November: Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty
Insights and wisdom from living life as a monk beautifully translated into the modern world to find peace and purpose in your everyday.....
Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, one of his teachers told him that he would have more impact on the world if he left the monk’s path to share his experience and wisdom with others. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents.
Shetty reconnected with old school friends—many working for some of the world’s largest corporations—who were experiencing tremendous stress, pressure, and unhappiness, and they invited Shetty to coach them on well-being, purpose, and mindfulness.
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.
Fuel For Thought Questions:
1. Shetty states "In every relationship, you have the opportunity to set the level of joy you expect and the level of pain you'll accept." Reflect and give examples on how you have done this in the past or how you could do this better in the present.
2. In what areas of your own life do you operate from a "monkey mind" versus "monkey mind?" Do you notice any similar thought patterns when it comes to the monkey mind? How can you start to take steps using the monk mind to eliminate the monkey mind?
3. Shetty explains why there are more ways to be pulled up than to be pushed down. Do you agree with this? What habits or steps have you taken to lift yourself up in difficult times?
4. Do you agree that everyone should learn to think like a monk? Which chapter resonated with you the most and why?