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Things that bother only us

Today’s swim was a bit tough. 3 100s into my 12 100s set, someone jumped into my lane and began swimming. I had to push it for a little to overtake them, for fear of not making it in time had I slowed down for them. What ended up happening was that I made the 3rd hundred fine, but I had pushed myself too hard, and I really had to try hard to stay on time for the remainder (I only just made it btw).

The funny thing was, the dude that jumped into my lane had no idea that he had seriously bothered my swim. All the other lanes had more than one person in them, so they really had no choice. They could have chosen to wait to gauge my pace, which I always try to do to other people, but they didn’t and just jumped in my lane.

It’s funny how some things can bother us no end, and not even phase other people. It just goes to show how insignificant we can be in other people’s lives. I wonder how much I bother other people…

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


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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