So excuse me, I have something to do now.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


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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