Finished reading #ikigai I'd recommend this book to y'all. This book had a calming effect on me as I read it...a little boring and slow in the beginning but as it moved ahead I started enjoying it's description of Japanese culture that promotes mental and physical well being.
It focuses on simple, nutritious yet minimal diet and simple exercises daily. It focuses on having a slow paced life and pursuing things we enjoy.
As it tells, HAPPINESS IS IN THE DOING, NOT IN THE RESULTS.
It advises us that modern Life has powerful forces and incentives like money, power, attention and success which distract us on a daily basis, don't let them take over your life.
Ikigai tells us to keep busy by doing things that fill us with meaning and happiness. These things needn't be big: we might find meaning in being good parents or helping our neighbors.
The book guides us to imbibe WABI SABI which is finding beauty in imperfections of life...and ICHI GO ICHI E which refers to the concept that, "this moment exists only now and won't come again", so enjoy the moment and don't lose yourself to worries of past and future.
It's important to remember:- to live a long time you need to do three things: exercise to stay healthy, eat well, and spend time with people.
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."