Gratitude, Grace,and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection by Gregg Krech.
Rooted in Japanese tradition, Naikan ("nye-kahn") is a structured method for intensely meditating on our lives, our interconnections, our missteps. Through Naikan, we develop a natural and profound sense of gratitude for blessings bestowed on us by others, blessings that were always there but went unnoticed.
This collection of introductory essays, parables, and inspirations explains what Naikan is and how it can be applied to life and celebrations throughout the year.
GREGG KRECH is Executive Director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center located near Middlebury, Vermont. Krech is a leading expert on Japanese approaches to mental health and well-being and the author of several books.
216 pp, 6 x 7", paper,
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Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self Reflection by Gregg Krech is simply a delightful, insightful little book. For those not familiar with Naikan or "looking inward" this publication offers a clear and very readable approach to the principles associated with this form of meditative reflection. There is also, I feel, value here even for those who are familiar with this process. The steps which Mr Krech puts forward so that one can begin their own Naikan practice are easy to follow and really do give a refreshing, uplifting alternative to the pessimistic and uninspired way of living that seems to have gripped so many people in our modern age. All in all, a big yes to this book for the hope, inspiration and positive thoughtfulness that it provides. It works.