山伏

キウイ

Get your ideas out

In a recent Akimbo podcast by Seth Godin, one of the listeners called in asking about putting out a ‘bad’ quality daily blog post. Say all your blog posts were of a generally good quality but one day you were just having a bad day, and your post wasn’t of the quality of the others. What are you to do?

Well, of course Seth’s answer was to just do it anyway. The purpose of writing daily isn’t to put out quality posts, the purpose is to put out posts, and believe that over time the quality will come.

He also gave the example of a photographer saying their photos were no good. Well, you can’t really say much before taking 10,000 photos. I’ve done that, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my photography. I now consider the composition more and it’s obvious if you look at them. Does this mean that I think I am a good photographer? Well, I think I’m better than the average iPhone photographer at least, but I still see a lot of room for improvement.

Which leaves me to my next point. I’ve been running the Instagram accounts for Yamabushido and the Dewa Sanzan, as well as my personal account. When it comes to deciding on whether or not to make a post, I always lean towards doing it. The posts I make, I do to provide even a little joy to someone. Of course, that person also includes myself. If I’ve done that, then I’m pleased.

I recently finished reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, a book often quoted by Seth Godin, and let me say what an excellent book! Short and sharp, and full of an overarching idea that really resonated with me; The Resistance is a force in all of us that stops us from being our creative selves. The key is to be aware of the existence of the Resistance, and to battle against it. However, one idea that particularly interested me was that the ideas in our brains are not our own. They come from outside us, and our bodies are just the agent of the idea.

Pressfield likens it to a mother and a baby. The mother is the agent of the baby, it is not the baby itself. In other words, our ideas (our babies) are not our own. And, if we have these great ideas that can provide benefit to others, it is our duty to let them out into the world.

So, first I would recommend reading Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, and second, I would recommend simply getting your ideas out.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

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.


Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.


Tim.

MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM

Subscribe to my weekly yamabushi newsletter

RECENT BLOG POSTS

young athletes preparing for running in training hall
Blaming the world, or showing it what you’re made of
Try it before you buy it
Uketamo is

YAMABUSHI BLOG POSTS

Kiwi Yamabushi on Mt. Kinbo, one of the 100 mountains of Yamagata
Following the Ancient Paths of the Yamabushi on Mt. Kinbo
A Jizo statue at the top of Mt. Kyogakura in Sakata
Being Yamabushi
person holding blue ballpoint pen writing in notebook
Yamabushi Writing

RANDOM POSTS

Taking advantage of good views
My New Goal in Life
Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi at Yamadera in Yamagata Prefecture
Why are the Dewa Sanzan mountains known for rebirth?

CONTACT ME

Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 

timb008@gmail.com

All photos my own. Contact for more. 

Subscribe to the Mountains of Wisdom Mailer

* indicates required

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: