Comfort in the mundane
You could spend a month in a zen monastery cleaning all day every day. And you know what, it might just make you content. There’s something to be said for the comfort that mundane things give you.
For me, every day begins with about a 20 minute ritual preparing coffee. I realised that of course the coffee is a big part of it, but also all the steps that go into producing the cup of coffee are somewhat relaxing. I love the feel of the grinder as it grinds the beans, and the feel of the kettle in my hand as it slowly pours over the beans that bubble up as carbon dioxide is released.
And that’s about it. In essence that is all you need to do to prepare coffee, and that’s about all you need to enjoy the mundane.
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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