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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 4 and 5 Kyoto

I had to do a lot of the boring stuff like washing clothes and pack so my luggage didn’t weigh to much *yarn* 😀 It actually turned out to be quite a challenge since I’d almost 50 kg luggage when I arrived to Kyoto (some was food too) and had to reduce it to 37 kg. I’d to leave some stuff behind I wasn’t happy about but the world is still working 😉 As soon as that was done I left for Arashiyama in the western outskirt of Kyoto just by the foot of a mountain.

I was lucky again that JR-railway had a train out there so ones again my JR pass gave me a free ride. It took about 30 minutes to get there from the center of Kyoto.

First I went to the zen temple Tenryu-ji  and it had some spectacular temple rooms and an amazing zen-garden really to die for but unfortunately this clearly was a money machine for them in a way that made me leave without having seen it all. Every little thing cost and I prefer to buy a ticket and then I’ve access to it all. I don’t mind paying the price but when you for “every step” you take have to pay more I get irritated. In all a very beautiful place but I’ve seen more beautiful temples than this in Kyoto.

The Bamboo grove was just at the end of the Tenryu-ji famous garden and I came for the bamboo forest and I loved it. I love bamboos and even in rain weather it was still amazing.

On the way back I went through the shopping area and walked the bridge to the other side to get some interesting pictures and it was really lovely. It’s a tourist street but in the cute country way.

I had one of those clumsy days so I managed to poke several people with my umbrella 😀 fortunately Japanese are very polite and the tourists didn’t say anything 😀

I also managed to see the imperial palace and to my huge surprise the out door area around the castle was open to the public. It was so interesting to be inside the wall and get a glimpse of the lifestyle. The biggest surprise was that it was free in spite of all the staff they had on the place. Even without entrance to the castle it had been amazing just seeing the garden around.

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 4+5 in Tokyo – ninja training + a surprising offer

It’s some intense days and day 4 in Tokyo I’d to take it easy because I was exhausted and had been invited to a Ninja Restaurant by Hiro a friend from Tokyo.

Since I’d to be out of the hotel each day between 10 and 17 I chose to go and sit in Starbucks by the famous crossing in Shibuya. It turned out to be a really good choice since it was heavy rain (typhoon). When I arrived to Shibuya station several staff members was shouting a lot in japanese and a lot of staff members was trying to keep the water away from the platform so nobody slipped. Down under by a few doors they used sandbags to keep the water out of an office. People was wet and there were a lot of umbrellas around in the few bins there were.

After starbucks I went to one of the biggest shopping centers a few stations away and bought a rain poncho because the umbrella wasn’t much help any way. On the way back to Nihombashi where I stayed the train was stopped because of the typhoon. Fortunately most of the way from Tokyo station to the hotel is under ground and there were nobody in the streets but under ground it was so crowded.

Still the typhoon wasn’t worse than a nice little storm in Denmark – Nothing we would be alarmed about.

Back at the hotel at 17 I got in at last and hurried with a bath and nice clothes and then I met Hiro in the lobby. So wonderful to meet an old friend again. He took me to a Ninja restaurant where we was put into ninja practice with passwords, signs, magic, amazing food and staff. It’s a long time ago I had such an amazing evening where I could talk about everything.

The next day – my last day in Tokyo I wanted to take a boat to Asakusa but the typhoon was still on so no boats. Therefore I chose to go to Ueno Park and had a wonderful afternoon until my sandals gave in but it was a good place because there was a market just by the station and I found some light shoes instead.

On the way back to the train station a very well dressed man stopped me and gave me a magazine. It looked very innocent outside with some Japanese text on and a pack of cleenex. Back at the hotel I used google translate to read the text and there I got a surprise because it was advertisement on sexual massages for women. I must admit that is the first time I got that kind of offers and since I was staying at a capsule hotel I’d no private life so late in the evening I sneaked out to the bin and trashed it packed into another magazine 😀

 

Day 1 and 2 in Tokyo

The first day I arrived in the evening so much day it wasn’t but I found the hotel and love it. I found some food and went to bed.

Day two was a wizard day – the only plan I had was to find the tourist office and then take it from there since it was pouring down. I didn’t understand where people were on the street but I found a system of under ground streets and there people were, lots of shops and very efficient. Since I started my day a little late I went for lunch and found a fruit restaurant where I got beef with fruit and rice. It actually tasted amazing.

At the tourist office I got a city map and decided to visit a very famous hot spring / onsen in the area of Obaida. I also learned that I can ride for free in the JR lines because of my Japan Rail Pass.

Going to the Obaida area was a good choice since it wasn’t raining there. The onsen was easy to find but since I’ve two very small tattoos I was asked to leave so that was a bummer but nothing is so bad that it’s not good. The area was amazing and got some good pictures. I got my feet done, got a new umbrella since the old one died suddenly.

Around 16 I took the boat back to the mainland and enjoyed the incredible view from the water front. From there I found the subway and went to a huge temple where there was a ceremony and 10 monks was chanting. It was so uplifting to listen to. After I went to the Tokyo Tower where I reach to get up before the daylight disappeared. Up in the tower mayhem was on because they were producing a TV-show but I found a place to sit and waited for the darkness so I got pictures in the night too.

Since it was a long day and it had started raining again, therefore I headed back to the hotel, but first I needed some more food. It was so happy when I was in my cell again because I had been walking a lot and my legs and bag was hurting and needed the rest 😀

Tokyo is definitely a big city and the mentality of people is different but they are still very helpful when I ask for help.

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.

Route 66 the eastern part

route66road copyThis is history big time and I’m following the route because my father rode it back in the 60’es.

Now a lot of the towns between Oklahoma and Texas are ghost towns. Some I’ve stopped in and got some amazing photos others I’ve just driven through. In the towns which are still active they often have motels, restaurants, route 66 museums and other amazing attractions.

Riding this route I can see the glory days there have been even though a lot of the motels, houses and shops are deserted. It has been thriving on the traffic before the interstate came and some of the towns has been very beautiful. Some of them still are very beautiful and in some states/areas they have made it a pride to make their town look beautiful to drive though with flags, flowers etc. because they are proud of their place.

Even though it’s somehow sad I’m really fascinated by the ghost towns because like the road kills they tell a story about life. There where people used a lot of time in diners, motels, car shops etc. from a time where things didn’t have to happened so fast where thing took the time things took.

Outside the towns/cities there is a lot of nature to see on the road and there is hardly any traffic so it’s possible to stop and take pictures or just enjoy the route or just stretch the legs. Beside that there are a lot of attractions on the way and you’ll find them on the internet. There are pages just for that so do what you find awesome. I’ll be going to have many stops on the way when I get a little longer west but it’s tornado season so I just want to get out of the hot-spot right now since I’m not used to living in places frequented by those guys.

Be aware that not all GPS systems has the route any more so I had to buy a map on a museum and still it can be hard to follow it all the way but with a little help from google maps on my mobile, my GPS and the 66 map I bought I get it most of the time.

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