Ikigai – A reason for being

I have never heard of Ikigai, but I am now off to research. This post complements my post today about reawakening your true life’s passion. I hope everyone enjoys.

Realize Beauty

Ikigai

Ikigai – the place where passion meets mission, vocation and profession.  A place where we sit, contented and ‘right’ with the world, a place of where the energy flows freely, beautifully, productively. A place where we have purpose.

When this diagram appeared on my personal Facebook feed last week I just had to share it. I also promised myself that I’d take some time out to give form to what each arm of the diagram means to the ‘Realize Beauty’ me. I guess in doing this it will be a sort of business ‘sanity check’ or review….

Here goes.

  • That which I love.
    • PASSION: Chemistry/ science/ the scientific process/ seeing detail and beauty.  I have ALWAYS been fascinated by the natural world and turned that love into a passion for science early on – a passion that was nurtured and indulged by my parents and my Uncle Raymond, a loveable uncle…

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3 lessons that writing haiku taught me about business

Now this is practical and creative application of writing to life. Super creative post! Never read anyone using haikus to relate to business. Enjoyed immensely!

Business in Rhyme

Clouds come from time to time-

and bring a men chance to rest

from looking at the moon.

~ Basho

Poetry is a mindfulness in its most exquisite form. It is integral part of human nature and therefore is a sort of celebration of life in all its manifestations. Especially haiku, an “instant” form of poetry, focusing on the world around us and fostering each moment of life.

As a form of poetry, haiku originated first in Japan and later became popular in other regions. Haiku poets write short poems, consisting of only 17 syllables. In Japan these poems are valued for their simplicity, openness, depth and lightness.

In original Japanese form the structural rules are:

  • use exactly 17 syllables
  • syllables are arranged in three lines of 5-7-5
  • similes and metaphors are avoided
  • refers to a season of the year.

Haiku poems can describe anything, but mostly they are a…

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