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Naikan, Anniversary Edition

Naikan, Anniversary Edition

Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

This new edition marks the 20th anniversary of this important and influential book with new and updated materials.

Naikan is a Japanese word that means “inside looking” or “introspection.” A more poetic translation is “seeing oneself with the mind’s eye.” Drawing on Eastern spiritual and psychological traditions, Naikan is an effective method of self-reflection for cultivating self-awareness, gratitude, empathy, and a path for moving forward in our lives. 

This edition commemorates the 20th anniversary of this influential work’s first publication. Author Gregg Krech, now after 30+ years of teaching Naikan, shares the depth of his experience with essays, parables, poems, quotations, and recommended reflection exercises, and includes new material on relationships, a 7-day practice program, and an updated appendix for counseling professionals.

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“The book’s central notion of being mindful of the over looked gifts we receive daily is illuminating and instructive.”

Publishers Weekly

Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self- Reflection is an invaluable resource for anyone who practices everyday spirituality. The author presents plenty of concrete exercises that will spur your soul to attention, kindness, com- passion, and, most of all, gratitude. Krech is especially cogent in his emphasis upon the connections that give life meaning and the importance of including inanimate objects in the orbit of our care and genuine love.”

Spirituality and Practice

“Cultivating gratitude is among the most powerful and transformative spiritual practices in which you can engage. Gregg Krech’s new book, Naikan, focuses on the art of gratitude, offering in a subtly simple, no nonsense, and highly useful style, practical ways to cultivate it in our own lives. This is is a book to be read, and an art to lived.”

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Proverbs, the Wisdom of Solomon

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About the Author(s)

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech

Gregg Krech is the author of five books on Japanese Psychology, including The Art of Taking Action (2015), which has been an Amazon bestseller for five years. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Romanian. 

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