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How are you changing the world?

Everyone who lives has an impact on the world in one way or another. Every life has a meaning, and every meaningful life that affects the world affects every other meaningful life. So, the question is, how is your life being meaningful to other lives?

It’s a question we should be asking ourselves every day. Not in a condescending or discouraging way, but more to remind ourselves of our position in the world. Our lives are truly gifts given to us that we have to make the most of, and one way to do that is to provide meaningful life to others, which in turn provides it to us.

I believe in the mantra that searching for the meaning of life means you are not living. I believe that time spent trying to look for the answers is time spent not living. When I first picked up a camera nearly 9 years ago, I remember thinking that I had to balance the time spent taking photos with the time spent on the experience. Looking through the lens of a camera is not the same as experiencing the same thing. The wind in your hair, the smile on your face, can only be replicated by truly experiencing something. Anything else is simply reminiscing, which is not a bad thing.

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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man in green and brown jacket
Accept and Release
trees during day
The Nature in Our Nature
hitchhiking astronaut
The gravity of the situation


Overbearing and offensive
Culture getting in the way of progress
clear light bulb placed on chalkboard
The chance to uketamo


cloth with artistic design
Give in, lean in
Mind Games
Drowning in deadlines


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Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 


All photos my own. Contact for more. 

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