31 Dec Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
via Next Big Idea Club by Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty is a storyteller, podcaster, and former monk. He is on a mission to share the timeless wisdom of the world in an accessible, relevant, and practical way. Shetty has created over 400 viral videos with over 5 billion views, and hosts the #1 Health and Wellness podcast in the world, On Purpose.
Below, Jay shares 5 key insights from his new book, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day. Download the Next Big Idea App to enjoy more audio “Book Bites,” plus Ideas of the Day, ad-free podcast episodes, and more.
1. Understand your identity.
Think about what you’re pursuing in life; is that what you truly want, or has that goal been impacted by society and the expectations of others? The writer Charles Horton Cooley once said, “I am not what I think I am. I’m not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.” In other words, we generate our lives according to what we think people think we should do. So to truly understand our identity, we have to reflect on our goals and ask ourselves whether what we’re chasing is really aligned with who we are, or whether it has come from some external influence.
2. Minimize negativity.
We all experience negativity in our lives, and while we can’t control the people around us, we can often choose who we want to be around in the first place. This is an important quality of monk life, and it’s one of the reasons why monks have been shown to have the happiest brains on the planet. This idea is nicely wrapped up in the 25/75 principle—25% of the time, we may be around people that drag us down, but why not spend the other 75% of our time with people who pull us up?
“How can you use your passion and strengths to make other people’s lives better?”
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