Do you know what your “Ikigai” is?
In Japan- most adults know the answer to this question without any hesitation! They recognize the importance of knowing what their “Ikigai” is.
“Ikiru”– or life– combined with “Kai”- the realization of what one hopes for– forms the word- “Ikigai”– translated to mean- A reason to live.
The island of Okinawa- Japan’s southernmost and sunniest region- is home to the largest number of centenarians in Japan. It is also home to some of the longest living people on this planet.
What is their greatest secret? Ikigai– a reason for getting up in the morning. Their purpose imbued lives give them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100’s.
In a recent longevity study conducted by National Geographic and Blue Zones, they found that the people of Okinawa consistently practice several Principles and Habits that may well contribute to the amazing number of healthy – happy and Vital centenarians on this planet.
Dan Buettner- author of the New York Times Bestseller’s book on longevity entitled “The Blue Zones”- has found that in addition to practicing “Ikigai” – the Okinawans value social engagement and community. They form small social groups called a “Moai”.
The Okinawan tradition of forming a “Moai”, or a gathering of people, provides secure social networks. These safety nets lend financial and emotional support in times of need and give all of their members the stress-shedding security of knowing that there is always someone there for them.
Another very interesting finding about the Okinawan people is that they do not have a word for “Retirement” in their language! Imagine that!
The concept of Retirement is not a milestone that they are being Culturally influenced by. They do not anticipate a point in which they will wind down or close up shop. They continuously participate and contribute.
Do you know your Ikigai?
Have you cultivated your own personal Moai?
Are you staying engaged with the people and things that bring you joy?
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