The 5 Pillar Framework
We can see that the concept of Ikigai as practiced by Japanese is very different from the misunderstood idea by the West. Ikigai is not the ‘Purpose’ framework reinterpreted, but rather a state of being, as well as the practice of mindfulness and gratitude. Ikigai can be the taking of joy in small pleasures as well as the pursuit of a life-defining goal.
If you are looking for a framework to follow, then Ken Mogi’s 5 Pillar supportive framework will serve you well. The 5 pillars are a support framework – “they are not mutually exclusive or exhaustive, nor do they have a particular order or hierarchy”.