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Making the most of last minute cancellations

You know how you say you’ll always do something close to you, like hike the mountain next to your house or do some sort of tourist thing just down the street, but you never get to it? I think these sorts of things never happen unless you specifically plan for them to happen, but yesterday I had my plans canceled suddenly, and I made the decision to do what I always said I would.

Yesterday once I arrived at Mt. Haguro for work, I got a message saying that the day’s plans had been postponed. While of course I was a bit annoyed at having traveled a relatively far distance, I realized I was also on Mt. Haguro right when the Sakura were in full bloom, and in addition, the weather was simply stunning.

So I did what I had always planned to do. I had always wanted to film the Sakura around that area, but just never dedicated the time I needed to do that. Luckily, I had my camera with me, and I spent an hour or so getting footage around the five story pagoda, and then went to Gyokusenji temple, probably my favourite temple in Shonai.

So I realized, it helps to have a sort of list of things you’d like to do, even if it’s just in your mind, and things you can do if you get last minute cancellations. Not only does that help you get over the feelings of rejection, or I’ll feeling towards the person who cancels at the last minute, but you can also get something productive and hopefully creative out of it.

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.


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Tim.

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