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What are you waiting for?

Last week when we were doing Yamabushi training there was one particular point where I was taken aback by the sheer simplicity of everything.

It’s impossible to truly understand this without being there, but at one point we were having a short rest (Shokyushi) at the base of Haguro-san.

And that’s it.

That’s all we were doing, taking a short break.

But I became antsy wondering when we would get a move on and finish the last part of training.

That’s when I realised. Or at least that’s when Master Hoshino helped me realise. Instead of waiting there for something to happen, stop and take everything in. We were in the middle of a forest with an amazing river and waterfall surrounding us, it doesn’t get much better than that. No need to hurry on to the next thing, or to hurry up and finish things.

It’s the journey not the destination, but sometimes the destination is all we can think about and we forget to stop and enjoy the journey.

So that’s what we were waiting for.

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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