Find happiness by living fully in the present with this definitive guide to ichigo ichie--the Japanese art of making the most of every moment--from the bestselling authors of Ikigai.
Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever--an idea captured by the Japanese phrase ichigo ichie (pronounced itchy-GO itchy-A). Often spoken in Japan when greeting someone or saying goodbye, to convey that the encounter is unique and special, it is a tenet of Zen Buddhism and is attributed to a sixteenth-century master of the Japanese tea ceremony, or "ceremony of attention," whose intricate rituals compel us to focus on the present moment.
From this age-old concept comes a new kind of mindfulness. In The Book of Ichigo Ichie, you will learn to...
appreciate the beauty of the fleeting, the way the Japanese celebrate the cherry blossoms for two weeks every April, knowing they'll have to wait a whole year to see them again;use all five senses to anchor yourself in the present, helping you to let go of fear, sadness, anger, and other negative emotions fueled by fixating on the past or the future;be alert to the magic of coincidences, which help us find meaning among the disconnected events of our lives;use ichigo ichie to help you discover your ikigai, or life's purpose--because it's only by learning to be present, to be tuned into what catches your attention and excites you in the moment, that you can identify what it is that most motivates you and brings you happiness.
Every one of us contains a key that can open the door to attention, harmony with others, and love of life. And that key is ichigo ichie.
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Garcia and Miralles (Ikigai) deliver a hopeful and practical guide to relishing everyday experiences and living in the moment. The authors believe that, in an age of distraction, instant gratification, and superficial engagement, the Japanese concept of "ichigo ichie," which roughly translates as "one time, one meeting/opportunity," can help people to treasure individual moments. Every moment in one's life, they write, deserves full attention. They recommend to first acknowledge opportunities, then to consider one's passions: "discover something become passionate about and which also comes easily... then comes the most difficult part: setting aside other people's demands to make room for passion." The authors consider many moments in a typical day that deserve one's attention, such as practicing meditation, reacting to an email, listening during a conversation, creating chance encounters by dining at an unknown restaurant, or cultivating one's five senses (through simple actions such as having a mindful conversation over tea). Filled with anecdotes, parables, and lessons, this reassuring handbook will appeal to readers who enjoyed Euny Hong's The Power of Nunchi.
Quick and worth a read, felt like just the authors quoting or taking from other books. Like a book referencing stories and ideas from others which feels a bit…uninspired?