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Ikigai

Everyone has a purpose, a reason, an ikigai that guides them. This book helped me understand the concepts that might aid me to find it.
Ikigai
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Every morning, both my sister and I would hang out in the kitchen, each making herself breakfast, meal prepping for the day, and chatting, while a playlist plays in the background. A couple of mornings, I noticed her telling me tidbits about Japan, some of their beliefs, things they practiced, and whatnot. That was strange, because knowing my sister, she’s not that much of a fan of the culture or maybe it’s just anime because she would shut off whenever an anime topic comes up.

I asked her what brought about those subjects, and she mentioned that she was reading a book called Ikigai. She kept raving about it and I thought I just had to give it a try. At first, I was skeptical and maybe came up with the idea of getting answers from the book. So I kept criticizing a lot, and honestly, that was what I was about to write here today, but I decided to give it another shot, and this time approach it with an open mind, and I am glad I did because that changed my perspective and overall opinion of the book.

So Ikigai which is a word that means life's purpose is the central premise of the book. The authors head over to Okinawa to meet people who lived beyond the age of 100 and ask them about the secrete being their longevity.

This article explores the book's ideas by Indicating who might benefit from reading the book. Mentioning words or quotes that stood out. Provide a summary of the chapters and notes. Finally concluding it with takeaways, and action steps (if any).

👥 Who Might Benefit From Reading The Book

  • People who might feel a bit lost.
  • Someone who’s looking for a new lifestyle.
  • Someone who’s read Mans Search for Meaning, and aims to explore the topic from an eastern perspective.

💥 What Stood Out to Me

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years” - Japanese proverb

It’s important to expose yourself to change, and step outside your comfort zone even if you feel a little bit anxious.

An existential crisis is typical in societies where people do what they’re told to do, or what others do, rather than what they want to do.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle

📖 Chapter Summary & Notes

1.  A Mysterious Word

How many origin stories start off with a meeting at a restaurant, diner, or bar? Well, they're quite a few, and this story is one of them as well. This chapter talks about how both Héctor and Francesc met. How discussions over psychology and its trends were the initial spark of this book. In their discussions, they remarked how people still ask questions that revolve around meaning, about life. Questions such as, what’s the meaning of my life? Is it to live longer, or maybe seek out something more? How come some know what they want, while others are just lost in the noise? Mulling over these questions brought them to this Japanese concept, Ikigai. The rough translation is “the happiness of always being busy” it resembles Victor Frankl’s Logotherapy but goes a step deeper. Which is the journey of this book which the coming chapter will explore.

✍️ Notes

Not sure how this is different from “Mans Search for Meaning” but let’s go on this journey regardless.

2. Ikigai

Why are you alive? What’s the reason behind your existence, the reason for being? That answer is your Ikigai. Everyone has one, some have found it while others are still looking, the key is to be patient in the search for it.

Blue Zones, which is a book in itself by Dan Buettner identified and analyzed 5 regions that have a long life expectancy (you can guess that Japan is one of them) and in their findings, they identified common factors between these zones that include

  • A healthy diet: consume more vegetables, and less meat and processed foods, have a balanced diet, eat with smaller plates, and make sure to be 80% full.
  • Exercise: doesn’t have to be extreme, just move, stay in motion, walk, garden, just involve yourself with low-intensity movements
  • A purpose: the topic of this book which we haven’t yet gotten into knowing how to find it
  • Strong social ties: a broad circle of friends, good family relations, a community, a group goes a long way into helping one feel connected, a sense of belonging somewhere, some even have that as their ikigai, helping a community that is.

Those are the tenets or essence of longevity in those Zones. Those topics are what will be discussed in the coming chapters.

✍️ Notes

This chapter includes that van diagram that is more confusing than actually being helpful. Usually, diagrams help clarify a subject, taking a complex concept and simplifying it with the help of visuals, and honestly, this just left me lost and puzzled than enlightened.

The chapter starts off with the question, what is your reason for being? Which made me think, how many times has this question been asked? How many philosophers explored this topic, how religion came in to claim an answer, how some toss in their bed at night contemplating that question. I wonder how the authors will help answer this, after all, they do mention that the book's purpose (or dare I say Ikigai) is to help it. Let’s see, I don’t want to judge just yet.

3. Anti-Aging Secrets

The theory of “escape velocity” has been a field of research and discussion, one can go into details about it, but it can be summed up into a sentence that states, little things that add up to a long and happy life. The habits and lifestyles we adopt play a key role here we can call them secretes or just plain habits, but in the end, it’s our actions and reactions that are those little things that are added up.

Those actions or habits can be summed up to include the following:

  • Active mind: Just as how we exercise to avoid any negative effects on our bodies, our mind too, needs exercise. You can ask… How can the mind exercise? And the answer is simple, adopting a growth mindset. Be curious, have a desire to learn, expose yourself to change, and step out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be done alone, you can do that through games as well.
  • Stress reduction: Most health problems are caused by stress, it comes with the fast pace of life and sadly most are either work or family-related and at times both. How many times one worries about a deadline, an email, a confrontation…etc it’s unavoidable and the key is to be mindful about it, mindful doesn’t necessarily mean meditating (though it can be) it’s to be more aware of when you feel it, don’t run on autopilot. When you notice it, remind yourself to breathe, calm down, and walk a bit, just know it will take a while to reach that state.
  • Movement: the connection between movement and diseases be it mentally or physically has been overly stated in multiple studies, and this here isn’t the exception. Do not adopt a sedentary lifestyle, sitting for too long harms you. Be it, at work or at home, you can still move. Adapt the Pomodoro technique at work, and when that break comes, stand up and starch, and walk a few steps. This little change will add up, remember.
  • Sleep: having enough sleep not only helps your attitude and energy level, but it also helps your skin, immune system, and insulin reduction. The key is not to sleep too little or too much but a sweet spot in between. Can be around 7 to 9 hours.
  • Attitude: the way you approach life, affects everything you do and having a positive attitude goes a long way. If positivity is not your thing, stoicism is another option.
✍️ Notes

So the subheading that states “Little things that add up” spoke to me, I think this chapter is changing my perceived perception of the book.

The bit that discussed the active mind, spoke the most to me. It reminded me of the days when I felt empty and depressed because of my fear of change and challenges. It caused me to lose interest and stopped engaging my mind. I saw how it affected not only my mental health but physical as well. What I’ll adapt from this is, learn something new, read, engage in conversation, play games, and most importantly get out of your bloody comfort zone, Athoug!

The bit about stress gives me mixed feelings. It’s easy to say, reduce your stress, don’t stress, and all that jazz, but actually implementing it is near impossible. As they mentioned everything is stressful for us nowadays, even a mere ping from our phones has our heads racing with thoughts. I think knowing or learning how to deal with stress is more achievable. I’ll try out the noticing bit, and once I notice it perhaps tell myself “Athoug, you’re stressing, Breath” and see how it goes from there.

Sleep, man I know it’s important, how many books are out there emphasizing this point, but that bloody “stress” also plays a role here too. I wish I can sleep for 7 hours a day, hell, I’m even happy with 6. It’s just that thoughts, anxieties, excitement, or even my biological clock are in the way of all that. My dream is for those black circles under my eyes to heal.

One can say how does one adopt a positive attitude, and I hate to say this but the first thing that came to my mind is “fake it till you make it” I say that because it worked with me. I’m an ex-cynic who saw the world from the lease of pessimism, and well, you can tell how that will take a toll on someone. When I decided to just fake being happy, fake being positive, little by little my thought patterns started to change and it wasn’t fake anymore.

The cuties bit in this chapter is the translated song a woman sang to the Authors. It had that one line that made me smile which was “The secrete is to not get distracted by how old the fingers are… If you keep moving with your fingers working, 100 years will come to you”

4. From Logotheraphy to Ikigai

If you wanted to explain Logotherapy to someone, you could say that it’s listening to what’s hard to hear, and using it to find purpose. Victor Frankl the founder of Logotherapy and the author of “Mans Search for Meaning” summed up the process of finding meaning into 5 steps

  1. You feel anxious, empty, frustrated about life
  2. The therapist shows that these feelings emerged from a desire for a purpose
  3. You discover said purpose (umm how?)
  4. You have the will to choose to accept or reject that purpose
  5. This new passion will help you overcome any obstacle you might face

Now, Frankl lives by those ideals, he had his own experience (which you can learn about from his book) as a testament. He was noted saying “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”

When you’re without purpose, existential frustration arises. In Frankl’s eyes, you don’t need to see this as a reason for neurosis, but in fact as a good thing, a start for change.

Some key ideas of Logotherapy:

  • we don’t create meaning for our lives, but rather discover it.
  • We each have a unique reason for being that can be altered and changed over the years.
  • Excessive attention to a desire can keep it from being fulfilled.
  • Humor can help a lot
  • We’re all capable of good and bad, it all depends on our decisions.

Now as Logotherapy came to be in the West,  Morita therapy came to be in the East. It’s about the same principle of finding meaning. It has a heavy emphasis on feelings. It teaches patients to accept their emotions without trying to control them because they will change as our actions change.

The basic principles of Morita therapy:

  • Accept your feelings: our thoughts tend to be obsessive in nature meaning if we try to control them they tend to have the opposite effect and persist. Feel those feelings, accept them, only then will they let go.
  • Do what you should be doing: we can focus on eliminating the causes of our state, finding reasons or rather explanations to why we feel the way we feel or you can be more productive as in work on your character. Develop yourself your own way. Make discoveries through experience. Just do.
  • Discover your life purpose: (I can’t emphasize how this is vague and keep being through around in this book, anyway) we can’t control emotions, but what we can control is our actions. Have the courage to look inside you, to act on what you believe is your purpose, every day.

And that then brings us to Ikigai. You can say it’s a blend of the two philosophies. They’re both based on personal experiences that you can do without the need for therapy, it’s just a matter of finding it, and having the courage to pursue it.

✍️ Notes

I remembered the day I read “man search for meaning” and how it affected me profoundly. And going through this chapter brought those memories back in a good way. What I remember is, attitude, and that despite the harsh realities in life, you, and only you can decide how to approach it.

It’s true what Nietzsche said “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how” my only issue is discovering that why…

Man, that example of people doing the norm, or what others tell them to do stung a bit. I feel this constantly. And that case study about the American diplomat really resonated with me.

Morita therapy sounds the same, but one bit I liked is that it has the person discover through their own experiences rather than being told what to do. It also mentioned the phases of this therapy, but what stood out to me isn’t the phases but more the time frame. It says 5 to 7 days. Umm, what happened if the person doesn’t reach that state within that time frame. I kept thinking about this.

My favorite bit came at the end of the chapter where we’re urged to know that true, life is imperfect, but with it, comes a lot of opportunities for growth and achievement.

5. Find Flow in Everything You Do

You pull out a canvas, chose the paint colors you use, put on a playlist, and just paint. You don’t think about anything, but those brush strokes. You look up at the clock and wow… 3 hours passed. This is flow, you lose yourself in time, doing something immure. Bruce Lee described it simply as “Be water, my friend.” Sadly, the opposite can also happen, you sit down to do something you don’t want to do, and you feel like hours have passed, you check the clock, and it’s been just 10 minutes.

Flow is very powerful, it gives you a sense of pleasure, delight, and being completely in tune with what you’re doing. Now, there’s no formula, ingredient, or a single path to finding happiness in this life, but what we do have, what helps in attaining that happiness is reaching a state of flow, “optimal experience”

We keep talking about flow, but how does one reach it? What makes us enjoy the things we do? What makes us forget everything when we’re immersed in it? The answers to these questions can help in finding it, in discovering our Ikigai.

The researcher Owen Schaffer managed to gather the requirements to achieve a flow state into seven conditions:

  1. Know what to do
  2. Know how to do that
  3. Find a way to measure how well you’re doing
  4. Know where to go next (how to navigate)
  5. Notice significant challenges
  6. Notice significant skills
  7. Don’t get distracted

Say you’re still finding difficulties in focusing or finding a flow state, well, there are some strategies you can try out that might help in reaching a state of flow:

  • Choose a difficult task: Something challenging, but make sure it’s not too difficult that causes you to get frustrated and quit together. Find that sweet spot between easy (which causes boredom) and beyond your abilities (in turn, makes you anxious) have it challenging (which will help in being immersed, in turn, in flow). Just make sure to add a little extra to your tasks that take you out of your comfort zone.
  • Have a clear, well-defined objective: Video games have quests for a reason, you know what to do (we go back to that first condition in achieving flow state) when you have a clear goal, a task you want to achieve you can then ask yourself daily, what is my task or goal for today that will help me reach that objective?
  • Focus on one thing at a time: just stop multitasking. We have conditioned ourselves to believe that combining tasks saves us time, but no, there is scientific evidence that shows the opposite, the idea is to be in a flow state, immersed, how can one reach that if they’re writing, reading, and sending texts all at the same time.

Just understand that the important thing here is to focus on the journey because happiness is in doing rather than the result.

Now how can we use flow to find our Ikigai? Well, what we can do is

  • Write down all the activities that made you reach a state of flow
  • Ask yourself, what do these activities have in common?
  • Why do these activities drive me into a flow state?
  • Are those activities done on my own or with others?
  • Do I reach a flow state when my body is in motion or when thinking?

The answer will be a driver to finding your purpose. If they haven’t helped, then go deeper in your questioning, keep searching, and even try new things, and explore.

✍️ Notes

This chapter gave practical tips on how to reach flow. The bit about time being slow-moving reminded me of all the tasks I don’t want to do, and honestly how time moves so slow at work. There was also a funny bit from Einstein

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That is relativity“

The first strategy in finding flow resonated with me, I remembered taking in a coding task that was well beyond my skill set, and I kept trying and trying and all it did was confuse me, make me think I’m stupid, and just got frustrated and quit. I didn’t break it down into smaller manageable tasks, and ones that were challenging but not to a point where I want to smash my laptop…

Apparently, multitasking drops down your IQ, huh. Who would have thought multitasking makes one dumber.

There was a bit in the book about Takumis, which means artisans, anyways the authors were checking one of the Markup brands, and there’s more to it but the lady who works on the brush tips was in a secluded area where she worked alone. That bit freaked me out and made me sad. The purpose was to be inspired or maybe I don’t know but all felt was oh, no. But hey, each to their own Ikigai, I guess.

I liked the final paragraph that linked all the discussion of Flow into using it effectively to find our purpose. Also enjoyed all the stories mentioned.

Masters of Longevity

There is a word that describes people who live to see the age of 110 and beyond, they’re called super-centenarians. A couple of them were interviewed and each had their own reason why they’ve lived to see a 110 and beyond. Here’s what they had to say,

“Eat and sleep, and you’ll live a long time. You have to learn to relax” - Misao Okawa
“I’ve never eaten meat in my life” - María Capovilla
Jeanne Calment attributed one secrete to a sense of humor. Here’s what she had to say, “I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything’s fine.”
“If you keep your mind and body busy, you’ll be around a long time” - Walter Breuning
“I just haven’t died yet.” - Alexander Imich

Now, one should know that Art in any form is in itself an ikigai. It can bring happiness and joy because creating something regardless of what it is, gives a sense of purpose in our lives. Remember, when you have a clear purpose no one can stop you.

✍️ Notes

There’s this sense of joy when one reads those interviews. It seems so genuine and you can feel they enjoyed their life.

I especially loved the story of the ikigai Artists Hokusai who said “All that I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth being counted. It’s at the age of 73 that I have somewhat begun to understand the structure of true nature” At a time where everything is fast-paced, and quick, not to mention how we glorify young achievements and act all prejudice towards older people here comes this artist and says, no, no whatever I did that would be considered valuable is what I did at 73. It shows that you don’t need to achieve things at a certain age. We’re all on a different timeline, embrace yours. Another example that follows the same premise is the story of Carmen Herrera, who sold her first canvas at the age of 89, and today her work can be seen in a collection at the Tate Modern, and MoMA.

There was a blurb, it was small but meant something to me. Never stop learning. T. H. White said “You might grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing that the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be. Tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting”

7. Lessons From Japan Centenarians

In the previous chapter, interviews with centenarians from all around the world were interviewed, now here is where the Authors conduct their own interviews, by heading over to Ogimi. They interviewed around 100 people there and here’s some advice they gave

  • Don’t worry
  • Develop good habits
  • Nurture your friendships
  • Slow down, no need to rush in life
  • Be optimistic

After those interviews, they (the authors) notice some common traits or habits that most of the interviewees shared, so you compiled them together and dubbed it the Ogimi lifestyle.

Keys to the Ogimi lifestyle

  • keep a vegetable garden
  • Join a community
  • Celebrate constantly, not just the big things but even the little things
  • Have an important purpose (or even several purposes, it’s your life after all)
  • Be passionate about everything you do regardless of its significance
  • Strong connection with People in the community
  • Always busy, but what you busy yourself with must allow you to relax
✍️ Notes

It was cute getting to know the people in Ogimi, especially when they were joking around that the youngest is 88

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” - Washington Burnap

8. The Ikigai Diet

I think it’s been proven that what you eat has a direct relation to your energy level and how you feel. It’s no different in Okinawa. Studies showed that it has the lowest mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases in all of Japan, one attributing factor to that is certainly their diet. IT’s even become a diet that’s discussed all around the world, the Okinawa diet.

Bradly J. Willcox and D. Craig Willcox joined Makoto Suzuki and published a book on that diet called The Okinawa Program. Some of their conclusions include:

  • Eat a variety of foods, especially vegetables and fruits. Remember verity is key
  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies
  • Grains are the foundation of your diet. The primary food in Okinawa is rice.
  • Rarely eat sugar
  • Reduce the amount of salt you consume
  • Consume fewer calories
  • Adapt Hara Hachi Bu. We talked about this in the first chapter, eat until you feel 80% full.

You can try adapting these findings with natural antioxidants mentioned in the books such as

  • Tofu
  • Miso
  • Tuna
  • carrots
  • Bitter melon
  • Sea kelp
  • Cabbage
  • Seaweed
  • Onion
  • Soy sprout
  • cucumber
  • soybeans
  • sweet potato
  • Peppers
  • Jasmine tea / green tea
✍️ Notes

I guess I’ll up my green tea drinking game.

There is white tea? What does that taste like? To think about it, I’ve never tried jasmine tea either.

9. Gentle Movements, Longer Life

As discussed in the book Blue Zone, the people who live the longest aren’t the ones who exercise the most but rather who move the most. So the idea is, you do not need to go to the gym every day for an hour, instead all you need is to add movement to your day.

Several Eastern Disciplines were discussed given they center on discipline with a clear set of rules (which n turn is good for flow) some that were mentioned include

  • Radio taiso
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Qigong

Now, these disciplines have a common objective of combining physical exercise with an awareness of our breath.

✍️ Notes

Radio taiso seems like fun, would like to try it out, but if I were, to be honest, it’s more like the easiest than fun, it just involves moving your hand in a circular formation. The way it got its name is interesting, the radio bit of the name is added because the instructions were broadcasted on the radio.

The elements of Qigong reminds me of avatar the last Airbender (earth, water, fire, ..etc)

10. Resilience & Wabi-Sabi

“Fall seven times, rise eight” - a Japanese proverb.

One common trait of people who find their purpose or ikigai is their tenacity to pursue their passion at all odds no matter the consequences. That right there is resilience. It’s not limited to a person's ability to persevere but also pays attention to one's outlook, to stay focused on what’s important, and not get distracted by negative emotions.

Life is filled with highs and lows, but when we properly train our mind, body, and emotions, we can face all that life has in store for us.

A way to build emotional resilience is to explore and practice the teachings of Buddhism, and Stoicism. One of those ideas is that there is nothing wrong with enjoying life’s pleasure as long as they don’t take control of your life.

What’s the worst that can happen? Is a question some stoics use to practice negative visualization. The idea is to think of the worst possible condition, and maybe even experience it (such as what Seneca did). They do so, to prepare themselves for the worst, but at the same time not to worry about it.

So some of the Stoics' tenants include

  • negative visualization
  • not giving in to negative emotions
  • and knowing what we can and can’t control.

Both Buddhism and Stoicism remind us that what we should focus on is the present moment for it's what we can control. The past is well gone, and the future is unknown, so appreciate the moment you’re in right now.

Wabi-sabi is a concept that emphasizes the beauty in imperfections. In a world that yarns for perfectionism, true beauty is found in the flawed and incomplete. That’s why the Japanese place great value in cracked teacups. So the idea to take is to appreciate the imperfections because it brings with it an opportunity to grow.

Anti-fragility is another trade that aids us in facing life's challenges. We can apply this concept in our life by following some steps as

  • Create more options: this can be applied to various aspects of your life. Say you have a single source of income, try to find a second one to be a backup if the first failed. If you have a group of friends try to expand to another just in case some ties fracture. It follows the concept of not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  • Bet conservatively in some areas and take small risks in others: You can think of it from an investing standpoint, add most of your money into a fund, and the rest into an emerging area yet promising one. It can also be applied to your learning, decisions, and network as well.
  • Eliminate the things that make you fragile: You can start by asking yourself, what makes me fragile? And move from there. Is It some people? Environment? Habit? Or something? Once you figure it out, get rid of it.

To cultivate resilience, you shouldn’t fear adversity because each setback is an opportunity to grow. Resilience combined with an anti-fragile attitude will give you strength in each blow you face, and remember

“It’s not what happened to you, but how you react that matters” - Epictetus
✍️ Notes

Remember to focus on what you can control, because focusing on what you can’t just make you frustrated, and angry for no reason.

In the beginning, the idea of what’s the worst that can happen, scared me a bit, but mulling over it, I think there is a benefit here, which is to maybe get rid of that fear, the fear of familiar, the fear of it not turning out the way you hoped. Doing so would numb that fear and well maybe not numb but rather unmask it and make it more acceptable I guess.

Wabi-sabi oh my, I finally know the name of the gold-coated teacups. Such a beautiful concept. True there is beauty in the flawed.

11. Ikigai: The Art of Living

Each person has their own ikigai, but what we have in common is our peruse for meaning. When we spend our days practicing what’s meaningful, we live a full life, but if we lose that we feel despair.

Now there isn’t a perfect strategy for finding our ikigai, just trust your intuition, and know that you shouldn’t worry too much about finding it. Life isn’t a problem to be solved. Just have something that busies you, in which you love while being surrounded by people who love you.

The ten rules of ikigai

  1. Stay active, don’t retire
  2. Take it slow
  3. Don’t fill your stomach (80% rule)
  4. Surround yourself with good friends
  5. Get in shape
  6. Smile
  7. Reconnect with nature
  8. Give thanks
  9. Live in the moment
  10. Follow your ikigai

🎯 Takeaway & Action Steps

I am glad I gave the book another chance because it made me aware that the way you approach things is important. During my first reading of the book, I approached it with the idea of having strategic steps into finding my purpose, a guide, when in reality that wasn’t the book's intention at all. It was meant to give you concepts, and ideas, that might aid you in reaching it, such as using flow to identify your purpose and have an environment that helps you find it (stress-free, and focused). Taking care of your mind by being aware of your breath, moving your body, and even what you eat also play a role. It was more an approach to life learned from others than a guide.

I can sit here, and write the book all over again (which I think I did with the chapter summaries 😅) but I’d much rather focus on what actions can one take today because we want to be proactive right?

There’s a lot one can take as actions steps, and it depends on where you are in life, and more specifically what you’re seeking.

So I’ll try to give advice on what to take, but after all, each person has their own journey and opinions so take whatever I type with a grain of salt.

If you’re seeking is

🏁 A lifestyle change

  • Adopt the Okinawa Diet
  • Substitute your coffee with tea (more specifically Green tea or Jasmin tea)
  • Be active, try a new sport be it low intensity (as a walk) or high (Taekwondo)
  • Join a community, can be one around the sport you pick
  • Pick up a hobby, which can be writing, painting, playing an instrument, or trying out gardening

🏁 Reducing stress in your life

  • Journal
  • Pick up breathing exercise
  • Try out meditation
  • Pick up one of the eastern disciplines (yoga, Radio taiso, etc…)
  • Turn your notifications off on your devices
  • Have clear boundaries for when to contact you
  • Try out a day of technology cleanse

Finding your purpose, which is what I will be implementing.

🏁 Action Steps

  • Figuring out my ikigai: I plan on using the steps mentioned in the flow chapter where I list what makes me reach flow, and also explore things that I have never tried because who knows I might find something
  • Take it slow, because it will require time and patience. I might get frustrated but remember to take it slow and not rush
  • Learning something new: read an article, a book, draw, participate in an activity, play chess, just do things that stimulate my mind and at the same time make me learn
  • The 80% rule: eating until I’m 80% full and having a diet filled with verity, drink green tea, and lower the coffee intake
  • Stay active: as in walking every day.
  • Meet new people or join a community: find people who share my values
  • Not rush and be present: remember to focus on the here and now, and not get lost in the past or future

I’ll start with those 7 actions, and even report back to see if I found my ikigai, or if my life changed. But in the meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed this journey with me and if anyone is reading this, share your thoughts with me.

Happy reading.

P.S there is an actual film