Question Your Life

Naikan Self-Reflection and the Transformation of our Stories

Question your Life, edited by Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute, features a collection of life-changing personal essays from those who've used the Japanese practice of self-reflection known as Naikan to reexamine their lives and relationships.

Swimming in Turbulent Waters

Follow those who have endured difficult challenges and through self-reflection have found a path to meaning and acceptance.

Gratitude and Gloom

Even in our darkest moments, finding something to be thankful for is vital

Wake Up — You Have a Body

Develop a sense of your body that strengthens your mind!
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Having Tea with People from our Past

Discover how self-reflection can be used to reconcile and reconnect with others and cultivate a deep sense of gratitude for those who have supported us.

Reflecting on Occasion

Be it a holiday or a moving day, finding gratitude on special occasions makes them all the more special

The Objects of our Attention

See how others have honed their sense of attention to deepen the experience of living


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

This collection of introductory essays, parables, and inspirations explains what Naikan is and how it can be applied to life and celebrations throughout the year.

What is Naikan?

Discover the three questions central to the practice of Naikan.

Giving to Others

Replace forgiving with giving to those in your life.

Wake Up — You Have a Body

Develop a sense of your body that strengthens your mind!
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Gratitude and the Practice of Attention and Reflection in Everyday Life

If you don't pay attention, the countless ways you are supported will go unnoticed!

A Moral Self Examination

In order to evaluate others, we must take a hard look at ourselves first.

The Objects of our Attention

See how others have honed their sense of attention to deepen the experience of living


Hear from former students and those who've read Krech's previous book on the subject, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

Advanced Praise for Question Your Life:

Ron Hogen GreenQuestion Your Life offers a way to appreciate our life and to help us move beyond the small world of our resentments. As we go beyond our habitual way of understanding our past, we can begin to see the gifts of our life that we may have been blind to. Each offering within this book opens a process of illumination and transformation: as we realize that we are more than our old stories, we can let go of the weight of our pain and allow space for a deep sense of gratitude to emerge.
Ron Hogen Green
Sensei—Zen Center of New York City
Viv MonahanThis book is a wonderful illumination of Naikan's power to help humanity heal. The stories reveal a simple, raw honesty told from the lived experience of people who know suffering, humility, and forgiveness. Here is a practice to uncover what else is true about our lives and in the relationships closest to us. A truly beautiful collection.
Viv Monahan
Certified Life Coach specializing in working with people affected by ADHD
Francie LightGregg always seems to bring new ways to look at the questions of Naikan and how they might broaden and deepen the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. It is a wonderful and heart opening read, with so many examples of how Naikan can be used and how it has already changed so many lives. Take a peek, read an essay and let it change you.
Francie Light
Clinical Social Worker, Svaroopa Yoga Teacher

Praise for Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and Self-Reflection

Rabbi Rami ShapiroGregg Krech 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 a book to be read, an art to be lived
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Author of Proverbs: The Wisdom of Solomon
Suzanne M. RichardsThis book offers a fresh and revolutionary framework for cultivating a profound sense of awareness and appreciation of how we are supported by others and the world around us.
Suzanne M. Richards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Lisa A . Miles[Naikan] is a perfect hand-held accompaniment to inward reflection on our ways of relating to people in our lives. The sections of the book read fluidly, with an ease as gentle as the content matter.
Lisa A . Miles
Author of Spiral, An Anthology of Writings in Self Development, Mental Health, & Creativity

Gregg Krech

Author of Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection and Editor of Question Your Life

GREGG KRECH is an author, poet, and one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America. His work has been featured in THE SUN magazine, Tricycle, SELF, Utne Reader, Counseling Today, Cosmopolitan and Experience Life.

His books include "Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection," "A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness," and "The Art of Taking Action," a #1 Amazon best seller. His newest book, "Question Your Life," will be available in September, 2017.

Krech and his wife Linda are the founders of The ToDo Institute, a non-profit center in Vermont that uses Japanese Psychology as an alternative to traditional Western approaches to psychology. Over the past 25 years, Krech has introduced Japanese Psychology, particularly Naikan Therapy, Morita Therapy and Kaizen, to thousands of people through his workshops and online courses.

Krech has curated a one-of-a-kind collection of essays that demonstrate the transformational power of self-reflection.

His work supports a blend of the psychological, the spiritual and the practical based on values such as purpose, gratitude, mindfulness, compassion and constructive action. He is a member of the North American Naikan Counsel and Editor for the quarterly journal "Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living.

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Self-reflection is encouraged in every spiritual tradition. Now there is a structured method that guides you through the process.


Start your transformation today

Begin a journey of self-awareness and the cultivation of gratitude and interdependence.


Refresh stagnant relationships

Reconsider difficult relationships and find a way to reconnect with the important but complicated people in your life.

Enjoy your life

Focus on what truly matters and devise little steps that taken everyday will lead to big changes.

Rediscover yourself

In reflecting on others, you will find out you've not always been who you thought you were.

Move forward with purpose

Examining your past creates a conscious foundation for where you go from here


Self-Reflection, Gratitude, and Grace

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