The sensation in my skull is both a tingling feeling and a sound, which buzzes and rings. It is constantly present and has always existed in the background of my awareness, although I only became fully aware of it a couple of decades ago. I sense it when I want and ignore it when I... Continue Reading →
(Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji - Distance: 18.2kms. Walking time 6hrs 25mins to 9hrs 40mins. Elevation 82m to 688m to 374m) Previous Post - Walking the Kumano Kodo: Midday of Day 1 (Thursday 26 September), Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji. The Kumano Kodo trail followed the road behind Chikatsuyu-oji and past a primary school. On the school grounds was... Continue Reading →
(Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji - Distance: 18.2kms. Walking time 6hrs 25mins to 9hrs 40mins. Elevation 82m to 688m to 374m) Previous Post - Walking the Kumano Kodo: Morning of Day 1 (Thursday 26 September), Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji. The Kumano Kodo trail continued behind Takahara. Leaving the village, Mik, Patrick and I climbed steeply for another two... Continue Reading →
(Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji - Distance: 18.2kms. Walking time 6hrs 25mins to 9hrs 40mins. Elevation 82m to 688m to 374m) Previous post - Walking the Kumano Kodo: Planning and Preparation. My two mates, Mik and Patrick, and I stayed at Kodo-no-Mori Minshuku the night before we began our walk. This minshuku is located beside Takijiri-oji, the... Continue Reading →
I recently walked the Kumano Kodo. Although challenging in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The following is an account of my four-day trek. I hope this description of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Kumano Kodo will be useful to other hikers who are thinking about undertaking this famous, and increasingly popular, pilgrimage... Continue Reading →
I see a new sunrise. I feel joy at this sight. And I feel gratitude for being given this moment of life.
I know this - I am alive. This is my starting point for delving into reality.
My biology determines my desires and interests. I look at people, I talk to people, and I listen to people because they interest me. I am attracted to them. I don't look at dirt nor do I listen to dirt because dirt doesn't interest me. My biology shapes my consciousness and my consciousness is bound... Continue Reading →
Sometimes art can only be perceived by the artist.
Ah... the joy of this moment as I lay my head on my pillow just before I fall asleep. I savour this moment every evening, this moment of temporary freedom. I wonder how many other workers experience this same moment?
God created the universe and from His virtues fashioned laws to bind the universe. He created physical laws to control the movements of the stars, the orbits of the planets, and the rising and the falling of the seas. And He created moral laws so that the living grow, societies prosper, and humanity evolves. Without... Continue Reading →
The capacity of a word to describe the complexity of an emotion is limited. We use boulders to describe pebbles.
The body must learn self-discipline to achieve happiness. It must be strengthened. It must learn new skills and practice those skills so that it grows stronger. Only then can the body and the mind achieve freedom and walk the straight path. Only then are we happy. The Straight Path: A Religious Guide to Finding and... Continue Reading →
Is not seeking personal enlightenment the most selfish of goals?
The lazy are not happy nor are the greedy nor the lustful. They gain satisfaction from bodily delights, but these impulses are not happiness. They are a brief respite in the darkness. They weaken the mind's control over the body and weaken the body itself. A body chained to desire is lethargic and lacks the... Continue Reading →