NAIKAN – A PATH TO INNER HARMONY
Naikan is a Japanese word that means to look within oneself and refers to the practice of inner reflecting. It was established as a self-reflection technique by Ishin Yoshimoto (1916 – 1988). He had been encouraged to ‘just entrust’ all his life, even in that which he did not understand. He was raised in an environment that embraced the concept of sonomama, a Japanese term used to express the sentiment, “accept what is, as is”. Naikan encourages self awareness and the acceptance of people and events in your life as they unfold.
Naikan Therapy is a short-term structured process where you will be given the opportunity to review your life from birth until the present day. Naikan gives you a valuable and life-altering chance to look closely at all the people who have impacted your life, starting with your parents. You will also be able to review all events and the circumstances that help shape you into the beautiful, unique person you are today.
WHAT IF YOU WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO FIND HARMONY IN ALL YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?
Imagine how peaceful you would feel if all your relationships were based on appreciation, acceptance and understanding? As a Naikan instructor, I have watched walls of anger, disappointment, sadness and regret, melt away as a deeper level of awareness is reached. Naikan is a powerful, life-changing experience. It is a unique opportunity to be able to step back and review your life in such great detail. It is a humbling experience. It will expand your heart and mind.
Naikan can help with marital and family conflicts, relationship issues, depression, self-esteem issues, and addictive behaviors.
The profound impact Naikan has had on many individuals over the past century, resulted in its use in other areas of Japanese society. Today, there are about 40 Naikan centers in Japan and Naikan is used in mental health counseling, addiction treatment, rehabilitation of prisoners, schools, and business. Naikan centers are now established in the USA, Australia, Austria and Germany.