Live Your Best Life
Ancient, time-tested wisdom: Okinawa, Japan is a tiny, tiny island south of the Japanese mainland where people live their life’s purpose every day. How is it possible for so many to live each day in such meaningful ways? The Okinawan concept of Ikigai. How to Ikigai describes the lifestyle choices that have led to an island full of fulfilled, long-living people.
Magical reality come to life: Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. Take David Michiels. David stuttered severely well into his adulthood. In clinical terms, his stutter was difficult to treat. But David started to work in a liquor store. Before long, his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor: the scotch section. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch, he began to share his knowledge with customers. Eventually, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked to anyone about scotch. Over time, David’s passion led to a new life. Today, he is a renowned whiskey expert, traveling the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai.
A humble look at happiness: Bringing together an exploration of joy not unlike that of The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a look inward reminiscent of The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, and deep truths like those explored by Singer in The Surrender Experiment , How to Ikigai describes the concept of Ikigai with clarity and meaning.
How to Ikigai explains a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. After reading this book, you will understand how to implement Ikigai’s four directions in your own life:
- Do what you love
- Do what you’re good at
- Do what the world needs
- Do what you can be rewarded for
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About the Author
Tim Tamashiro is an explorer, jazz singer, storyteller and former CBC Radio host. His ikigai is "to delight people so that we can share meaningful moments together". His life's experiences include work as a record rep. for MCA Records, performing for Queen Elizabeth II and sailing aboard an icebreaker in Canada's Northwest Passage. Tim is scheduled to deliver his first TEDx talk titled "Ikigai: a practice more powerful than karate" later in 2018 in Calgary.
Table of Contents
Realizing Your Life's Worth 11
Chapter 1 Welcome to Ikigai 12
Chapter 2 What Is Your Life's Purpose? 28
Chapter 3 Slomo Is No Longer an Asshole 43
The Science of Ikigai 57
Chapter 4 The Unexpected Lesson 58
Chapter 5 Ikigai Gets Clearer with Positive Psychology 66
Chapter 6 What's Stopping You? 77
How to Ikigai 96
Chapter 7 Miyagi's Okinawa 97
Chapter 8 Half Ikigai/Full Ikigai 108
Chapter 9 Start Your Ikigai 120
Chapter 10 Grab Your Lab Coat 137
Chapter 11 Meditating Your Way to Ikigai 152
Chapter 12 Taking an Ikigap Year? 159
Chapter 13 Kyoko Chases Dragons 176
Chapter 14 The New Habit of Ikigai 192
About the Author 197
What People are Saying About This
"The practice of ikigai leads to a longer and more joy-filled life'" - Elise Marie Collins, author of Super Ager