7 unique Japanese Concepts to bring out the best in you.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means, one must define and practice one’s purpose in life. Life should not be a monotonous routine just to pass it. One must have a reason to get up, live by it all day, and be passionate about what one does.
Ikigai concept is known to give meaning to life. When we relate our lives with a purpose, it no longer seems like a burden. To deal with everyday happenings, we think, see and take decisions consciously and clearly.
Japanese people from a long time practice Ikigai. Believing, that Ikigai could bring meaning, and satisfaction to one’s life. Ikigai also suggests that everyone should try to find their own ikigai. As it brings balance in one’s life accordingly. Each one of us, has this element of ikigai in us. We just need to explore it within us. Implement it in our thoughts and in our actions.
Kaizen means constant improvement and betterment in personal horizons. If applied to, professional horizons, it brings about all kinds of abundance your way.
Those who seek to continuously improve themselves, their efficiency, and be high performers, can use this concept. If you design and live your life by this concept. Gradually all situations in your life, and work will start to improve. Making small changes in your day-to day pattern, mindset according to this concept makes life better managed and easier.
By embracing the whole process of Kaizen, we make our lives better bit by bit. Kaizen concept was put to practice after World War II, by Japanese businesspeople.
In modern times, Kaizen is now practiced to make amendments to your habitual patterns. We’re regularly taking small steps towards continuous growth, improvement and success. Kaizen improves the efficiency of the brain to work better at personal and professional levels.
Wabi-Sabi came from Japanese aesthetic ideas. Which refers to finding beauty in imperfections. Means to appreciate the imperfections in an absolute form.
In Zen practices, almost the same concept is used to achieve everything and get harmonized with nature as well. Because nothing can be completely perfect. Imperfections are what makes us beautiful and unique in our own ways.
According to Wabi-Sabi nothing lasts, and everything is subjective to change. So keep on paying gratitude for what you have daily. Accept your flaws and imperfections. Keep on working towards being better in any way and every way you can.
Kintsugi is related to Japanese art form. Which means a golden journey. In ancient times it was more related to mending broken pottery and making it beautiful again. Kintsugi was used for covering the hairline cracks with gold or silver lacquer had.
Kintsugi concept which deals with celebrating flaws rather than rejecting them as imperfections. Enlightening ourselves with Kintsugi, helps us see our flaws not as ugliness or incompletion. But as areas to improve, get inspiration to do more good. This is why Kintsugi concept is known as the gold journey
5- Shikata ga nai (Sho ga nai)
Shikata-ga-nai (Sho-ga-nai) is a Japanese phrase which means “it is what it is”, meaning you can’t change it, or it cannot be helped. So to put your energies into things you can’t control, only wastes your time.
Therefore, focus your energies on what you can change. Build yourself. The more you learn the importance of Shikata-ga-nai, the more you will prevent yourself from self-harm. And will live a life away from toxic people and relationships.
Shikata-ga-nai teach us to let go of things and move on. When you carry the baggage of the past, or unnecessary thoughts everywhere, you only sink into the waters of life. Thereby Shikata-a-nai suggests embrace the power of “Letting Go”, and use it when you need it at times in life.
Oubaitori concept means that we must not compare ourselves with others. All of us have different personalities and different circumstances. We must appreciate this diversity.
Oubaitori says, when we compare ourselves with others, we at times get carried away to the limits of hate, or develop low self-esteem. So according to Oubaitori, rather than thinking what others are doing and always comparing their haves with our haves.
You must try to make ourselves better as much as we can. According to Oubaitori, we must compare our yesterday with our today. If we are making progress, we must be thankful for it. And shall continuously work to become better.
Oubaitori tells, in Universe all is diversified, having it be plants, animals, objects, people. Let all blossom, in harmony, joyfully co-exist, while taking every step in the direction of being the best version of ourselves.
Mottainai concept is related to not wasting anything. Making full use of the materials and objects at hand. Mottainai suggests we must recycle them in a smart way and use it again.
The Mottainai word itself means “too good to waste”, which sheds light on the concept of not being wasteful at all. Respect and value all you have.
Mottainai teaches that all the resources one has, one must use them properly through reducing, reusing, and recycling. Even use your old clothes in a new unique way. Create a DIY art or mix two, or more old clothes, to make one superb new design. Challenge your creativity.