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New routines – think smart

In the 45 days I stayed at the temple I got a new routines like meditation, yoga, supplements, diet , walking a lot and low-stress lifestyle, which I really need to keep going.

It’s so easy to implement new habits and routines, while living in a protected world like the temple, where everything is based on having these healthy habits. Sticking to them outside in the real world is a challenge.

Practically  it’s challenging since I’ve got a steady place to live yet here in Sydney. Therefore every day is filled with a massive amount of new impressions, new people and using a lot of the time on the process of getting settled. Keeping up the new routines will be a lot easier when I get a steady place, where I’ve my stuff around me and easy to access. Until then I just have to do the best I can.

The easiest thing to do is the supplements and the food (here in Bondi there are healthy food stores all over the place). The yoga has become the greatest challenge since I need space and peaceful surroundings, but now I’ve a mat so on dry days I can go to the roof of the hostel or the beach to practice. The meditation has been a challenge, but this morning I went for a walk in the rain and put on my theta wave music – that worked wonders – just like using it in the evening just before bed time.

When I get my “own” space (probably a shared flat or a room) – my morning routine takes about 1 hour beside breakfast and personal stuff. Yes I’ll have to get up early in general, but that is not a problem for me.  I need access to a good kitchen, refrigerator, live close to organic stores, hot water washer, not waste too much time on transportation and be able to get early to bed (quiet place). I really hope to live in walking distance to the school maybe 15-20 minutes so I’ve some walking Incorporated in my day. Why do it the hard way if you can do it the smart way ;).

I don’t know about you guys but it’s possible, but it takes effort and smart thinking. Getting as much as possible incorperated in the daily routine so it also frees time to the fun stuff 🙂

I know I’ve to do this because the benefits make a huge difference in my life and I might actually get a life free of any symptoms from my dyspraxia. Again it’s about smart thinking and long term thinking in this case long term isn’t that long since I already experiences a huge difference from before I stayed at the temple. 🙂

Later on I can add more like trigger point and starting studying in the evening beside work but first I’ve to make the foundation for my new life work. It’s like building a house. If the foundation is solid and good the house will last and will be easy to maintain 🙂

 

Day 3 – Unforgettable Kyoto

This became one of those days I’ll never forget. Before I left the studio I rent I manifested to meet people who would help me out.

My day started with quite a rush because I’d to send postcards and a parcel before the guided tour in Kyoto started at 10.

The walking tour around Kyoto is 5 hours and I had it recommended from Daniela (an amazing lady staying at the retreat). This tour was really amazing and the guide knew so much about the city. We saw the mother ship of temples, different shrines, a fan shop, a candy shop (it’s art here), the building where Nintendo started and much more. It was so worth the money.

We were 10 people on the tour and I met a couple on their honeymoon and the lady was a surgeon and suddenly she began to ask questions and I got some really important help according to my health. I learned that a social health system is good if you have things that is “normal” but if you are a little outside the box the American system is much better.

Beside that I met Shigeco on the tour – an amazing local lady – she was on the tour to learn about her own city. She asked me after the tour if I wanted to spend time with her and then she helped me get a second hand kimono in the old fashion traditional colours. The best of all is that second hands kimonos looks like new but cost so little. Then she used several hours on guiding me around in the area around Gion and I saw some amazing shrines, the Kiemizu-deta temple and walked in some old streets. One of the shrines was for relationships and I had to walk with closed eyes from one stone to another without help and I did it. Therefore I now should have my loved one heading in my direction 🙂

I’d planned to take the evening tour around Gion with the Walk Kyoto but I lost track of time with Shigeco so instead I went to  the light festival at the Shimogamo Shrine and it was so mind blowing walking though the forest towards the shrine and all the trees was coloured by light while a soft music from singing balls surrounded me.

Then I headed back to the studio to eat -but I can tell you my feet hurt like hell after a 12 hours with just a few breaks, but it was all worth it 🙂

Day 1 and 2 Kyoto – the old days and a major achievement

Yesterday I took the Shinkansen to Kyoto and I love riding trains especially the super express trains here in  Japan. Since there was promised heavy rain I took a cap and was surprised in the good way just under 700 yen for a 10 minutes drive. Amazing.

I got installed in my studio with my own kitchen and a top modern place with my own washer and the shower is also a tub and a dryer.

Since I only have 4 whole days here I went to the Gion district just 10 minutes walk from here and walked the streets with the old houses and a huge amount of shrines. A lot of the locals wore the traditional kimonos and that made the whole experience so authentic.

Back at the guesthouse I enjoyed to have my own kitchen and afterwards I made my own onsen with the tub, epsom salt and essential oils.

Today I went to take a Kyoto walk but I’d forgotten to read the whole brochure and therefore I didn’t know that the tour only was on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. OK that shouldn’t ruin my day so I took the train to Inari and hiked to the top of Fushimi with all the orange gates. It was 37 degrees Celsius and still I walked in a good pace all the way up and down with no short cuts. My legs was shaking on most of the way down but I walked and I did it. For me this was  a major achievement since I couldn’t sit and walk back in 2011.

After I found a cat cafe in Inari where I’d go. I just had to try it. The cats wasn’t that social but I found one that wasn’t sleeping. It was fund though.

Back in Kyoto I went up in the Kyoto tower to see the city from above and it was amazing because several places the sun broke though the sky as huge beams.

After that it was grocery shopping and back to my studio.

 

Let me present: Pierre Black

IMG_6690This unique fellow (the guy in the picture with the hat) has in just a few weeks made a major impact on my life.

I’d now idea about who Pierre Black was before I arrived at the Zen Retreat at the temple near Kozaki. Pierre is a naturapath specialised in diet, CST (cranial sacral therapy) and energy work. This guy is interested in the scientific researched angle. Nutrition wise he uses a mix of ayurvetic and Chinese medicin combined with genetics so he makes a diet that is realistic to follow and which takes you native habits in consideration.
He has a very direct approach which I appreciate because beating around the bushes doesn’t change things.

For the first time my reactions to food has become logic and it has been such a relief. A lot of the problems I’ve, which danish doctors have denied exist or just made mental is now connected to problems with my immune system and digestion and by eating the right diet and supplements it’s already changing.

Beside that for the first time I’ve been taught how to train my body after my body constitution and it makes so much sense and it’s a huge relief to hearing a person telling me what I’ve sensed on many areas but was told was just because I had to get into the habit and ignore the signal.

The first he did was making some adjustments to my diet and putting me on two supplements which strengthens the immune system and digestion.

Then he helped me get more grounded. The life I’ve had since 2011 has been one big crock pot of stressful experiences so when I arrived to the temple I was exhausted and I had a hard time relaxing and getting a good night sleep. I started using theta-wave music and experimenting with different kinds of meditation. Until a racoon took our pet duck, I had the responsibility for taking care of the duck both according to take time petting her and feeding her and that was major quality time for me.

A bit into my stay Pierre also started speeding up the healing of my nerve lanes in the body (got damaged after a flue in 2011) with CST and DIY ayurvetic oil massage with an oil blend added frankincense and st. johns wort. I got so surprised because when he practice his cranio sakral therapy og energy work this huge man gets so gentle and kind that I felt safe putting my head in his hand and I don’t trust easy.

In the “few” weeks I was on the temple it made a huge difference f.ex. I’ve no more heat flashes going on, I feel more grounded. Beside that I know a lot now and I can handle a lot on my own before I need help and that is so amazing. Pierre has given me new hope that I can get a really good life.

I can highly recommend Pierre Black as a practitioner.

Since I lived at the temple for 45 days I also got to know Pierre in private and as a person I’ve experienced him as direct but also very kind, caring and ready to help people. While I was at the temple I’d a rock to lean on and that was a huge gift to just being able to let go of the usual life for 45 days and being able to concentrate on getting the foundation for my life started in a good way.

Thank you for all your help.

Day 3 in Tokyo

Woke up early and got yoga etc. done and ready go leave at 9 am. I love sleeping in my cell and staying here at the hotel because it’s like a vacuum. I’ve no idea of what is going on outside and they have this amazing calming Japanese music playing very softly and silently in the main areas. It doesn’t matter what is going on outside.

My legs were still a bit weird from too much walking yesterday but no mercy here. I’m in Tokyo so my dyspraxia just has to obey me today 😀 Therefore I decided to go to the Imperial castle, Shibuya area and then the Ueno area.

The emperor was home so most of the park was closed but what I saw was so beautiful and it was only 10 minutes walk from the hotel. To save my legs I took the subway to Shibuya and I must admit I had no idea of what waited me. I had seen pictures but the is the most organized mayhem I’ve ever experienced. So many shops, cafes and you name it they probably got it. I found a place called Fresh burgers where I got a naked avocado burger, lemon water and salad. Perfect meal.

I went to see the park in the area and there was a Latin Festival – I felt so lucky and I must admit I love the music. There was a fair too with lots of food, clothes, drinks etc. to look at while listening to latin music. I must admit I felt like dancing 😀

Since I needed to wash my clothes today I had to be back at the hotel about 17ish I had to skip Ueno, so I left and looked at the park just behind but there was so crowded with japanese having a well deserved day off.

Therefore I began to walk home to find a convenient store to buy dinner but on the way I got a bit distracted by a gigantic shrine. I had to look into that and then I went back to the hotel after shopping food.

Jiho the monk on the temple would be happy to see my meal. Shashimi, shisu leaves, water melon and salad. It was awesome and I could eat it while waiting on my clothes to get washed.

One minus about living at a capsule hotel I experienced today – I needed something from my luggage that I had no chance of foresee. Since my luggage is locked up at the reception so I only have the most important stuff in my cell locker I had to bother the staff to get my luggage, then get it up to my floor and repack my stuff and then down again to deliver it once again. But in all it works very well. Every day at 17 when I can return to the hotel everything is clean and new. There is waiting a new set of clothes for me etc. I love it 🙂

Living at a temple

This has been an amazing and life changing experience, which I haven’t been close to another place.

This Zen retreat is one of the few, where foreigners are accepted and allows long-term stay. You also become a part of the place and are expected to participate actively in the temple life.

Our basic daily schedule looked like this:
My alarm went of at 5:00 – yes together with the chickens 😉
5:30 the monk start chanting and this half our is the best time of the day for me.
6:00 Meditation
7:00 Tea time and private time (bath time etc.)
8:00 Yoga
9:00 Work started (all from domestic work, preparing rooms for new arrivals, chopping wood, weeding, collection vegetables from the garden, projects like building shelters that are “typhoon” safe, gathering bamboo from the forest)
11:00 Cooking, lunch and dishes
13:00 Private time – but most of the time we went on excursions, napped, had activities at the temple, did private stuff etc..
17:00 cooking, dinner and dishes
19:00 2 hours of social/private time – and also the time where treatments were done
21:00 Quiet time – most of the time we went to sleep if we wasn’t sleeping already.

2-3 times a week we went to the local onsen (hot spring) at 16:00.
1-3 times a week we went on longer excursions so we skip yoga and start working early and leave early to f.ex. Yufuin, Usuki or Beppu.

Oita was where we go to do our shopping which couldn’t be done in the local area and to get massages when the body is to beaten up. They have amazing shops.

I stayed 45 days and now I miss sleeping on futons, sitting on the floor and having access to squat toilets 😀 funny how fast habits can change or rather how fast my body realized that this was really good for me.

During my stay I learned a lot both about nutrition according to body constitutions, different types of meditation, which types of exercise that suits my body constitution, posture and mental training over to the more basics like chopping bamboo in the forest, caring for a duck, cooking Japanese food, Zen gardening, Wabi sabi (seeing the perfection in the imperfect), healthy lifestyle, Japanese lifestyle and mentality (no wonder they can be tough cookies but also is amazingly helpful and caring), unity in society etc.

All this has made me look at a lot of things in different ways and I’ve already made changes or rather major changes in my life that I are going to stick to. When I get my own place I’ll have futon’s instead of beds if possible, use the practice of sitting on the floor etc. (I saw people in their 90’s squatting with the heals in the ground – guys we so limit our bodies and lives big time by the way we live).

Right now I’m sitting in the common area on the hostel on a chair with cross legged because it strengthen my core, is more healthy and I actually prefer to do this now by reflex 😀

The best part has been seeing the wabi sabi practiced in the home, garden, lifestyle yes a lot of places. Things doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful which a lot of Western people has been taught by society.

At the same time I got 45 days where I could relax and I had people that cared about me and I had a network which was so nurturing for my heart and soul to experience. I’ve got in contact with some amazing people and I’ve got some new friends and a network to take with me and I so appreciate that.

I hope I can return sometime or in time maybe work on a retreat like this.

Today my adventure begins

Yesterday I got a good lesson from my body – called listen to yourself.

I started this road trip to honour my parents and to get to know my father better but it seems like this also becomes the road trip where I get to know me better 😉

When I’ve a goal I usually follow it up and work hard but this is not about the goal, it’s about the trip and enjoying myself. I must admit that is a new thing for me in this way so I’m learning valuable lessons.

On my first day I drove the whole day and I was tired when I arrived but that was planned. Therefore the second day I went to Niagara Falls and just took it easy (it’s about 30 minutes from Buffalo where I stayed). Then my plan was to go to Oklahoma city in long “6 hours ride a day” stretches on the interstate because after that my fathers trip really takes off.

Yesterday I just realised that since my cold allergy is of I’ve to take care of myself (the plane ride was freezing and New York wasn’t better). My father took this trip in his way and on his circumstances and I’m not him. I just wanted to make this trip precisely as his but this morning in the bath I began to think what my parents would have wanted … They both would have wanted me to have a trip I enjoy and where I do what is right for me and take care of myself and my needs. Therefore today I’ll go and take highway 40 instead of the interstate and take a “slower” ride on my terms. Even though I made stops on every rest area yesterday driving on the interstate is tiring. That’s why I’m start my own adventure today instead of hunting a shadow – I’ll duplicate my fathers trip and make it my own.

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