Ive always loved the concept of Ikigai. A Japanese word that translates to ones destiny, ones purpose, ones part in creation. Finding ones Ikigai begins with discovering self. Once we uncover who we are, as opposed to who we thought we were, we get to discover what it is we have to offer. This life was always meant to be lived with joy, we thrive on meaning and offering our contribution to the greater whole. Somewhere along the way, I forgot this, ignoring the wisdom of my heart, I lived primarily from my mind. When I get really honest, I see that many of my life decisions were primarily driven by my need to get somewhere. Where I don’t know, looking back I think I thought that there was some place to arrive at. I was trying to be someone, be something.
I think as children we have this innate knowing to follow our bliss, as I watch my boys play, I am fascinated by how, totally present and in the moment they are. At what point did I stop playing, when did the layers accumulate, when did the fear and thoughts of self survival kick in? Things are shifting dramatically in the world, there is a collective realisation that the old ways are not working. Our collective depressions and sorrows, the boredom and addictions are coming from disconnection to self, to our families, our planet, our tribe, our Ikigai.
No longer is food, television, consuming or medication, filling the deep void within. The collective beliefs, programming and ancestral pattern that had me stuck in survival are falling away. Living a life, a job, a relationship that does not truly nourish soul is no longer an option. There is so much more, now is all I have. My deep longings once silenced are rising in the form of anxieties upsets and angers. The wisdom of emotions, the perfect indicator to how I am travelling in life, how far I have strayed from my core truth, my Ikigai.
Chaos is a powerful thing, as old structures and old ways of being crumble, truth emerges, the new is birthed. As the old continues to fall away, I am remembering that this life was meant to be a soulful one of passion, adventure and love. May all of us remember who we really are x