Finding your Ikigai

Ikigai, pronounced “ee-kee-gah-ee”, is a Japanese concept that means “reason for being”, “reason for waking up in the morning”, “joie de vivre (joy of living)”. 

Everyone, according to an old Japanese wisdom, has an ikigai.

In the Japanese culture, the path to one’s ikigai is based upon 5 pillars:

Starting small

Releasing yourself

Harmony & stability

The joy of small things

Being in the here and now

(mindfulness)

Source: Ken Mogi – The little Book of Ikigai – The essential Japanese way to finding your purpose in life – 2017

ikigai-diagram

Source: Marc Winn – http://theviewinside.me – 2014 

In the western culture, it is represented as the intersection between 4 circles.

What you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, what you can be paid for.

Whichever interpretation or representation we give to ikigai, identifying and finding it brings a unique self-understanding and a strong and rewarding feeling of happiness, wellness, fulfillment. It provides a deep sense of purpose.