Think like a Monk by Jay Shetty: Book Review

Genre: Self-help book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

First Published: 14 April 2020


There is so much buzz outside in the world. Sometimes we forget to hear what goes inside our minds. We are too distracted by the illusion we create around us. As a result, we are misguided, and achieving serenity seems to be absurd. Hence, there is endless strife to apprehend the sole purpose of one’s existence.

This help self-book will transform your thoughts and will provide you with a different approach to live life. It’s a guide for all the people seeking answers to find their mission on the earth.

Jay Shetty is a star. He is showering his learnings to the world. Jay is following his vision to support people by leading them. He has outlined his teaching in such a way that it will drive you to practice it efficiently in your daily lives.

However, one can’t negate the fact that thinking like a monk is challenging. It is not as smooth as it seems to be. It needs practice, patience, and time.

Beginning of the story

The author starts the book with the incident that led him to become a monk. Jay, in the final year of his college, went to hear a monk along with his friend. He was amazed and thrilled to see a monk speaking eloquently. He noticed his true happiness. That monk was non-other than Gauranga Das. He then decided to learn and understand the life of a monk. So, in search of happiness, peace, and purpose he started his learning journey. He was driven towards his density to become a monk.

A few years later, he moved to an ashram in Mumbai to get the training and lived the life of a monk. He spends three-year learning and practicing at the ashram. Life at the ashram was a class of life for him. Each day he felt that the monk mindset does work and is relevant even today in modern times.

Understanding the fact there are two sets of mind, one is the monk mindset and the other is the monkey mind. He has superbly explained the difference and its necessity.

Insights From The Book: Monk Mind and Monkey Mind
Insights From The Book: Think Link A Monk
Book By Jay Shetty

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Three sections of the book

The book is divided into three sections: Let go, Grow, Give.

These are stages or steps to achieve a monk mindset. When you let go of all the distractions, noises, people’s opinions, social media feeds, addictions, you are free. Freedom gives you peace. Later, this releases you from everything which is holding you back. You then understand your true self. Who you are? What are your beliefs and values?

The second is to grow. When you reflect on things, what keeps you happy? What keeps you busy? Where do you spend most of your time? You clearly understand what your passion is. You start making the right decisions. Eventually, following your dharma gives you immense peace and happiness.

Last is sharing and giving back to the world. The more you give is the more you receive. You develop a sense of gratitude towards people and the work you do.

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The book has lessons and teachings with real-life stories. It is a compilation of many exercises and practical ways of absorbing all the guidance into life. It’s a guide and author takeaways from his own life. A Book worth reading for all. Every single chapter made me realize there is so much to learn and so little I know.

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The book is a spiritual guide for all readers. The author has shared all the techniques to practice and think like a monk.

You are happy or sad, old or young, this book will shape your perspective towards life. It will help you to achieve happiness and contentment in life.

I would suggest everyone to read this spectacular book. You will be inspired by each and every story mentioned by the author.

About the Author:

Jay Shetty is a British author, former monk, and life coach. He runs a youtube channel and is the host of the podcast named On Purpose.

He is one of the youngest speakers and influencing millions of lives. Through his social platform, he is helping people to lead a happy and purposeful life. 

Quotes from Think like a Monk Book

“Your identity is a mirror covered with dust. When you first look in the mirror, the truth of who you are and what you value is obscured. Clearing it may not be pleasant, but only when that dust is gone can you see your true reflection.”

“Higher values propel and elevate us toward happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. Lower values demote us toward anxiety, depression, and suffering.”

“When you learn a little, you feel you know a lot. But when you learn a lot, you realize you know very little.”

Rating: 5/5

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