Having a great impact of this book on me, I have decided to have a series on the Ikigai as a part of my Alexa campaign. The ikigai discovery. Series 2 – Your reason for being. We all have a reason to live. Some have found them and working towards it and while some are still in search of it.
According to the people of Japan, everyone has an Ikigai! Ikigai is something that we love doing, which would help us make money out of it, something which you are good at. And sometimes your Ikigai can be useful for others also.
Don’t you all agree that this Ikigai is hidden inside us?! Yes, but the challenge is to find it and keep consistent with it. It might take many wrong guesses for us to discover our reason for being. But as they say, passion drives it out, anyway!
Ikigai has no retirement:
In the book, the authors explain, how having a clear vision of your ikigai brings you happiness and satisfaction which will not let you retire nor leave the work that you love and thus finding meaning in your life.
And how true is this, we don’t think to retire from something that we love doing. Or retire from something that brings us joy. True right??
The 80% secret:
“Hara Hachi Bu” is the common saying in Japan which means, Fill your belly to 80%. Hara Hachi Bu is usually repeated before or after eating. It is like a kind of reminder for people not to eat till they are full.
Even though in western this is not followed much. It is left to people to follow it. The main aim of this Hara Hachi bu is to avoid overeating and make the body go through the long digestion process which would result in cellular oxidation.
While the Hara Hachi bu is just one of the topics in this book, their food habits are linked to their long years. As they stay active, fit, and continue doing what they love. A fact that authors mentioned in this book are, many Japanese never really retire! They do what they love doing!
We can by now know that most of the people interviewed by the authors have discovered their Ikigai and so they love doing and never think of leaving the work what they love to do. It seems, the culture of “retiring after certain age” simply doesn’t exist.
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