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Kisses of Kyoto | part II

quick note: Kisses of Kyoto will be a many part series... there is just too much good stuff. In the upcoming week I will be posting about: Arashiyama, Many Temples and Shines, The Philosophers Path, and more...

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Arashiyama is the most magical of places…

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It is hard not to feel a spirit so much greater than yourself… while nestled among the bamboo trees… feeling the weight of their presence stretching below you, next to you, above you… breathing in, symbiotically in tuned to the others purpose; silence.

It reminds me of a Buddhist parable I kept closely in my mind as I wandered Japan (paraphrased):

If you sit next to a tree

there is no stopping

your silence

and the trees silence

from becoming the same silence.

 

Inspirational to find such awe in the world around me.

I am a blessed man, and Tiberius, one blessed monkey.

 

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Japan Trip, Tiberius, Travel

Kisses of Kyoto | part I

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A week out of Japan and I return to the world of ‘the normal’. it is strange how quickly one can get used to the feeling of being part of something so much bigger than  yourself… and how quickly the death of routine can seep back into your soul.

 

Equilibrium | complacency | the good enough | the easy | the usual…. all names of the same, a certain sort of ‘giving-up’, a certain amount of surrender, and not the good kind…

 

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And so I sit here and think back to my time in Kyoto… oh the Beautiful is on display in this timeless slice of heaven. Never have I before felt so close to the Earth, so part of this living being I exist upon, living symbiotically… heartbeat for heartbeat.

 

But more about that later… let’s first start with pictures.