What is Ikigai?
Updated: Jul 26, 2019
I have become very interested in ikigai concept since I was introduced to it by Dave Rogers back in 2017 December when we met in a mastermind group initiated by him. It has resonated with me such that I realised that I am on a journey towards ikigai. For the rest of the months, I kept going to my inner-self to reflect and ask the Universe some questions.
I was at a crossroad, thinking a lot of what I want my life to be about. Every December is my reflection time and setting goals for the next year. This description of ikigai expresses my thoughts and what I am doing now. I may have experiences, insights and learnings to share and sometimes I can't put them into simple words like wikipedia did. Here you go:
This is what I found from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Ikigai is a Japanese term for "a reason for being." The word 'Ikigai' usually refers to the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. The word roughly translates to the 'thing that you live for" but it also has the nuance of 'the reason for which you wake up in the morning" similar to a daily purpose. Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel 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.
One week from January 2019, I was fortunate to have my daughter helped me with this website. We worked day and nite virtually as she live in Perth. We were so excited that we worked right through New Year!
I wanted to do something different for 2019, so I add value by initiating a Saturday 2 hours walk, which personally benefitted me as I wanted to be fitter, healthier and happier. To inspire and empower people, I deem it as a contribution by helping people who also want the same thing to join me. Hopefully they could also look for their own ikigai. The Japanese believe that by finding your ikigai, you can achieve a happier, more balanced life ...ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that loosely translates to “a reason for being”. Some may call this their life's mission, their reason for getting out of bed looking forward to a meaningful day. My personal experience was to start with knowing my values and living it. I enjoyed helping my clients set their goals to align with their values, so this walk would start with knowing each other better and connect through the shaded walk along the board walk in MacRitchie. It started on January 5, 2019.
This ikigai journey has helped me to move to focus on doing things I love, things that the world needs and what I love to do. It seems that I am attracted to share, learn and grow. Things that are important to me energised me. Self-empowerment is my core value and getting more fit and healthy means eating more healthy nutrient dense food, and it is my main focus now. Giving talks, workshops and writing and sharing my stories enables me to focus on what is important to me. And bring others who want the same along. I believe that a community of like-minded people is meaningful and fulfilling.