Ikigai is a Japanese concept that describes the “beauty of being always busy”. It’s something you do that brings you joy, it’s using your skills and talents and it makes you happy while performing it. I would best describe it as the “purpose of life”. I found the book “Ikigai” wrote by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles in a local book and that made me curious was the title. It was the first time I ever heard of that term and I wanted to know more.
Normally, I am very fascinated by the lifestyle of the Japanese people and their traditions and culture. They have a way of living relaxed and in contemplation. And this book portrait these traits in a beautiful way. Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles traveled the island of Okinawa to meet a group of extraordinary people. Their life expectancy is way higher than any other place on Earth.
The Ikigai of Japanese people
The stories told in the Ikigai book are meant to make you realize fundamental ideas. How you choose to live, is undoubtedly shaping your life. In this book, Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia explain methods and practice that if performed are meant to improve life expectancy.
Also, they also share meditation techniques, eating and sleeping behaviors that improve life, and even tai-chi, yoga, qigong, and shiatsu. Beside all these, the reader is encouraged to create healthy relationships with people around.
What I really liked about this book is that they also interviewed some of the eldest people in Okinawa. So, we get to see a glimpse of the life of these old people in appearance, but young in spirit. If you ask me, the “Ikigai – Japanese secrets for a long and happy life” is an instruction manual. An instruction manual that will help you live better and in peace.
The 10 laws of Ikigai
The 10 laws of Ikigai are an important element of this book. Each one of these laws has explanations and examples in a separate chapter.
- Always be active, never retire
- Be calm
- Also, never eat until you’re full
- Always have good friends around
- Be in shape for your next anniversary
- Reconnect with nature
- Be grateful
- Live the moment
- Follow your Ikigai
Although this book is not a new release, I love to talk about books that made me click in a certain way. Hence, this kind of books light sparkles in me and I like to always come back and reread them.