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Genso No Mori: The Forest of Illusions in Tozawa Village, Yamagata

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The one constant

Our lives are inexplicably complex. I was thinking of how I would explain the situation I’m in to someone who doesn’t know me, and I just kept remembering layers and layers of stuff that is all important and all contributes to who I am right now. In short, it would take a very long time just to explain the basics.

So I gave up thinking about that. But this little exercise reminded me of the one constant. The one thing that we can always go back to, and the one thing that we can always rely on. Nature.

I do believe that the answer lies within, and I do believe that nature has the power to draw it out of us.

No matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what we are, nature has our back. In whatever situation you find yourself in, you find that you can always go back to nature to rediscover your inner self.

Knowledge of this one constant alone is encouraging. Knowledge that we always have something to fall back on, no matter how tough of a situation we find ourselves in. So when you’re feeling overwhelmed, get outside! It doesn’t matter how you do it, get outside and appreciate nature for all it does for us.

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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