What’s Your Ikigai?

The people on the island of Okinawa, Japan are some of the oldest, healthiest and most content people on the planet. What is their secret? Ikigai! (pronounced icky guy) Ikigai translates as “a reason to wake up each morning.” Do you have a reason for waking up each morning? Or do you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed each day thinking, “Another day to get through” or “Is it Friday yet?”. Can you imagine waking up ready and eager for a new day of life? It is possible! This is what an ikigai is: it’s waking up each day with a purpose  or direction. You know where you are going. An ikigai is something you love to do, want to do, and that makes you feel alive. It can be a specific goal, ambition or dream or it can also be something as simple as setting an intention for a new way of expressing yourselves or interacting with others. For example, some people find depth of meaning in cooking and caring for their family. Other people find it through genuine and sincere … [Read more...]