Pronounced ee-kee-guy, Ikigai is most often translated as “a reason for being.” The premise is when you bring together what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for, that is when you have found your Ikigai. Once you have found your reason for life, your health will improve.
A Venn diagram shows Ikigai situated at the center point of what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can make income from. Finding the answers to these four questions and figuring out how they all work in alignment will provide you with a sense of peacefulness, purpose and reduced stress.
A similar visual approach is a Transformational Mandala, where you draw a circle in the middle that represents you or your spirit. Then you draw additional elements around your center circle that represent the important areas of your life (such as love, health, wealth, and personal self-expression) as it relates to your inner spirit, with the goal of keeping all these key areas in balance. The LIGHTEN™ Model diagram is a form of Transformational Mandala because it shows the parts of your life you need to balance to sustain long-lasting stress relief.
What’s fun about both the Ikigai and Transformational Mandala is that you can update and modify the areas of your life that are important, and keep a visual representation as a reminder to maintain balance.
Header Ikigai image courtesy of YourStory
Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.