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

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“Jay Shetty shows you step by step how to build your power, shifting your focus from self-image to self-esteem. This book frees you from the hypnosis of social conditioning and helps you become the architect of your own life.”—DEEPAK CHOPRA, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Diego, and New York Times bestselling author

“Grab this book, find a comfortable chair, and let Jay Shetty take you on a life-changing journey. Jay guides us with warmth and clarity on a path to greater joy and purpose, offering wisdom that can be put into practice right now. You will want to share it with everyone you love.”
—ROBERT WALDINGER, MD, professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and director, Harvard Study of Adult Development

“Combining ancient wisdom with the practicalities of today, 
Think Like a Monk provides essential guidance for traveling a balanced path to success.”—RAY DALIO, founder, co-chairman, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates and New York Times bestselling author

“Jay Shetty has a rare gift for tapping into the world’s timeless wisdom and making it timely by infusing everyday moments with meaning and grace. He’s already shared glimmers of that wisdom with millions on social media, but here he gathers it all into one life-changing volume. Read this book to open your mind, lift your heart, redefine success, and connect with your deeper purpose.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and New York Times bestselling author

 

 

 

About the Author

Jay Shetty is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, award-winning storyteller, podcast host, and former monk, dedicated to helping people train their mind for peace and purpose every day. In 2017, Forbes named him to their 30 Under 30 List for his game-changing impact in media. His viral videos have been viewed more than 10 billion times and he is followed by over 50 million people across social media. In 2019, Jay created On Purpose, now the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. He’s been a keynote speaker around the world, invited to Google, Microsoft, Netflix and American Express, among many others. Over two million people have attended his Online School, and his Genius Coaching community provides weekly programming on health and wellness to thousands of members in over 100 countries.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (September 8, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 8, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
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Author Jay Shetty aims to elevate us from the negativity, anxiety, and hopelessness of today’s

world in his book THINK LIKE A MONK: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day, to be

published by Simon and Schuster on April 14. Drawing on both Jay’s experience as a monk in a

Hindu ashram and his post-monk life as an influential thinker and spiritual guide, Think Like a

Monk distills monk wisdom into practical, everyday steps anyone can take to live a less anxious,

more meaningful life.

How can we transform our experience of life today? Jay says, “When I trained as a monk, I

found that monks are able to remain centered and calm amid all the chaos that life throws at

us. Monks are the absolute experts in mastering their minds. I wrote THINK LIKE A MONK in

order to help everyone access the same mindset, the same thinking patterns, the same

processes that help monks find peace, balance, and purpose.”

Like his monk teachers, Jay draws from the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Indian text based on the

Upanishads, writings from around 800-400 BCE. In a world where people are constantly looking

for answers, Jay believes the wisdom for how to find peace and purpose has been here all

along.

***

Born in north London in 1987, Jay and his sister were raised in a middle-class Indian family.

Until the age of 14, Jay did well in school, stayed out of trouble and tried his best to live up to

his parents’ high expectations. But he was a shy, introverted young boy who was bullied for

being overweight and a little nerdy. When he started secondary school, things changed. He

began playing soccer and rugby, became more popular, and started mixing with the wrong

crowd. Jay’s thrill-seeking ventures got him suspended from school more than once as he tried

to find his identity.

By the time he got to college at Cass Business School in London in 2007, Jay had shifted his

curiosity in more productive directions. He was reading autobiographies of everyone from

Malcolm X to David Beckham, driven to understand the roots of success and making a

difference in the world. Still, when a friend invited him to hear a monk give a talk, he agreed to

go only if his friend would join him at a club afterward.

That night, the monk, Gauranga Das, spoke about the principle of self-sacrifice. He talked about

how people should plant trees under whose shade they do not plan to sit. This was a

transformative moment for Jay. He’d been focused on the success of people who’d gone from

nothing to something—rags-to-riches stories—but this man had done the opposite. And yet he

appeared joyous, confident, and at peace. “He was saying that the greatest thing you can do

with your talents and your skills is to use them in the service of others,” Shetty, now 32, told

People magazine. For Jay, this was a completely new idea of success.

In the community where Jay grew up, it was expected that he would become one of three

things: a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. When he headed to India to study with monks, his family

was convinced he had chosen option three.

After graduating from college in 2010 with a 1 st class Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in

Behavioral Science, Jay traded his suits for robes, shaved his head, and moved to the ashram,

where he slept on the floor and lived out of a gym locker. Half the day was spent on personal

growth, meditating for hours and studying ancient scriptures. The rest of the time was spent

helping others.

In the course of his studies, Jay was amazed to observe that the wisdom of the monks was as

relevant today as it was when it was first put in writing over 3000 years ago. Then, after three

years as a monk in ashrams in London and Mumbai, 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. This advice was crushing—Jay thought he was going to be a monk for the rest of

his life. In debt, with no employable skills on his resume, he moved back home to north London

with his parents. “Everything I'd learned was tested in that moment,” Jay says of the transition.

“I had to figure out how to put everything I'd learned into practice in the real world.”

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. Jay says, “Very quickly I

realized that a big part of my passion and purpose is to serve and give the wisdom I’ve learned

with others. I started small. For almost a decade I shared my thoughts on psychology,

spirituality, philosophy, and behavioral science at universities, local events, and in small groups

in London. Three years ago I moved to New York, then Los Angeles, and began to present the

wisdom and lessons I had learned from my amazing mentors and coaches online through video.

My intention was to share wisdom with more people so they would see there were other

people out there like them, and it would make a difference. And it did.” 

***

Since launching his video channel in 2016, Jay has produced over 400 videos, which have

amassed more than 6.5 billion views and gained over 34 million followers globally. In 2017, he

was named in the Forbes magazine 30-under-30 for being a game-changer in the world of

media. In 2018, he had the #1 video on Facebook with over 360 million views. Jay was the cover

of the November 2019 issue of Adweek and was a People Magazine “one to watch” in

December 2019.

On his podcast, On Purpose, every Monday Jay conducts an hour long interview with a

different inspirational guest. Past guests include Kobe Bryant, Jada Pinkett Smith, Russel Brand,

Novak Djokovic, Khloe Kardashian, and Ray Dalio. Every Friday Jay gives his own guidance on a

topic such as procrastination, confidence, or decision-making.

The podcast, launched in 2019, received 52 million audio downloads in its first year and over

ten million views in podcast videos. It won that year’s Shorty Award for Health and Wellness.

iTunes named On Purpose in their Top New Podcast’s of 2019 and consistently rank Jay as the

#1 Health Podcast. Spotify named Jay the #1 Podcast in India.

Jay’s message has resonated with companies such as Google, L’Oreal, Facebook, Coca Cola,

HSBC, EY, Microsoft and Accenture, who have invited him to lead seminars and deliver keynotes

on finding your purpose in the workplace, well-being for the future, and digital media strategy..

He’s become so much of a cultural phenomenon that he was even asked to portray a version of

himself in the “Bad Boys For Life” trailer with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

2020 will bring Jay’s message to a larger audience than ever with the publication of THINK LIKE

A MONK. In the book, Jay draws deeply from ancient wisdom, modern social science, and his

own rich experiences in the ashram to articulate a journey similar to the one he took. He guides

people step-by-step through the process of adapting to the monk mindset, first by letting go—a

cleansing to make space for growth; then by growing—reshaping your life to make decisions

with intention, purpose and confidence; and finally by giving—looking beyond yourself to

deepen gratitude and relationships. He says, “People need to go through experiences to learn,

so the book is full of practical exercises, activities, and experiments. Everything in this book is

something one can actually do in their own time at home, whether in the back of a car, on a

commute, walking the dog, or cooking.” Along the way, Jay proves that everyone can—and

should—think like a monk.

Simon & Schuster will publish the book in the US and Canada, and it will be published in more

than 30 countries worldwide. Simon & Schuster VP and Executive Editor Eamon Dolan says,

“Nobody makes the timeless feel more timely than Jay does. He makes ancient wisdom, which

often comes across as abstract, so clear, so inspiring, and so practical.”

Jay lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Radhi Devlukia Shetty, a plant-based dietitian and

Ayurvedic medicine enthusiast, to whom the book is dedicated. Jay enjoys listening to Drake at

the gym and nature sounds while meditating. He’s a Manchester United fan and really admired

Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and determination on the pitch. Jay and Radhi love eating at

plant-based restaurants, visiting spas, and spending time outdoors cycling and in escape rooms.

“Jay Shetty shows you step by step how Self Power emerges when you shift your identity from

self image to self esteem. This book could change your life and move you from the hypnosis of

social conditioning to being the  creative architect of your life journey.”

— Deepak Chopra

“Grab this book, find a comfortable chair, and let Jay Shetty take you on a life-changing journey.

A gifted teacher, Jay guides us with warmth and clarity on a path to greater joy and purpose in

living, offering wisdom that we can put into practice right now.  You will want to share it with

everyone you love.”

—Robert Waldinger, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development

Sensei and Priest, Boundless Way Zen

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I followed Jay Shetty on Facebook for months, let’s face it, he’s not only super hot but I love the wise words of wisdom on relationships and life he comes out with. I never normally read books, I’m a busy working single mum of four. Probably not the most educated either, but I thought I’d give it and shot anway and I told myself I will just do one page a day. I’m absolutely loving reading this book. It’s very in-depth, easy to understand and Nice to read so far. It feels wonderful to take a short moment out of my busy life to spend it on reading on how to be a better version of me, and hopefully by this, create a better life for myself. Also, working on ‘’me’ gets my attention off my slightly disastrous relationships status. “They say” you have to find happiness in yourself first and then things will fall into place naturally so hopefully this is the beginning of my journey. I’m only 10 pages in but definitely loving it so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great enabler to help build a mindset and thinking for conscious, purposeful living
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2020 has been a tough year for most people. There has been lots of chaos and challenges which have made having calm, balance and peace quite difficult. In many cases, this has been particularly difficult because of our ways of thinking. There has been lots of fear and negativity and there have been opportunities for us to better connect with our intention and purpose and find greater meaning in life.

Jay provides great frameworks which combine ancient wisdom with the practicalities of living in the modern world. Jay was a Monk for 3 years and he is able to bring to life stories which show how he developed his thinking and how you don't have to be a monk to think like a monk.

Jay has had phenomenal success and it is clear that his way of thinking, daily routines, practices and habits have helped shape this success. He uses lots of anecdotes of his journey and then combines this with references to ancient texts to highlight concepts and practices.

What I love is how humble Jay in his writing, he applies thinking like a Monk through his writing. The book does not preach, it just lays out several different concepts and puts a "Try this" frame around it. The combination of anecdotes, ancient text references, exercises and diagrams really help to bring out the concepts but most importantly provide a practical framework to use.

Jay is a powerful storyteller and he uses the power of story nicely in the book. Just like any other self-development book, it does have concepts that you would have seen in other books. However, lots of people read lots of self-development books and know these concepts at an intellectual level but don't necessarily do anything with this. Lots of people know about Morning Rituals and Gratitude but they still find it difficult to apply these on a daily basis.

This book provides some simple but really powerful ways to change your thinking which will help you train your mind for peace and purpose every day. I liked the meditation examples and also the Vedic Personality Test in the Appendix. Again this is provided with a frame to explore and try it out as opposed to being the exact thing you need to do and use.

If you want to have more conscious, purposeful living then I highly recommend this book. Remember though, reading the book itself will not change your thinking, it will be practical aspects of reflecting and trying out the various concepts within which will support you with your personal growth.
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