Japanese culture has this mysterious beauty about it that is unmatched. It brings forth a sense of belonging and calmness to anyone that explores it.
A Japanese concept that I am very fond of is ‘Ikigai’.
Ikigai refers to the search of “self”. A concept that talks about ‘a reason for being’. The word ‘ikigai’ is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life and all the things or elements that makes our life worthwhile.
The word translated to English roughly means ‘things that you live for’ or ‘the reason for which you wake up in the morning’. Everyone’s ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, value and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of that individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease.
Activities that allow one to attain ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
What are you waiting for? Find out all about your ikigai.
Until next time.