Have you ever pondered what life means? Is it only living for a longer period? Or does it have a higher purpose to seek? Why are some people busy in their life fulfilling their desires and others are lavishly spending their life without having any purpose? Somewhere here we have already come across the word ikigai. Ikigai is a Japanese concept which roughly explains that it is “the happiness of always being busy”.
In this article, you will learn what ikigai means and how it is used.
What is IKIGAI?
According to Wikipedia, Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. It points to have a purpose in life which will make your life worthy. This feeling should be your own and you should be an active participant in your ikigai and only that will make you worthy and successful. Ikigai is the convergence of four primary elements, i.e., your passion, your mission, your vocation, and your profession.
Why do Japanese people believe so much in the concept of ikigai?
Every Japanese people believe that they have an ikigai in them. Ikigai is a hidden feeling that everyone has inside them. Some believe that they have already found their ikigai, whereas others are yet to find their ikigai which is already present in them. The Japanese believe that the reason for a greater number of centenarians present on Okinawa island than in any other place is the ikigai. They believe that ikigai has shaped their lives to a better shape. It refers to both mental and spiritual circumstances that make one feel like their life has a reason.
How will you find your ikigai?
There is a misconception among all of us that money can buy happiness. And that happiness can be in the form of a good job, a bungalow, or a car. But we are wrong. Money can give you a car and a bungalow but you will still not be happy if you don’t follow your passion. Here lies the ikigai.
To find your ikigai you need to chase your passion. Ask yourself a couple of questions like What do you love? What are you good at? What can you do for the world? Then you can find the medium through which you can express your passion.
In their book Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles break down the ten rules that can help anyone find their ikigai.
- Stay active and don’t retire
- Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life
- Only eat until you are 80 percent full
- Surround yourself with good friends
- Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise
- Smile and acknowledge people around you
- Reconnect with nature
- Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive.
- Live in the moment
- Follow your ikigai
How will you transform your realization?
We all have a purpose in life and we are striving to fulfill that purpose. But the overarching theme of all this is what the Japanese call “ikigai”. Ikigai is not only about chasing one’s passion, rather it is the need of the world, the skills that we are good at, and what people are willing to pay us for. When we shift our perspective towards the ikigai concept, we will be able to see everything from challenges to wins as opportunities to discover. This may closely relate to a concept called the Growth Mindset. This mindset is all about learning from the challenges you face and seeing failure as an opportunity to grow.
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