Review: Think Like a Monk

The Book Cover

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

My rating: 4.5 of 5 star

Introduction:

Jay Shetty is famous worldwide for making wisdom go viral. We already know about his motivational videos on Youtube, the “On Purpose” podcast and lots more.
It was around 2017 when I first came across the videos made by Jay Shetty. At that time, I was living alone in a vast metropolitan like Mumbai.
Financially not stable at all, emotionally reckless. Always looking for ways to get external validations.
But those Youtube videos inspired me a lot. They changed my mindset and helped me to become a better version than I was before.
Jay has always spoken about finding your purpose, which is necessary for every human being. Otherwise, you’ll only get back to the rabbit hole of disappointments and addictions.

First Impression:

When I first heard about Jay’s Book, I was amazed at first. I knew this book will contain all his wisdom, the knowledge he gathered while serving as a Monk. This will have all the tools to get a sense of your purpose, to achieve a Monk Mindset.

Main Idea:

The idea of the book is to develop a Monk Mindset. There is difference between a Monkey Mindset and a Monk Mindset. There are different tools, ancient techniques to achieve this mindset.
Jay has mentioned three parts: Let Go, Grow & Give.
Letting go comprises of getting rid of negativity and fears.
Grow is associated with discovering “Dharma”.
As per the book, ” Living in your dharma is a certain route to fulfilment.”
Last but not least, the act of service is the highest purpose. Serve others unconditionally. You will get a sense of well being, you’ll be happy and motivated.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a new direction in life, if you are willing to change yourself; this is the book you need to read now.
Former Monk, Jay Shetty has gathered all the wisdom in this book. It will help you to look out for the root causes of your anxiety, and how to save yourself from the vicious rabbit hole of negativity.
Here the author focuses on Purpose, the causes of fear, detachment, relationships, service etc.
Someone who loves to dwell deeper in personal development will love this book.
Jay has also illustrated the different types of meditation. Why we all need meditation and how it enriches us as a human being, it is all in there.
I would recommend this book.
Just give yourself some time and read with patience. You will get a sense of fulfilment.

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Diary 2020: What I learnt this year.

Everything changes with time. People change, they grow. Relationships change, they tumble. Nothing lasts forever.


We are nothing but a collection of atoms. Life is nothing but a collection of memories. We all are here for only a bounded period. Every passing moment is becoming part of a memory.

random thought by me 🙂


All these feels like a cliche! But it is part of our reality. A human being passes through multiple stages in life. From childhood to adulthood, the path is full of ups and downs. On the way, one will experience numerous emotions.
Throughout the lifetime, you’ll meet innumerable people. You’ll connect with a lot of them. But the definition of friendship changes with time.


We all have only a finite time here on earth. So why should we waste it by making friends?


I always used to ask this question to myself in childhood. Obviously, at that time I didn’t have many friends. This will sound funny but only a few are connected with me through social media. We usually don’t interact at all.
College was different for me, there I made a lot of new friends, my personality also developed. I became a sociable person. Though change is evident.


I moved outside of Bengal after getting a job, my location was Mumbai for two years. And the world was turned upside down. Part of me evolved, growth is supposed to happen when you step out of your comfort zone.
And when you realize, It’s already made a huge difference in your personality.
Out of the blue, a part of me realized that I was being unfollowed and ignored by friends.
At first, it started with Facebook, many of them unfollowed me. Then unfriended me. It’s not their fault completely! I didn’t manage to contact them while I was in Mumbai.
I came back to Kolkata. I was back home. Again life changed. It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. At times, the change was extremely overwhelming.


And I could only write about it. As only blogging could make me feel calm.
Today I decided to document it. Because it has been a continuous process of being avoided.
I must admit, I have never been great with my relationships, let it be with any colleague or any classmate or any friends. My whole life is revolving around all those numerous fights I had with random friends. Most of the time in my life I’ve been a ‘Lone-wolf’.


There were moments when I sincerely tried to be a good friend, but most of the time I have failed miserably.


2020 has been a huge challenge for every living person on earth. There’s no doubt in that. But I want to thank 2020 for bringing clarity in my life. A lot of events took place, and I realized who was there for me. Seven months have passed, now hardly anyone asks me anything! No friend calls me or asks me if I am happy.
I was so determined to remove negative influences from my life that all that I’ve left in my life is only a single digit of people who are eager to talk to me.
They say when you grow you start to lose friends. I guess they never meant to stay anyway. It’s hard when you have a lot to share, a lot of things to tell. But you are ignored in return.
Anyways, I have always respected boundaries. If someone ignores or avoids you, you don’t disturb them anymore. That’s how you are going to keep everyone happy.


2020 is forcing me to progress and it will prepare me for the upcoming challenges. Three more months are left, let’s see what happens next.

Those tiny moments of joy

It’s been a while writing a blog post. Someone like me who is an ambivert, who is constantly looking for new inspirations, new interactions. These last seven months have been like a major transformation.
Someone who overthinks most of the time. It was tough for me to stop writing for a while. All of my emotions were bottled up. I felt imprisoned for quite some time. It’s not like I wasn’t breathing or eating a nourishing meal.

It was craving for the fresh air which was flowing outside, I missed watching the sunset while walking with a friend.
I missed all the little pleasures of life.

Like seeing the flowers blooming or the tea stall just outside of my office. The view lingers inside my mind.
All the seasons were passing one by one. All I could just do was to see from my window, most of the time I even missed the sunset because I was busy attending meetings.
It’s not that I am complaining, it’s just that I missed what mundane life was. The serene walks around the garden, the morning sun ray’s reaching for my skin. It’s all now a memory.

They say nothing is permanent in this world. I never realized it before, and then pandemic happened. Maybe I shouldn’t have taken those coffee chats for granted. Maybe, I could have visited my friends more often.

Hope it gets back to where it used to be. Life is made of all the sweet moments.

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” 

Attributed to various sources

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You & Me

Being a part,

in your art is one of my dreams.

Trying to fetch,

all those steps where you could be waiting for me.

I often scream in my dream,

and all I want is just to see your face.

Taking a break,

for that date when you’ll be with me.

I don’t know,

why did you go miles away from me?

But I’m still waiting,

while this heart’s beating ;

if it is still “You & Me”.

written on 5th Feb, 2016

After a long time, I was going through my old journals. And this poem just caught my eye. I have no idea, what I was thinking while writing this poem. Somehow, all the lines rhyme together pretty well. And it feels like a love poem. I was quite amused after finding this piece of art.

I must have always been undoubtedly fond of writing. Many of the writings are not even available to me now. Though this one was a complete surprise.

Poetry is not my style most of the times. I just wrote how I felt. Don’t forget to comment on your views on this one. I’ll really appreciate your response.

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The Vault Of Vishnu: blending history, mystery & fiction altogether

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This was my first time reading Ashwin Sanghi book. I’ve heard a lot about the author earlier. The ‘Bharat Series’ is extremely popular among the readers. Fortunately, one of my friend; Debayan, recommended me this book.

I do have an obsession with mythology and historical books. ‘The Shiva Trilogy’ left quite of an impression on me. ‘The Vault of Vishnu’ has significant historical events mentioned in it. The author has blended history with fiction, and presented how much alluring Bio-engineering can be!

Ashwin Sanghi has researched intensively on ancient Indian history. The historical events and places are mentioned explicitly. As a history lover, anyone will fall in love with all the details. Indians can relate to the storyline in every step. The Indo-China border, the ancient silk route, how the export & import of goods occurred between them. One will surely relive the past here.

The story is full of information. At times, the reader won’t be able to put the book down. The storyline evolves with keenness and much depth. There are characters from around the world. There are characters of different shades. From the holy Buddhist Monk to the evil opportunist, everyone will be found.

This is kind of rare to witness even in books. What I really liked, is the protagonist is a woman. The protagonist Pam Khurana is portrayed as the determined & bold woman of present-day India. Her character has strength. And she will achieve what she wants, no matter what you throw on her way! Throughout the story, there was a desire to know who’s behind all these? What happens next?

The story revolves around the Chinese monk Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to India. Heartwarming, vivid narration is given about the path taken by Xuanzang during his long journey through the kingdoms of Tang Dynasty, The Great Khan Empire, The Pallavas etc. There are also events from present India & its current Geo-Political situations.

In brief, you’ll get to observe how ancient India has come this far. How our culture has evolved. And how our future will look like.

I would recommend every Indian to read this book. We can easily relate to the situations. And you won’t regret it. This book will be a great quarantine pass time for sure.

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Growth seems to be ceaseless

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Now, these are the most uncertain time of our lives. We all never anticipated something like this to happen! We don’t know when it will be over. It has already been more than a month of my quarantine while I am writing this post.

We all had high hopes for 2020. We made goals and plans for the year ahead. Now the first quarter of the year is over, and most of the people in the world are now clueless. We have become victims of the circumstances.

We are forced to stay indoors, we are forced to work from home. The humankind is pushed through the edge, we have to change the normal lifestyle we have.

Everything normal feels unreal now. The unexpected has replaced the normal.

The daily routine is now changed. Every household is facing issues with this new set of daily chores. Let’s get to this easier example. Whenever you are looking at any social network, there are a lot of recipes, dalgona coffee, quarantine pics etc.

There is no certainty when this quarantine will be over. We can take a break from the hasty lifestyle now. We can sleep for proper hours and binge watch series. We can start reading the book which was not finished for long. We can stay indoors and be safe from the pandemic. There are endless options.

The choice is yours. You can invest the time by doing what you love. You can also submerge in frustration and dwell into depression during the quarantine. We become what we think. This is the time to become more mindful about the areas in life which were neglected for long. So when the pandemic is over, you’ll rise like a Pheonix. You’ll be changed, you’ll have growth. I know, this sounds corny. But this time can be implemented in many different ways.

Most of us are anxious now. It feels like the end of the world. Staying indoors can be extremely boring. But try to think from a different perspective. At some point, we all wanted to have a long weekend and do nothing. Now when this is happening, we don’t want that anymore.

Most of the people are so confused in their heads that they can’t even differentiate what’s right or wrong for them. I have seen people who are constantly confronting everyone around for a simple mistake. But in reality, that person is not flexible to consider someone else’s opinion. We all have some parts of ourselves which were never exposed. We are afraid to change. We are afraid to let go.

Someday you’ll know that it’s time for a change.

And what could be better timing to change some areas in your life? Change is not easy. You need a strong will to proceed further. From continuous change, there will be growth. And you must keep a flexible mindset, be willing to learn new things. Learning never ends.

Every person is different and we’ll have different pieces of stuff to focus on. Hope everyone will experience something significant from this quarantine and it will help us to become a better version of ourselves.

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Into the quarantine period

From the name itself we know what this post is going to convey. The world is in a crucial stage now. All are forced to stay indoors while the birds and animals are free. Thousands have already died and more than two lac people are infected worldwide.

The only way to prevent this pandemic is by keeping social distance. While I am writing this post, it’s my fourth-day in-home quarantine. Sometimes, the situation feels like a thriller movie. It feels scary to hear the news channel.

Covid-19 has already impacted the global economy. Our mental health is also at stake. A lot of fear, anxiety & uncertainty is there. We don’t know exactly when this situation will be over. We’ve already heard what happened to Italy & Iran. Also, the condition in Europe is not good. Cities are in lockdown, people are only going out to get the groceries.

I salute all the doctors and health professionals around the world who are generously serving the community. We need people like you.

We, the people are told to maintain social distance. We are told to stay indoors to keep us safe from this deadly Virus.

For detailed information on Corona Virus, follow this link: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

It’s so tough to remain calm and poised in a situation like this. What can we do to stop this pandemic?

Well, we have already heard the preventive measures like washing hands with soaps or alcohol-based sanitizers frequently, keeping a minimum 1-metre distance from people, cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing.

Follow the guidelines given by local authorities and stay at home. Spend your time by doing the things you love. Many people are working from home for the first time so it can get little overwhelming.

Try to keep your routine similar like your workdays, for example:-

  • Get up almost the same time while you had to commute to the office.
  • Get yourself dressed up as if you are actually going to the office. This way you’ll get motivated for work.
  • Try to refrain working from your bed, you know it will only bring back laziness.
  • Keep yourself motivated and take small breaks while working.
  • Pursue any hobby when you feel idle.
  • Keep yourself positive during uncertainties.

And for those who are feeling bored and extremely anxious, ” This shall too pass“. Just keep yourself and your loved ones safe, that’s our foremost priority now.

Let’s pray together to save the world. We all need each other’s help. Stay indoors and don’t spread the virus. Contact the respective helplines, if feeling unwell. Be safe everyone.

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Little things in life

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Every day we are rushing to achieve something or the other. Each day has become a struggle or a rat race to reach the top. Let it be the social media feed, let it be your friend’s circle, let it be your professional field; we all are continuously thriving to be the showstopper.

Due to the intensive exposure to social media, we are quite relentless to post about all the big events of our lives. Our friends are getting notified about the engagement and honeymoon photos. But how do we feel about ourselves?

Feelings don’t matter, because all the pictures are perfect. The current generation is going for the exterior, not the core. Most of the people are judging others just by their outer appearance. We have lost the connection to the core. It’s the sad truth of the current generation.

When was the last time you had a deep heart to heart interaction with a friend? When was the last time you woke up hearing the birds in the morning? When was the last time the cold breeze touched every inch of your skin and you felt alive in that very moment?

These are trivial pieces of stuff, who cares about them! We are looking for the bigger picture. But the big picture comes just by following the baby steps.

Each day you have to improve yourselves by 1% and this will have a compound effect after days and years of practice. I had already talked about the Kaizen Method earlier in my blog.

All that I want to say is, it’s okay to follow your dreams. It’s okay if you have already got your dream job, house or car. Just don’t forget to live in the present moment. Explore the small events in life first. Be curious to learn new things, don’t just sit idle and rant about your struggles!

How do you feel when a child smiles at you? How does it feel to be thanked by some stranger? How does it feel when someone helps us unconditionally? How does it feel to see flowers blooming everywhere?

Acknowledge your feelings, try to embrace these events. Every day we get to witness innumerable events. But we only choose to remember those that only hurt us. If we try to remember all the things that give us joy, our life will become a much happier place.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.

Lao Tzu

It is necessary to realise how we feel, often we are just concerned about our struggles and ego so much that we are ignoring all the good stuff in life. Living in the moment will let you forget about all the worries. Be mindful & be present.

Next time when you are anxious, go out for a walk in the park. Try to embrace the birds chirping in the daylight. Feel the wind blowing through your hair. Try to embrace the tiny moments, the rest will automatically fall into place.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

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The randomness of Life

The more unpredictable the world is the more we rely on predictions    

Steve Rivkin

Life is unpredictable! No matter how much you try to organize, no matter how much you plan, at some point, it will all be misplaced again. Then you’ll have to pick up the pieces, you have to start over.

As a person, I’ll say that I prefer to be disciplined and organised in my daily life. I plan my days way ahead, I try to schedule as much as possible. Even after doing all of these organization; there will be days when my physical ability will be completely reduced to zero. And I wouldn’t feel like doing anything at all.

Not all days are sunshine; we all have our share of disappointments. We all witness hurdles in daily life. Sometimes it’s okay to rest for a while.

As long as we are trying to become a better version of ourselves, we’ll have the urge to move forward. Though the TIME is Limited. We all have only 24 hours each day to make something worthy enough. But we can’t be worthy each day, so the key is to become ‘consistent‘.

Whatever you are doing, if you are loving it; you’re already halfway there! Just be consistent. Whatever your reap, you’ll harvest later.

Yes, life will be harsh. It will act as an unpredictable barrier on your way. The roads to your dreams will be full of hiccups, but you must carry on. You push yourself harder each day, just be steady. Your time will come, have faith in yourself.

I’ll be back real soon, till then spread love & kindness to everyone around you.

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Goals for 2020

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Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.

– Rabindranath Tagore

Another new decade just has begun. The year 2019 is far behind us now. With every time passing, we are more inclined towards the future. Every year many of us take a pledge to start over. We make plans & objectives for another new year.

We make plans because we want to become better than we were yesterday. Most of us make plans and work according to them for only a few days. Suddenly, they lack motivation and stop. Why do we stop? Because we didn’t see any progress.

Everyone is great at making goals, but only a few are persistent to follow them and achieve results.

Every change requires time. Changes are tough when we begin. If it’s not uncomfortable at first, it’s not at all a change! You’ll be stagnant in life if you keep following your daily routine for the rest of your life.

All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and so gorgeous at the end.

Robin Sharma

You have to be consistent, you have to follow them day after day. I know it is disappointing when you don’t see any progress at all. But you must stick to your plans, be determined. Work with full concentration to achieve something.

We can have goals. Some may have positive effects in our lives, some may don’t contribute anything at all. So, choose your goals wisely. Both positive and negative decisions can be contributed to action. Be mindful.

There is a Japanese method named as Kaizen. Kaizen means “continuous improvement“. Even if you’re not willing, you must be consistent. Don’t just accept your current situation, there are different ways to improve the status quo. Each day try to improve by 1%, these 1% improvements may seem irrelevant. In the long run, these 1% improvements are going to add up and make a remarkable difference.

How to make goals ?

First of all, every individual is different. We have multiple objectives and wishes. Think attentively about your priorities first.

  • Which are your most significant plans?
  • Make a list of at most 3 or 5 goals you want to achieve this year.
  • Work towards them consistently, if you ever feel demotivated; just look at the list and start working again.
  • Remember, each day just 1% improvement is enough for you.
  • You can also make short-term goals for every 3 or 4 months.
  • Take your time to rest, each of us has a different path. There’s no need to rush.
  • No matter what others are saying, follow your intuition.
  • By the end of 2020, review your progress.

I know it feels overwhelming when we have a lot on our plates. It’s okay to feel stuffed with burdens sometimes. Just don’t make this your permanent situation. Change your strategy if you feel overburdened by responsibilities. Make your schedule and work towards it.

I have also thought and made my goals for 2020. Maybe. There will be minor changes in overtime. Let’s see how much can I improve overtime.

I am sorry for not being active on my blog for the last few months. I’ll try to be better and consistent at writing, there’s a long way ahead. Also, I have been working on my YouTube Channel for the last 3 or 4 months. I hope people are going to be inspired by my post.

Don’t forget to share your views, that matters to me so much. And you may also add up your strategies.

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