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Increase Gratitude with the practice of Japanese Naikan — 8 Comments

  1. A great inspiring post. Thanks Sharani for sharing such insightful thoughts.
    “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

    I am really grateful to for your welcome message.I always draw my inspiration from you.
    God bless.

  2. Many thanks for this inspiring post in regard to Naikan. This indeed can be helpful for all of us! I have never heard of Naikan, but this is very interesting and very inspiring. This would be good for all of us to reflect on these questions…

    • I was delighted to discover this thread about Naikan. It is indeed a transformative practice! I have been working with Naikan since 1988, and continue to be impressed by what it reveals. It is a three question reality check that helps us to develop a more accurate picture of reality. Naikan very naturally stimulates appreciation for life and reveals the interdependent web we are embedded in.

      The ToDo Institute offers programs and resources about Naikan (and Morita Therapy). For further information go to: http://www.todoinstitute.org

      Best wishes,
      Linda Anderson Krech

    • Hi Kedar and Linda,
      Kedar: I’m glad you found learning of this as intriguing as I did. You have offered several interesting exposes of different aspects of Japanese culture on your blogs and I have always learned something from your perspective. The comment below yours lists a link to a center offering Naikan practice in the U.S. Maybe there is something in Zurich too?

      Linda: thanks for mentioning about The ToDo Institute. I meant to mention them as an American resource for this practice and neglected to do it. I learned a lot about it from reading on this website. My first introduction to the concept came in a book called Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Professor Robert Emmons.

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  4. Talk about synchronicity! I recently read about Naikan and then, I was drawn to discover your blog. I share the philosophy underlying these practices and would encourage people to explore them if they would like to develop a deeper sense of self. Its wonderful to learn to extend your present sense of joy backwards, that is, to generate thoughts of gratitude for experiences and people who form part of your past.

    • Hi Liara,
      I love your choice of words “extend your present sense of joy backwards.” That phrase will definitely stay with me. Thanks for visiting and happy blessing counting.