How goggles taught me acceptance (Uketamo)
I think I cursed myself with yesterday’s post. I went to the pool trying to ignore all the signs (which is impossible, I swear there’s more now). And when I was swimming, something that had never happened before happened.
My goggle strap split.
I had to abandon the swim then and there. I probably could have gone and asked for some spare goggles, however that would involve getting changed, and also, Japanese goggles don’t go well with my Caucasian nose (I recently bought some only to find they didn’t fit).
So, I accepted the situation for what it was, swam 100m head-up (waterpolo style) to finish my set, and got out.
I was shocked and disappointed. But I know that when you’re in a situation like that, it’s very easy to make things worse for yourself if you can’t control your emotions. When there’s truly nothing you can do, it’s best to Uketamo, to accept the situation without fuss, and move on.
But now I need a new pair of goggles…
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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.
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