Ikigai or Your Reason to Live

Hello everyone! How are you? It’s been some time now since I posted my last story with you all.

Well, I apologise for not being able to keep in touch with you last week. I was extremely busy you know, to the point of actually tearing my head apart over the state of the art seminar I was supposed to present last Friday.

Let me tell you, I FINALLY completed my task and now, I am, temporarily, relieved! (For a little bit of time, I hope) And I am back with something meaningful and nice to share with you all. Have a soulful week!

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To begin with, here’s a question for you.

Do you want to live for a long period of time?

That’s a difficult question to answer.

Do you want to live a more meaningful life?

Now that is something easier to understand and answer, right? We do not know how long we are going to live. But we can make our lives more meaningful. We can live by being more mindful to the very process of living itself.

I came across this wonderful Japanese term called Ikigai.

Iki meaning “to live” and gai refers to “reason”. Simply put, Ikigai means “your reason to live”.

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Did you know, Okinawa in Japan has the most number of people nearing their hundreds or living their hundreds. People there do not stress over bigger phases of life. They wake up every morning with a reason to live one day at a time. They have an Ikigai every day which keeps them going, and better, mindfully living every single day.

Read the article here to understand Ikigai better.

There are two videos embedded in the article- one emphasizes on understanding stress and reducing it. The other focuses on the necessity to build stronger relationships to be happier.

I could not agree less.

Hope you enjoy these videos.

What is your ikigai today? Share with us.

Like, comment and share this post if you enjoyed reading it.

Have a wonderful week!

Happy Soul-Searching!

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Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

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