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The Japanese ideology that gives you the powers to embrace everything life throws at you in order to live at peace and harmoniously – as explained by the global bestselling author who brought you ikigai.

Nagomi represents a state of being where both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ things live in harmonious and beneficial co-existence. Every life will have joys and sorrows, opportunities and misfortunes. Understanding and accepting this is important, but nagomi takes it one step further by showing you how to balance all of these experiences, both positive and negative. A popular and common concept in Japan, to achieve nagomi is to have peace of mind, emotional balance, wellbeing and calmness.

There is no translation for the word nagomi in the English language, and yet it should be in everyone’s vocabulary. It is an incredibly empowering approach to life. Every emotion and experience you might have in your time on this earth is included, minimized, coped with and accepted. The goal is not happiness on its own but balancing these elements that will help you achieve a sense of harmony.

This philosophy can be found at the very heart of Japanese culture, from the way they prepare their food (mixing sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami) to the way they celebrate the preciousness and ephemerality of life during the cherry blossom season.

Bestselling and internationally celebrated author Ken Mogi delves into Japan’s history, into its traditions, its society and also into neuroscience to adapt the concept of nagomi for a Western audience. He shows us how we can create short and long-term nagomi for ourselves through simple hacks from thought processes to exercises and activities.

This book gives you the tools to work efficiently and achieve satisfaction in your life – by arriving at nagomi with oneself.

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