Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection – Gregg Krech


This book kind of really wakes you up to to “what IS” rather than “what was” or “what might have been”. In fact, the practice of Naikan focuses on this shift in perspective.

It’s message is like a cold shower for us to see that we are not 100% independent and achieve everything in life by ourselves; there’s a whole universe behind that supports us unceasingly.  Starting with the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the earth we walk on, the books we read, people we come across, everything plays a role in our life. We learn to see our relationships more objectively: with ourselves, with the others. Practicing Naikan we might get to develop a natural and profound sense of gratitude for blessings offered to us by others; many times these blessings were always there but went unnoticed.

Three questions are essential in Naikan:

“What have I received from the people in my life?”

“What have I given to them?”

“What problems and troubles have I caused them?”


Gregg Krech is Executive Director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont.



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