Think Like a Monk

Think like a Monk: Train your mind for peace and purpose every day by Jay Shetty.

I don’t normally do a book review until I’ve finished reading it but I thought I would give a taster for this only because, right now he is in the middle of a 20-day meditation and passages from his book reading session (by middle I mean day 5) which he is doing live at 5.30 pm on Facebook and Instagram.

There are 11 chapters in the book and I have just finished chapter 3 on Fear. So far the book is really good. It’s about looking into yourself and really thinking about what you do and how to go about transforming yourself to be calmer and at peace. With the current state of the world and with everyone struggling with living in a pandemic, this book is really appropriate at the moment. One thing I like about this book is that it has quotes from the Bhagvad Gita which is about the conversation between Arjun and Lord Krishna just before the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas begins.

At the moment, having time to read is a struggle and so I’m hoping that by listening to his live meditation sessions I can try and keep up to date with his book. I watched one of them – not live with the girls before bed and then yesterday, they wanted to listen to it again before bed. I’m always trying to do some meditation, yoga or something like that with the girls especially before bed so I’m hoping that for the next 15 days I have something that they will like. Plus he seems quite young so maybe someone that the girls can relate to a little more. Also his wife has beautiful curly hair like my younger daughter so I’m constantly bombarding her with pictures of this beautiful curly hair so that she will like her hair too!

I’ve been listening to Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose for a while, another thing that has seemed like a saviour during this lockdown. Jay Shetty is a British Indian who decided to go to India to follow a different path – that of a monk. He lived in an Ashram for three years after finishing school instead of following a regular career path into the finance world as was expected of him. Once he got back he started coaching friends on wellbeing, mindfulness and purpose and has just grown from there to ‘become one of the world’s most popular thought leaders’.

I definitely recommend following his podcast or getting his book and listening to his meditation that’s going on at the moment.

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