The Comparison of Normals: The Key to Appreciation
Yamabushi training takes you away from normal everyday life, at least in the sense that it takes you away from modern society. Yamabushi training itself is also a part of normal everyday life.
So when I say ‘it’s precisely because we are taken away from our normal, we are able to more greatly appreciate our normal’, I am wrong (as Master Hoshino likes to remind me).
There are different normals. There is the normal everyday life that we have in society, and there is the normal everyday life we have as Yamabushi in the mountains.
It’s not one versus the other, it’s both. At the same time.
So it’s not being taken away from normal that leads to the appreciation, it’s the comparison of normals. And that leads to Ikigai.
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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