By Lian Brook-Tyler
“Clowns to the left of me!
Jokers to the right!
Here I am stuck in the middle with you.”
I woke up one morning realising I’m dancing right in the middle of that Ikigai sweet spot… something that felt like an elusive, inconvenient dream for most of my life and annoyingly, not one I could ignore.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being”. Have a look at the diagram above and see where you are currently.
It turns out that my Ikigai is guiding others – especially the world-changers, misfits and magical ones – into theirs. No wonder my sweet spot was elusive until I finally began focusing on others’.
Well played, universe!
Co-leading Waking The Wild Medicine has brought a deeper understanding and experience of this truth… witnessing the circle bring their unique Medicine out of shadow is making my heart sing on the regular.
I suspect that I, even with the boredom threshold of a border collie and the attraction to shiny new things of a magpie, will be doing this work for a very long time to come… a lifetime even.
I can promise you there will be jokers… and kings, queens, elves and priestesses.
Lyrics: Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel