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Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie, from the best-selling authors of Ikigai

Every moment in our life happens only once, and if we let it slip away, we lose it forever - an idea captured by the Japanese phrase ichigo ichie. Often spoken in Japan when greeting someone or saying goodbye, to convey that the encounter is unique and special, it is a tenet of Zen Buddhism and is attributed to a 16th-century master of the Japanese tea ceremony, or 'ceremony of attention', whose intricate rituals compel us to focus on the present moment. 

The Book of Ichigo-Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way is an inspirational work which shows us how to:

  • Free ourselves from the past and the future and to make each moment something unique.
  • Bring into our lives the Zen that Steve Jobs learned from a Japanese master, and which was key to his success.
  • Turn coincidences into a tool for conscious magic.
  • Create unforgettable moments in professional and personal circles.
  • Improve our relationships with a new type of mindfulness.
  • Open the floodgates to the flow of creativity whenever we need it.

The Book of Ichigo Ichie will help you find your ikigai.

©2020 Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Living in the present cannot be done by...

Living in the present cannot be done by following laws, but as a Spirit-led day-to-day process



This book makes a clear, powerful stand on how to live in the present.

With conspicuous observations of how we in western society don’t do this, the author reveals techniques, speech patterns, and lifestyle practices to aid us in how to live moment to moment.

For anybody who has studied theology or philosophy of any kind, one powerful conclusion that we can gain about life, is that living in the present is a key to peace and joy.

The question of course is: ‘how?’

Ichigo Ichie presents all the methods we can employ to do this.

From breathing exercises, to dialogue injections, to 10 principles of the philosophy, it’s a comprehensive guide.

The only problem—and this is a large one—is the challenge of application.

To apply this to life, is to live another form of law.

Any philosopher will know that humanity as a species struggles with living by law.

We will naturally try to change, add, or subtract from it. It’s just our way.

In keeping in mind this folly of the human condition, a more complete understanding of Ichigo Ichie, would be to relay this brokenness that we all deal with; a reluctance easily described as ‘disobedience’ or ‘rebellion.’

Regardless, the book makes a solid point with good supporting observations of the human plight.

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  • 03-08-20

Mindfulness as a craft

Mindfulness has become such a trend that it risks losing its ability to engage people and transform lives. I love that this book deliberately avoids leaning on the term and instead seeks to teach the reader the art of living in the present moment. It has completely shifted my perspective on the subject and I am finding myself consciously entering interactions with a sense of ichigo ichie and striving to make the most of each moment as it unfolds. Highly recommended.

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  • SAH
  • 02-29-20

An ichigo ichie experience itself

What a pleasure it was to listen to this book. Being of Japanese background, I felt very close to my roots and was reminded of how important it is to never loose connection with our spiritual way of facing life. It took me away from everyday mundane circumstances and fulfilled me with joy, like the light breeze of ocean on a pleasant summer afternoon. I will listen to it again and recommend to anyone in need of reconnecting with their core.

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  • 02-12-22

Excellent

Love the narrators voice. Story has so much sense and open so many different prospectives.

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  • liza
  • 11-16-21

An interesting and easy listen. Ichigo Ichie

Really enjoyed this. Great narrator. I have previously listened to a couple of books about the Japanese concept of wabi sabi and I think this book compliments this. I probably got more from this book because I have a basic understanding of wabi sabi. Having said that, I highly recommend either way. I’m now going to buy the actual book, so I can physically flick through it and remind myself of some of the tips and ideas to help me live in the present moment.

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  • M G.
  • 02-26-21

Beautiful and great to learn key Japanese Concepts for Living Well

Beautifully narrated. Never feeling rushed or too slow. I found this very relaxing and enlightening listening.

Bonus is the clear pronunciation of Japanese terms (not to mention a couple of expressions in of Latin, Italian etc) and a degree of repetition that really helped me to remember. This beautiful approach to harmony, emphasising the heightening of sensations through stillness and awareness in each moment.

Lovingly written and beautifully narrated.
I could easily listen and enjoy this many more times.

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  • Tasha
  • 01-26-21

Life changing

I think daily of the message in this book and it helps me remain rational and calm whenever I think my world is falling apart

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  • Tinned Tomato
  • 01-02-21

Better than I expected

If you are interested in mindfulness and being on the moment this japanese based book is a great approach
Enjoyed and hopefully learning from it

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  • 09-08-20

Good but not as good as Ikigai

While I did enjoy the book, it wasn't as good as Ikigai and I don't think that I'll read it again

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  • 05-27-20

Outstanding!

Wow! this book really changed my life as I have PTSD and struggle to live in the moment. Thank you!