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Getting over the money

Last year I made more money than I ever had before. That was through a combination of my normal jobs, plus a few extra translations and a little bit of interpretation. If I were just in it for the money, I would probably be a translator or interpreter. The reason I’m not is that I’m not in it solely for the money, and I feel that my other jobs, mostly Yamabushido but also my teaching job, are allowing me to have a positive impact on a great number of people, my main mission in life.

I was thinking about the money, and whether or not making less this year would have an impact on me, although I’m sure it would. This year, however, I have picked up a few different types of jobs, a bit of consulting and web design, that pays more than my other jobs, so I may not have that problem to contend with. Only time will tell, but I was thinking that if I were to quit my jobs and start on a sole project, with the knowledge that the first few years may not bear fruit, would I be content? My answer is ‘probably yes’.

Financially, we are in a safe position, with more than a few years’ worth of expenses saved, and more importantly invested and providing income. If I were to sacrifice that, I probably wouldn’t feel as confident. However, I think that with another new project aimed at having a positive impact on the greatest number of people, I wouldn’t be doing it for the money, so I could focus more on that simple mission. I’d still need for it to make an income, however. Food for thought.

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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