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Breaking my rule

I’m breaking my own rule. This week I was only able to go swimming once. I’ve just had too much stuff pile up slowly and it’s culminated I’m not having enough time to do stuff. Yesterday I had set aside the day for a break, but something came up that it would have been rude not to attend to. So what did I do? I stayed as long as was polite, left, and went for a swim hehe. Likely my only swim of the week.

What am I going to do about it? I’ve since gone through and made time wherever possible in my calendar for ‘break’ days. Even so, there isn’t as much space for them. I have to do this more in advance. Lesson learned for when you have to work Saturdays. Take the Monday off. I guess uni kinda screwed me up there cos I have classes on Saturdays, and I had classes on Mondays (not anymore). I tried making Wednesday my day off, didn’t work very well. Wednesday is one of the worst days to take off work wise. Chances are people are working it.

So yeah, I remember Ramit Sethi mentioning this in his book, and I think it’s good advice. Maybe I should go back to my original name ‘何も入れないでー’ which is a pun for ‘ don’t put anything on this day’, and ‘a day with nothing on it’. I owe this to myself, but more so I owe it to my wife. Dammit. Haha.

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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