Ikigai and G.I.V.E.

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”  –Goethe

This week we celebrated 36 years of teaching the wisdom traditions at UC San Diego!

In our traditional martial art we have a kata (one minute encrypted embodied experience) on what it is to be an emissary and taught this to everyone to help them develop an even richer understanding on their journey of both passion and purpose.

Here is a sampling for anyone who would like to apply some of the lessons from the wisdom traditions to your work or family on purpose:

G.I.V.E.
Our acronym to help us behave into Ikigai at camp and beyond… (see below)

G: Goethe Quote-
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hold yourself and others with this unconditional positive regard and great expectation and then help them behave into it

I: Inspire Others-
Since inspiring others is a complex phenomenon, while you crack the code on shifting your inspirational style to optimize theirs, simply love them!

V: Vulnerability-
Who Showed up? Your buttoned-down “performing” self or your “authentic” self?

We love you the way you are so don’t waste energy on the former, putting up elaborate shields or playing roles that are not you.

Remember to genuinely improve your performance you first have to work on your authentic self if you want transformation not just iterative improvement…

E: Experience- Let’s strive to continue to create a positive, memorable experience for one another!

As above, so below
Wherever we go, there we are

Ikigai- Clarifying YOUR Reason for Being:RM_IkigaiIllustration

More on Ikigai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai

It is nice that these timeless universal lessons work in many aspects of our selves…

In the spirit and generosity of G.I.V.E:

The 4 critical questions we’re all unconsciously asking each other near constantly…

Here is something that was shared with me that I found profound.
https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/16020-4-questions-we-unconsciously-ask-near-constantly

Thanks this week go to all the members of Aoinagi Ken Shu Kai for their dedication to the path,  and to Dr. ‘OG’ for the link.

Pay it Forward!
Love,
Neville

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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