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Pivotal moment in learning

You’re out snowboarding, fresh powder, bright sunny day, and you feel yourself about to tip over. The beginner would fall right over and get a fresh face full of snow. Not fun. But if you keep at it a bit, you realise that you have more control over whether you fall on your face or not. You realise that when you feel yourself tipping over, you can correct yourself, or at least attempt to. That’s a pivotal moment, the moment you take some control over your learning, and don’t leave everything up to fate.

These moments happen all the time when you’re learning new things. A bit of persistence, and also a bit of effort, and you can stop yourself from having an embarrassing fall. Now it’s just a matter of piecing these moments together, anticipating when they will come, and taking the correct course of action to avoid disaster. If you’ve done it right, you’ll know that while unpleasant, falling over is not nice, and that becomes motivation that helps you progress.

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.


Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.


Tim.

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