I’ve come across some Japanese phrases I’d like to share with you. These first three come from a Japanese philosophy for a happy life:
- Ikigai – purpose, meaning, something to do and somewhere to go – with meaning.
- Hara hachi bu – 80% full. What I read about this has to do with feeling 80% full after a meal and being satisfied with that. Let’s expand it, though. Can we be 80% full with things, activities, the to-do list and learn to feel satisfied?
- Moai – community, social/family network.
So! having purpose, being satisfied with a little less and being part of a community with close social and family connections. Sounds about right.
Two more Japanese concepts:
- Wabi sabi – finding beauty in imperfection.
- (this one is my favorite) Kintsugi – from kintsukuroi (golden repair) – “the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold….as a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Can we apply these to life today?