Choose your struggle
When we make decisions, we weigh up the struggle against the potential benefit. At times, however, it is precisely that struggle that begets the potential benefit.
We can give ourselves challenges as a kind of contained struggle; a struggle without the real risk, so to speak. This is because we believe that by getting through this struggle, or by seeing how we react in trying to get through the struggle, we learn about ourselves, and we benefit.
Of course most of the struggle we have is not optional. But by giving ourselves challenges and seeing how we do deal with struggle, we can see that we have a choice about how we deal with real struggle when it arises. Which is to say, there are real benefits in challenging ourselves and getting through struggle, real or otherwise.
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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