I've been in Japan long enough to think that East Asian insights into knowing, being and doing are extremely valuable. On the Walkshop, I consider one aspect of East Asian culture that Japan, for example, seems to have taken to heart: a mind for the other.
"A mind for the other" is not naive altruism. I see it more like this: if you want a guaranteed sense of freedom, happiness and purpose, then try using your experience and expertise to advance the freedom, happiness and purpose of others. There's only one me in this world, but there are millions of "you" around me, with amazingly diverse skills and experiences. Without the "you" in this world, I can do nothing. I wouldn't even live very long. I am entirely dependent on "you". Doing what I can to empower you may not necessarily lead to you actively advancing my own freedom, happiness and purpose. But actually, I think it will.
Doing stuff "to the power of you" opens the mind's eye to visions of a better future, and how to get there. We may have to change course as circumstances change. But "power of you" thought offers access to a wellspring of great guidance each step of the way.
"The power of you" can change the way you think about just about anything. You can experiment with that simply by adding an upperscript "u" to key words in your life. In 2017, once again, my aim will be to learn more about "life to the power of you" with the help of elderly people in regional Japan, a wellspring of "power of you" culture.