The chance to uketamo
Cognitive reappraisal is when you tell yourself that things that are happening that are inherently bad, can actually be good for you. The example Dan Ariely’s column gives is that nervousness from public speaking could also be construed as your body getting pumped up for it.
A common theme in my thoughts comes straight from Zen Buddhism, where things are neither good nor bad, they just are. This is the first part in Uketamo, or the Haguro Yamabushi philosophy of acceptance.
When something happens to you, don’t convince yourself it is inherently good or bad. Think of it as a chance to Uketamo. Skip the middle man, so to speak. This way you can more easily deal with the overwhelming, and can more easily move on.
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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