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What it’s all about:
Ikigai is a Japanese phenomenon commonly understood as “your reason to get up in the morning.” It can be something as simple as a cup of coffee or as complex as a fulfilling job.
There are 5 pillars of Ikigai:
- Starting small – focus on the details.
- Releasing yourself – accepting who you are.
- Harmony & sustainability – relying on others.
- The joy of little things – appreciate sensory pleasure.
- Being in the here & now – find your flow.
The author weaves together Japanese history, philosophy, and modern culture to show us how to awaken our Ikigai.
I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan. I really love Japanese culture and in Awakening Your Ikigai, Ken talks a lot about it. I found it really interesting. I also really love the concept of Ikigai, and I feel like it’s something everyone wants in life. I mean, a reason to get up each morning is important!
Hygge and Ikigai and mindfulness are trendy nowadays – you read about them everywhere. And that’s great! But I think it’s really interesting that concepts like these have existed in Japan for centuries and it’s become so ingrained into their culture that they don’t need to practice mindfulness or train themselves to see the good in everything. It’s just part of who they are, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
The whole book held my interest, from start to finish. The chapters cover topics such as sensory beauty, creativity, finding your purpose, and more. It’s filled with so much advice on how to be more content with your life. I’ve honestly been struggling with depression lately and it sort of helped to change my perspective. It’s really possible to find joy in all of the small day-to-day things that we tend to take for granted.
This book also really helps you figure out what’s most important to you in life, what things make you happy. Whether it’s your hobbies, your family, your career, or whatever else. It encourages you to work on those things with no expectation of reward or anything in return. This is how you find true happiness within yourself.
If the concept of Ikigai seems like something you’d be interested in, I definitely recommend giving this book a read. Not only will you be motivated to find your own true happiness, but you’ll also learn a lot about Japanese history and culture. As the new year is coming up, so many of us are setting goals, making plans, and trying to change things. This book can definitely help you out with that! 🙂
Have you read/heard of this book? Do you want to read it? Leave a comment and let me know!