Permission to step back
A close friend of mine was having trouble. It seems they were beating themselves up for not being good enough. If you give it a little perspective though, they’re in a tough situation for anybody, so it’s no doubt that they were feeling a bit overwhelmed.
In times like that, I said, it’s perfectly fine to give yourself a break. Sometimes that’s all you can do. Sometimes things just get too much, and all you can do is take a step back and let it unfold. If getting involved only clouds your judgment, then you have permission to take a step back.
This is why patience is so important. We don’t know what sort of situations others are in, so when they make a call for help, you have to be patient and just let them take their time to adjust. We should aim to be patient even when people don’t make a call for help, because they may not know that that’s what they should be doing.
If someone doesn’t understand your need to take a step back, maybe you don’t need their permission.
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.
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