We caught the bullet train from Tokyo for around 1/2 then another really quaint train up to a mountain village called Gora to stay in a true Japanese ryokan style hotel. Amazing Japanese experience.amost m #gorahakone#japan#amazingexperience#ryokan#lovelife ❤️
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足湯プールで夏の暑さを吹き飛ばしましょう✨😆 Its a summer events.
On My Commitment to UNCONDITIONAL Happiness in 2019 .
📸.... wanna see what a Japanese bath looks like? We reserved this one privately (thus the video). This one is at the gorgeous @kaiyu_inn .
“If you could challenge yourself to live as though it were your last week, your mind may come up with all kinds of suppressed desires. It may start talking about all the things that you’ve always wanted to do, and you may think you had better go do them. You will soon see that’s not the answer. You have to understand that it is your attempt to get special experiences from life that makes you missed the actual experience of life. I was not something you get; it’s something you experience. Life exists with or without you. It has been going on for billions of years. You simply get the honor of seeing a tiny slice of it. If you’re busy trying to get something, you will miss the slice you’re actually experiencing. Every one of life’s experiences is different, and every experience is worth having.” Michael Singer, “The Untethered Soul”
I OFTEN get caught up believing I am responsible for failing to live life WELL or FULL enough. In my eyes I am always failing at this (and will always fail, let’s be honest). Coming back to myself is acknowledging my life is right here and the next small step I will take. It is irrelevant what others have done or where I think I should be. NOTHING in life is personal. Coming back home to myself is also my being conscious of how often I WILL CONTINUE to forget this and that that is OKAY! Michael Singer’s book is the only book I have ever continued to pick up and reread chapters at random because they are so helpful. This is because for me, it isn’t information, it is transformation.
Do you have a favorite book which you reread in part or in entirety repeatedly like this? For spiritual reasons or other reasons? If so, which book and what do you continue to get out of it on going?
Our lounge space is currently under renewal and the overall decoration of our ryokan is going to improve in the upcoming days.
This traditional cloth will make our lounge look more cosy. What do you think?
This morning we held a tea ceremony with a fun couple from Australia with a deep interest in Japanese culture.
They were surprised by the complicated rules and etiquette needed even for simple actions like opening screen doors and handling a tea bowl but said that it all helped to make the experience feel more magical.
The hot and humid weather means it is also time to use the Natsu-Chawan, summer tea bowls with their wide openings and gently sloping sides that allows the matcha to stay at a good temperature in the summer heat.
It was a fun experience for everyone and my first tea ceremony for a little while so I had lots to try and remember!