Entries by Gregg Krech


“In Naikan, understanding ourselves and empathizing with others are actually considered as one.  In order to really empathize with others, we must reflect on and observe our own behavior.” – Norimasa Nishida Empathy is the ability to understand the experience and feelings of another person.  This is an essential skill in human relationships and because […]

When We’re Suffering the Most

Whether we are facing a life-threatening illness, a home that has burned to the ground or the disappointment of not getting a promotion, life continues to push us up against our edge.  In the film, Manchester by the Sea, we see a character, Lee Chandler, who is continuously pushed beyond his ability to cope with […]

Our Parents in Retrospect

I had the opportunity to reflect on both my father and mother during many Naikan retreats over the past 28 years.  I had turbulent relationships with both my parents during my childhood, but I credit Naikan reflection for opening my eyes and my heart to my parent’s love, and for moving me to a place […]

Welcome to a World of Self-Reflection

[ Photo by Vamps – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 ee, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33041011 ] There is a good chance that at some point earlier today you looked in a mirror. Maybe you were brushing your hair, putting on makeup or trimming your beard. Maybe you were about to leave your house and you just wanted to make sure […]