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7 Japanese techniques to navigate life

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I was scrolling through instagram the other week, as you do, when I came across this and it stopped me in my tracks. I thought it was quite wonderful and felt the urge to put it up here for you all to see.

I want to fully acknowledge and thank @librarymindset who posted it under the title “7 Japanese techniques to overcome laziness.” I felt the word “laziness” could be misleading as it really is about a philosophical way of looking at and handling the complexities of life with all it’s trials and tribulations and challenges. Other than that, I have reproduced this verbatim.


It means having a purpose in life. The reason you wake up each morning.

4 rules of IKIGAI:

  • Do what you love
  • Do what you’re good at
  • Do what the world needs
  • Do what you can be paid for


It means focusing on small improvements every day. Trying to become 1% better every day.


It’s a concept from Zen Buddhism which means approaching things with a beginner mindset.

“If your mind is empty….it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”. Shunryu Suzuki ( author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind ).


This means to stop eating after you’re 80% full. If you eat too much you’re more likely to feel lazy.


Shinrin in Japanese means “forest”, and yoku means “bath”. It simply means that one should spend more time in nature.


This means that instead of perfection one should find beauty in imperfection.


This means that one should be patient and do the best possible.

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