JAPAN DAY 8
Temples 17-19 29km
Total KM’s walked in Japan 111
Accumulative total KM’s walked 1618
Today was probably the hardest day I have had on the road since we left Australia for lots of reasons...the distance , road walking, getting of track, my mood, just to name a few reasons. The trail today was through the city of Tokushima . Everywhere you looked there was a 1000 things to see.....signage, buildings cars people it was so visually busy and so my mind followed. Busy world equals busy mind, with a busy mind comes stress, fatigue, anxiety and complete overwhelm. My mind was just going at a 100 miles an hour, even at the temples I couldn’t calm it. So tonight I sit in a hut on the side of the road cocooned from the outside world and ponder, is this why society has become so manic? As we have become more developed and our scenery has become busier have our minds struggled to keep up with the onslaught on the senses.? It is no coincidence that places like Japan where lots of people live in this frantic environment, practices such as Buddhism is very popular. A practice that teaches you to calm the mind through meditation. Japanese also prize their gardens, although many our small they are extremely beautiful. I have also noticed that in the cities there is always green space, apartments in the city have pots of flowers there is a real effort put into creating beauty.
To top the day off, we were suppose to stop at a 7/11 to resupply for tomorrow and get dinner tonight, well we couldn’t find the 7/11 so had to go to a normal shop which didn’t have the variety of prepared foods as 7/11 does. So tonight we have ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner, bread for breakfast, chicken and cheese rolls for lunch and noodles for dinner tomorrow night.
HIGHLIGHT: Temple 19 it really was very beautiful
LOWLIGHT: Me and my attitude today
Grateful for........................ it’s a struggle today to find anything as I feeling totally depleted so I will dig deep as I know there is always something to be grateful for and gratitude grows the more you use it. Gratitude is no different than anything else. Simply practice and you will get better at it.
So I am grateful for my friends, I don’t have many but the ones that I do are the best. I am grateful for my amazing family Sam my beautiful daughter, my mum and the Spunky Rooster. And last but not least I am grateful this life, with all its hardships and shitty days, I am grateful that we have the opportunity, the physical ability and the courage to take life by the horns and run with it.
Is gifts that are given to pilgrims along the way. It is believe that by giving to a pilgrim, one is actually giving to Kobo Daishi, so it is considered impolite to refuse an offer of osettai. By giving, the person becomes part of your pilgrimage. Osettai should be receive with no obligation and no way of repaying the giver. It should be received with a simple thank yo and a give the giver a name tag. This is a very humbling exercise.here to edit.