atch as Ryan and Corey explore the many ways we can create meaning for ourselves, introducing the concept of “Integral Ikigai” to help us find and fulfill our deepest life purpose.
“Ikigai” is a classic Japanese concept that basically translates as “a reason for being”, which invites us to look at our own life purpose from four different angles — what we love, what we are good at, what the world needs, and how we make our living. Ryan and Corey take this tremendously insightful model and add a few new layers, enacting it through the lens of integral metatheory in order to find a path of meaning and purpose that can meet you wherever you are in your own developmental arc.
What is especially powerful about the Integral Ikigai is that it can help to reveal a path of integration that allows you to further align your inner sense of meaning and volition with your outer expressions and actions in the world. It encourages you to discover your own unique calling, while also helping you to better identify where you are challenged, where you need to place more of your attention, and where the opportunities for growth are waiting to be discovered.
Whether you feel like you are already living a purpose-driven life, or you are struggling to find meaning in a world that can sometimes seem bereft of it — the Integral Ikigai can help you find ways to further enrich your inner world, to discover an inexhaustible source of inspiration and motivation within yourself, and to bring more skill, passion, and presence to your livelihood.
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About Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, he is a Buddhist Geeks teacher, and is a fully certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his partner Alyssa and stepdaughter Fiona.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.