Stone Bridge Press is thrilled to share that the new 20th-anniversary edition of Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection is now available in both print and digital everywhere.
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.
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.
Gregg has spoken in international venues to audiences that include mental health professionals, Zen students, hospice volunteers, staff of domestic violence centers, employees of Fortune 500 companies, crisis center staff, Yoga students, Buddhist monks in Thailand, and university students.
He has been conducting retreats and online courses on Japanese methods of psychology for 33 years at the ToDo Institute in Vermont, where he currently lives, writes, and teaches.
“The book’s central notion of being mindful of the over looked gifts we receive daily is illuminating and instructive.”
“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