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01 - Meditation and Ikigai

We discuss the importance of meditation in life and as a tool towards ikigai

Season 1, episode 1
1 hr 16 min / Published

Welcome to the Iki Guys Podcast!  In Episode One we explore the significance of meditation both in our greater culture and also personally.  We examine the ways in which Ikigai and meditation intersect, the importance of “beginning at the beginning” with meditation, tools to help aid in the process, and how mindfulness proves to help our lives through continued practice. 


  • meditation
  • ikigai
  • japan
  • personal growth
  • self improvement
  • purpose
  • passion
  • peace
Show notes

Synopsis with time stamps:

What is Ikigai?  Why are we here, doing the show? (1:48)

Personal stories: jobs from the past (6:50)

Personal stories: jobs from the present (11:00)

Introduction to Meditation and Ikigai (6:45)

Meditation: the root of the tree (21:24)

Personal Stories about Meditation - Brett (24:43)

Benefits of Meditation in Community and with Children (33:17)

Meditation in different Cultures 35:05

Personal Stories about Meditation - Nevin (35:30)

Sound and Meditation (37:03)

Consciousness and the Molecular Structure of Water (42:20)

Meditation and Thoughts(46:23)

Forms of Meditation (48:05)

Meditation Tools (52:37)

Meditation: When and Where? (1:03:41)

Meditation in Everyday Life (1:09:16)


Links from Episode:

What is Ikigai? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai

Tim Tamashiro Ted Talk - How to Ikigai https://youtu.be/pk-PcJS2QaU

Healing Manifestation https://www.theguesthouseocala.com/what-does-healing-have-to-do-with-manifestation/

The basics of meditation for kids https://www.healthline.com/health/meditation-for-kids

Benefits of meditation https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation

“The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.” https://mindfulambition.net/finger-and-moon/

Sesshin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesshin

Meditation in Different Cultures https://blog.buddhagroove.com/meditation-in-different-traditions/

Dance Meditation https://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-lessons-dance-meditation/

Cymatics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymatics

Steven Halpern: Great Pyramid OMs Cymatics https://youtu.be/Yw13EAX3cZk

The True Power of Water, Masaru Emoto https://www.amazon.com/True-Power-Water-Discovering-Ourselves/dp/0743289811

Gong Bath Meditation https://mindworks.org/blog/what-is-gong-meditation-and-how-is-it-practiced/

Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processing http://openpsyc.blogspot.com/2014/06/bottom-up-vs-top-down-processing.html

Insight Timer Meditation App https://insighttimer.com/

Waking Up App https://wakingup.com/

Calm Meditation App https://www.calm.com/

Sleepo: Relaxing Sounds App https://sleepo-relaxing-sounds.en.uptodown.com/android

Playne: The Meditation Game https://store.steampowered.com/app/865540/PLAYNE__The_Meditation_Game/


Main Quotes from Episode:

“I have lived with several Zen Masters, all of them cats.”  -Eckart Tolle

“If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.” -Ajahn Amaro

“The most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important of each day.  Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment with the infinite.”  -Roy Eugene Davis


Quotes from Guests/Hosts:

“If you’re so focused on just surviving, you don’t have any time to give.” - Brett

“There’s plenty of people out there that don’t really start down the path they were meant to do until later in life.  And that goes with meditation too.” - Nevin

“It’s never too late to start.  In fact, it’s a disservice to yourself, because it can benefit so many things in your life.”  - Brett


People Mentioned - Links to their bios (wiki pages)

Tim Tamshiro http://www.timtamashiro.ca/tim-tamashiro-bio

Alan Rickman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Rickman

Martha Stewart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Stewart

Stan Lee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee

Eckart Tolle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhart_Tolle

Lao Tzu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi

Masaru Emoto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto

Ajahn Amaro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajahn_Amaro

Sam Harris https://samharris.org/

Roy Eugene Davis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Eugene_Davis

Thich Nhat Hanh https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/


Related & Recommended Episodes/Other material:

Ajahn Amaro Guided Meditation https://youtu.be/M6zl6-Rqfy0



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