Mumbai, September 18: Every morning when alarm tone rings we feel like why we can’t get more sleep. Starting of a new day should make us happy, energetic but being bored of mundane life we just feel tired. But do you know “Ikigai” can help you here? The Japanese word without any direct English translation is basically a Japanese philosophy that embodies the idea of happiness in living. This is the sole reason to get up in morning.
The idea relates to two other concepts in Japanese - ittaikan and jiko jitsugen. Itaikkan refers to “a sense of oneness with, or commitment to, a group or role”, while jiko jitsugen relates more to self-realization. But rather than regarding it as a larger than life fact if someone takes it as a truth of daily life. Whatever may happen, Ikigai will help to live life for something.
Westerners have molded this East Asian concept according to their own view.
Ikigai can be so inherited in everyday life that nothing could divert the loyalty towards ikigai. Hence the quest of living will keep you going through all darkness of life.