Ikigai / short story

Posted on April 26, 2015 by

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ihigai1My Ikigai is ”I’m the one who seeks beauty in the world around her”. What’s yours?

About the concept of Ikigai in Japan:

In a small village outside of Osaka, a woman in a coma was dying. She suddenly had a feeling that she was taken up to heaven and stood before the Voice of her ancestors.

“Who are you?” the Voice said to her.

“I am the wife of the mayor,” she replied. “I did not ask whose wife you are but who you are.” “I am the mother of four children.” “I did not ask whose mother you are, but who you are.” “I am a school teacher.” “I did not ask what your profession is but who you are.”

And so it went. No matter what she replied, she did not seem to give a satisfactory answer to the question, “Who are you?”

“I am a Shinto.” “I did not ask what your religion is but who you are.” “I am the one who wakes up each day to care for my family, and nurture the young minds of the children at my school.”

She passed the examination, and was sent back to earth. The next morning she woke at sunrise, feeling a deep sense of meaning and purpose. She tended to her children’s lunches, and planned fun lessons for her students that day. The woman had discovered her ikigai.

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Intr-un satuc de langa Osaka, o femeie se afla in coma si tragea sa moara. Brusc simte cum este ridicata la ceruri si ajunge in fata Vocii stramosilor sai.

“Cine esti tu?”o intreaba Vocea.

“Sunt sotia primarului,” a raspuns ea. “N-am intrebat sotia cui esti, am intrebat cine esti tu.” “Sunt mama a patru copii.” “N-am intrebat mama cui esti, am intrebat cine esti tu.” “Sunt profesoara.” “Nu am intrebat ce profesie ai, am intrebat cine esti tu.”

Si intrebarile au continuat in acelasi mod. Indiferent ce raspundea femeia, nu parea sa fie raspunsul corect la intrebarea “Cine esti tu?”

“Sunt Shinto.” “N-am intrebat ce religie ai, am intrebat cine esti tu.” “Sunt cea care se trezeste in fiecare dimineata pentru a avea grija de familia ei si pentru a hrani mintile tinere ale copiilor de la scoala la care lucrez.”

A trecut testul si a fost trimisa inapoi pe pamant. In dimineata urmatoare s-a trezit la rasaritul soarelui, cu un profund simt al sensului si al scopului. Le-a pregatit copiilor ei  pranzul si elevilor ei lectii pline de interes. Femeia isi descoperise propriul ikigai.

Merita sa reflectam asupra acestui concept si sa ne identificam fiecare propriul ikigai, nu credeti?

(citește mai mult aici: http://viataverdeviu.ro/ikigai-secret-japonezi-longevitate/)

also nice: http://longhaultrekkers.com/the-ikigai-project/