Must be wondering what is this Ikigai? what does it mean and what it is all about?
Let’s try to unfold the mystery.
Do you know what you love to do?
Do you know what you are good at?
Do you know what you want to do to earn?
What you want to become?
Answers to these four questions is your ikigai.
Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a wonderful Japanese concept that essentially means “a reason for being.” It's combination of two words: iki, meaning “life” and gai, meaning “effect, result, worth or benefit.” Together it “a reason for living.” Ikigai helps discovers meaning of your life not create the one.
It is all about finding reason for being and finding joy in life through purpose.
Ikigai gives reason for getting up in the morning and follow your dreams.
According to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding Ikigai is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Ikigai shows us how to leave urgency behind, find purpose, nurture friendships and throw ourselves into your passions.
Seeking out a purpose.
According to Japanese culture, everyone has ikigai. It indicates the value that one finds in their life or the things that make someone feel like their life is valuable. It refers to both mental and spiritual circumstances that make one feel like their life has reason.
What really sings for me about ikigai is that it’s interchangeable. It’s unique to every individual and acknowledges that the idea of “happiness” is actually quite elusive. Ikigai, as a concept, is able to develop as you do. If one path of purpose ceases to exist, you can adapt, change and pursue new passions with purpose. Ikigai creates platforms for that.
There are many different facets to ikigai, but there is one fundamental part to it that really works: Even if your present doesn’t feel right, if you don’t feel truly valuable in your current state but you have a strong goal you’re striving towards, then you have found your Ikigai.
Let us find out our Ikigai today and celebrate reason for life…