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A beautiful Japanese word : Ikigai
Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese
concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according
to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep
and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is
regarded as being very important, since it is believed
that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and
meaning to life.
Finding the purpose of your life.
The Japanese call it IKIGAI and this is how you derive it.
— @emmyzen (Emmy van Deurzen)
The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki (生
き?), referring to life, and kai (甲斐?), which roughly
means "the realisation of what one expects and hopes for".
In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a
reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to
enjoy life...the word is used to refer to mental and
spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that
their lives are valuable. It's not necessarily linked to
one's economic status or the present state of society.
Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they
have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai.
— with Punnapa Norsaengsri
*Dr HELEN GRIMMETT *
Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education
Professional Experience Liaison - Primary
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Helen Grimmett (2016): The Problem of “Just Tell Us”:
Insights from Playing with Poetic Inquiry and Dialogical
Self Theory, /Studying Teacher Education/, DOI:
Helen Grimmett (2014), The Practice of Teachers'
Professional Development: A Cultural-Historical Approach
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
On 25 April 2016 at 14:09, Andy Blunden <firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you come across the Japanese word "ikigai",
Valerie? I believe it translates as "a reason to get
up in the morning, a reason to live." I think we all
need ikigai, and our world is made up of other
people's ikigai (or whatever the plural is).
On 25/04/2016 2:03 PM, Wilkinson wrote:
Note (a continuation):
I was in such a hurry that I couldn't remember
"the project as unit of analysis." (thanks Andy)
We do progress! It's not just survival of the
fittest, but also mutual aid is a factor. And
like we used to say in Medieval Lit,
"when Adam dug and Eve spun,
who was then a "gentleman"?
On 2016/04/25 12:13, Wilkinson wrote:
Life in the present mode of existence, being.
Hello, dear Xmca-er colleagues.
I'm checking in as a woman scholar voice doing
research in General
Systems Theory. Once I was just at the
beginning and now nearly the end
of my institutional career. In Japan. A
I live in an educational world where the
children have been taught that
the nail that sticks out gets beaten down.
As a systems theorist, at the level of self,
group, community - living
systems naturally seek equilibrium. So why
would I vote or not vote for
Sanders? Why would I vote or not vote for Hilary?
40 years of teaching languages, Latin, Greek,
English, has been to make
my living. What I love and want to talk about
is how to create a great
team, produce a film, coordinate a
satisfactory project, with the young
ones who are enacting the managerial roles
having the full support of
the community of adults, both in and out of
the academy. Moreover,
peer-learning, which appears essential, and
has so appeared to me since
I was seven, "teaching" my one year younger
brother how to read my first
Time and again Andy, Larry, and Mike have
responded lucidly and kindly
to my flashing dives into the stream. I feel
that Andy's "project" as
mode/method/focus for the self, the team, and
the community is coherent,
articulate, manageable. So if I fear and
dread recursions of 30s
horrors, world depression, anti-union, the
ghastly shape of Nazism
appearing, the shape of Joseph McCarthy's
witch-hunts, it's not going to
help much with my projects of today, this
But coming back again and again to the
present, the projects I am doing
now, this week, this month, working out how to
stay in contact with the
players, get announcements out to the
community, well, that is quite
enough for me to do. Since the kids are grown
up and don't need me so
much, I have to encourage young students to
join clubs, have meetings,
plan events. Just have to stay busy ...
But always coming back to General Systems
Theory, and moving with the
present, as a woman/mother/lover/teacher/faculty
member/participant-observer, I value the
exquisite mind of Ross Ashby
and "requisite variety," which is what a
viable system needs to survive,
an environment which draws out the creative,
which satisfies the hunger.
Permeable membranes and interface is how I
see the interaction of
nations and communities and teams and people
and families and the cells
in the body maintaining health.
It is hard for me to check in or dive in with
a word, but XMCA continues
to be the best forum for my serendipities and
reading of the news. I'm still a GST person
and keep my eye on Ervin
Laszlow and the Budapest Club for
international cooperative ventures in
sustainable business, a benign transition to
an age of ultra-technology,
in which human communities can create
environmentally friendly renewable energy and
so on. I live in Japan
and my brother's family members live in
Germany. Living in the present
does not mean just today. I see that it means
progressing toward better
education, better health, better food supply.
I still want to pay
attention to Japan and Germany - and where
ever people have learned that
wholesome, calm work places, educational
opportunities and intrinsic
development, taking it easy and taking it
slow, are altogether so much
better than war, war, bombs, and
military/industrial complex money blah,
messing up the academy, truncating creativity,
killing joyful work
places. (But now I see that I am standing on a
box in a park instead of
getting on with my projects for today).
2016/04/25 9:29, mike cole wrote:
This is how Sanders represents himself in
a way that appeals to a good
Americans. They do not
know what to call it and neither does he.
I offer it as evidence about an
unusual phenomenon in American political
life that feels to this dated
person a LOT like what I understand of the
1930's in this country. I come
from a line of premature anti-fascists and
who were firm believers in the first
ammendment to the constitution of
US. What I see in this election is very
disturbingly like what those
around my birth were all about.
The result in that case was a massive
world war and the beginning of the
The result in this case?
Who was it you were asking me to vote for?
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