It starts with appreciation
Sincere gratitude is the name of the game. The Japanese are smart. They know that everything starts with appreciation. Before every meal they say ‘Itadakimasu’ meaning ‘I humbly receive this meal’, but there is the connotation that you are thanking every living being (including plants) that played even the smallest part in bringing the meal to your table.
When you practice Kyudo Japanese archery or other Japanese martial arts, before you even take a stance, you pay your respects to the gods of the Dojo.
And of course appreciation is the premise of Yamabushi training. We go out to nature and thank her for everything she has given us, which is, of course, everything.
Sure you may not have the most recent gadgets, or you may not have what others do, but if you are able to appreciate what you do have, your life, your family, your friends, and much more, then your life will be fulfilling.
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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