Book: Think like a Monk
Author – Jay Shetty
Published on – 2020
Genre – Self Help, Spirituality, Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Self-Development
Ratings – ★ ★ ★ ★
Start 2023 with a new purpose in your life.
Through the YouTube community, Jay Shetty has gained a lot of attention and encouraged others to lead peaceful lives. At order to express himself, he wrote the book “Think Like a Monk,” which details his three-year journey in an ashram. I don’t read many self-help books, but because I’m attempting to broaden my reading interests, I figured I’d give this one a shot. My favourite parts of his writing were the examples he provided to clarify concepts. Though it is pretty tightly packed with exercises you may take to get to know yourself and to educate yourself to think more like a monk, it took me a very long time to finish it.
Shetty tells several personal stories about his three years of monk practice at the ashram. He explains the monastic mentality, which is a method of thinking that is still utilized today to live a happier, more serene, and more meaningful existence. In a time when nothing makes sense, Jay Shetty is a relatable voice of reason. There are so many individuals wandering the world aimlessly, selfishly, and entirely detached. I had a great time reading this book and will probably return to it several times.
With his stories of awareness and lessons in service. He makes an effort to explain the meaning of life.
It’s important to know the difference between values and actions. So many people live their lives and act in ways that are inconsistent with their principles. And we need to be aware of our values in order to live a life and have a mind that is at peace. Jay simplifies the steps in this process so that anybody may learn what their core beliefs are and start living their life in accordance with them.
Jay walks us through a fantastic activity to help us navigate through forgiveness and discusses what it means for forgiveness to be a two-way street as well as forgiving ourselves.
Overall, this is a great book that keeps you interested and attentive the entire time; needless to say, once I start reading it, I can’tstop. It actually teaches you to dig deeply and gives you with the practical tools you need to get to know yourself, shift your perspective, and live a better, more serene life. If you are new to self-development or are continuing your path, I strongly suggest this book.
Many of Jay’s quotes hit a nerve with me:
• “Try sleeping with a mosquito if you think you’re too little to make a difference.”
Key takeaways from the book include:
• looking for and continuing to seek out my life’s purpose
• exploring the reasons behind my desire for material possessions only to discover that they are meaningless
• beginning a weekly meditation, breathing, and visualization routine
• learning the difference between attraction and deep connection in relationships
• working to detach from my ego. I am not my accomplishments or shortcomings.
Harshita Kulkarni is a mental health enthusiast, and an avid reader. Being a former psychology student, she enjoys emotionally entangling her readers with thriller-style stories. Reviewing books and movies is her unfiltered hobby. Harshita is currently pursuing a Masters in English Literature.
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