Read About Ikigai, the Japanese Secret to Better Living

Ikigai is our reason for being.  The sooner we learn to recognize it, the sooner we will be able to start to accomplish our function in life and move ahead without losing time. 
Read About Ikigai, the Japanese Secret to Better Living

Last update: 17 January, 2019

Ikigai is what is known as “the reason for being.”  The Japanese culture believes that each one of us possesses an ikigai.

This is an unknown word for many people. It’s a reference to that which gives meaning to our life. What is your goal in life? Why are you here?

This reason for being lives in each one of us. Actually, we are born with it. Nevertheless, there is a problem.

Even though we all possess ikigai, we don’t all find it.  This is a problem with ikigai. Some people take only months, others years, while others know their reason for existence since they were children.

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Search for ikigai and be happy

Search for ikigai and be happy

In the Japanese culture, it’s impossible not to be happy when you have found ikigai. You’ve found what makes your life meaningful. As a result, you get up each day with energy and in a good mood.

This is a problem which many people in Western Culture have. Very few people know their reason for existing.  Because of that, they act as if they are on autopilot.

They don’t savor life, but live on inertia.

Do you know how to look for your ikigai? Also, do you know if you’ve found it? Do you know what to do to keep from losing it?

Pay attention to these tips.

Follow your ikigai

Even though you may have found your ikigai right now, it’s important to know one thing: There’s a passion or talent that you haven’t noticed inside of you right now.

For example, maybe you haven’t noticed a special gift that you possess. Maybe you have a talent for motivating your friends. Then, perhaps your ikigai will turn you into a coach or motivational speaker.

Look inside yourself, which is your objective. Later, pursue your ikigai in each step you take.

Live in the moment

Live in the moment

As we’ve mentioned previously, there are many people who live on autopilot. This is not something that happens to those who know their reason to be here.

The reason to live in the moment is to put aside thoughts from the past and worries for the future.  These are occupying valuable space in your mind.

Try to practice mindfulness or some type of meditation. Maybe you’ll discover what gives meaning to your life when you least expect it.

Don’t settle, move forward

At times, we like to take vacations from doing anything. We simply may just want enough money so we can some day stop working and live.

However, spending and not doing anything that enriches yourself may turn into compete unhappiness with the passing of years. Don’t just settle in to your life.

Don’t settle for a mediocre job that doesn’t fulfill you. Also, don’t settle for relationships that don’t fulfill you. Make an effort, improve yourself, and move forward.

You have something to offer this world, so don’t waste time.

Read: 4 Reasons not to resign yourself to an unfulfilling relationship

Do what you love

Do what you love

What do you like to do? Do you like to ski, play an instrument, read, or travel? Do what you love and don’t make excuses. If you don’t, you will lose your ikigai and you will have to go back and find it.

At times, the “I don’t have time,” or “I’ll do it later ,”or “I don’t have the money,” excuses help us to procrastinate what we want to do here and now.

Maybe we believe that we’ll get around to doing it some day. In realty, however, it’s not like that. Do you remember that you have to live in the present?

Don’t postpone what you want to do, because it’s intrinsically linked to your purpose.

Take care of your surroundings

Your environment is very important. Surrounding yourself with nature, having healthy friendships near you, and being positive will help your ikigai.

Often, we complain and keep people around us who are toxic. Why? This doesn’t do us any good.

Take care of your surroundings and make sure you’re comfortable where you are. You’ll notice that everything is much simpler than it seems and that your ikigai is there, around the corner.

Have you found your reason to get up every morning? It’s not going to appear out of thin air if you don’t look for it and if you don’t take the initiative.

Lamenting and frustrating yourself will not help you. Start to be more positive, take baby steps, know yourself better, and when you least expect it, you will find out why you’re here in this world.

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