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Naikan

Every wisdom tradition suggests self-reflection as a path to greater awareness and right action. Naikan (loosely translated as “looking inward” and pronounced like the camera Nikon) offers a structured method of seeing ourselves in relation to other people and the world around us. People who practice Naikan report that they have become more humble, more accepting, more grateful, and more aware of the interconnectedness that makes up reality. Naikan provides a way to shift attention to the countless ways in which the world sustains us, and offers a deep realization of our impact on the world around us. This clearer understanding of our relationship to others supports interpersonal reconciliation and a greater appreciation for life itself.