Ikigai - finding our purpose...

I have been reading such great books this year and this one is just beautiful and deeply profound in it's simplicity.  The Japanese Secret to a long and happy life.  I feel this is so in line with me finding art late in my life.  I'm so grateful for this gift and I want to read it again, immediately.


Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning.  When we spend our days feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, we live more fully, when we lose the connection, we feel despair.  Modern life estranges us more and more from our true nature, making it very easy for us to lead lives lacking in meaning.  Powerful forces and incentives distract us on a daily basis, don't let them take over your life.


10 Rules of Ikigai:-

  1. Stay active, don't retire
  2. Take it slow
  3. Don't fill your stomach
  4. Surround yourself with good friends
  5. Get in shape for your next birthday
  6. Smile
  7. Reconnect with nature
  8. Give thanks
  9. Live in the moment
  10. Follow your Ikigai

Life is not a problem to be solved.  Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.