For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. \"F*ck positivity,\" Mark Manson says. \"Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.\" In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can - and should - think like a monk.
Shetty: This becomes a really good lesson for all of us: if you want to truly see something work, you have to go all-in on the process. I would go and practice and I would live like a monk. So I would wake up at 4 a.m. every day. I would wear robes. I would meditate for four to eight hours a day. I would read the books. I would live the life that he was. I compare this to shadowing the CEO that you love. It's literally what it would feel like to just follow around Steve Jobs and wonder how his life was. But to follow his rhythm, to follow the process it took to get to him to where it is.
Expect a book that is a detailed read, one that is bound to take you days to read, and weeks or months to fully implement the lessons that it has to teach. Also, expect a book that is not about growing professionally, but about growing personally and spiritually. Expect a book that teaches you to think and act like with a monk mind, as opposed to a monkey mind.
Jay speaks about life purpose, mental health, relationships, wellbeing, and has appeared on many famous shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and A Little Late with Lilly Singh. He is also a podcast host, former monk, and purpose coach.
Jay also brings out the stark contrast between the monk mind and the monkey mind. A monkey mind is one that overthinks and procrastinates, is distracted by small things, seeks short term gratifications, is demanding and feels entitled, is self-centered and obsessed with multi-tasking, and is controlled by anger, worry and fear.
We are all searching for ways to reduce stress and find peace, especially in a year as challenging as this one. Few people understand how to do that quite like Jay Shetty, a social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, who distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. In this special excerpt from his new book Think Like a Monk (available now from Simon & Schuster, a ViacomCBS company), Shetty shares three ways to opt out of the media mind game and create space for reflection.
I promised you I wouldn't ask you to shave your head and don robes, but how, in the modern world, can we give ourselves the space, silence, and stillness to build awareness Most of us don't sit down and think about our values. We don't like to be alone with our own thoughts. Our inclination is to avoid silence, to try to fill our heads, to keep moving. In a series of studies, researchers from the University of Virginia and Harvard asked participants to spend just six to fifteen minutes alone in a room with no smartphone, no writing instruments, and nothing to read. The researchers then let them listen to music or use their phones. Participants not only preferred their phones and music, many of them even chose to zap themselves with an electric shock rather than be alone with their thoughts. If you go to a networking event every day and have to tell people what you do for a living, it's hard to step away from that reduction of who you are. If you watch Real Housewives every night, you start to think that throwing glasses of wine in your friends' faces is routine behavior. When we fill up our lives and leave ourselves no room to reflect, those distractions become our values by default.
This inspiring and empowering assortment of thoughts, ideas and experience will make you realize that anyone can think like a monk. It will help you clear the roadblocks to your true potential and purpose.
Our values are also largely influenced by what we watch and absorb. Observing and evaluating what we consume is key to thinking like a monk. We do not like to sit alone with our thoughts, but this is an important process to create space for reflection.
There is a difference between the monkey mind and the monk mind. The former is like a child, the latter is an adult. When faced with a challenge, the monkey mind reacts immediately and impulsively. The monk mind, on the other hand, is like an intelligent parent. Striking the right balance between these two minds is a constant challenge.
Also, my young adult children and friends find him relatable, which intrigues me even more. I've listened to the audio format already. I want to be able to share his message and discuss them with like-minded individuals. I think my spiritual home with Unity of Stockton is a great platform to connect with and discuss this fun and insightful book.
The lessons monks learn are profound but often abstract. Shetty transforms them into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve focus, improve relationships, identify our hidden abilities, increase self-discipline and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can - and should - think like a monk.
Such a great intention and this idea of reflection and focusing on what matters and being so deliberate just makes me want to go like backup now you know to sort of the beginning in your wonderful book Think Like a Monk, you start with this story your if I remembering right, your university and your friend invites you to a to a speech with a monk tell us that story and what grows out of it. 59ce067264