TIM BUNTING

KIWI YAMABUSHI

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Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

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The Sense to Sense

  1. Put yourself in nature.
  2. Sense.
  3. Reflect on what you sense.

This is the core of Yamabushi training, but by no means must you be a Yamabushi to do so.

The sense to sense is understanding that sometimes all we need is to go out into nature, to let nature do all the work, and to let nature restore us to our true state.

In Yamabushi training we have a form of meditation named ‘tokogatame’. ‘Toko’ means floor, or the ground we stand on. ‘Gatame’ comes from ‘katame’, to harden or solidify.

In Tokogatame, the idea is simply to be in the moment, to solidify your spot on the earth, so to speak. This can be done with open or shut eyes, standing or sitting, or even wandering around. All that’s important is your focus on being in the moment.

This focus on being in the moment is the sense to sense. Those who have done it understand just how powerful this simple exercise can be.

Why not give it a try? All you need to do is to focus on being in the moment, away from distractions, and away from civilization, if you can.

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.


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Tim.

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