Think like a Monk Book Summary
1. To live a fulfilling life, we must learn to live like monks. Moralise desires. Give up unfulfilled and unwanted desires daily before going to bed.
If we’re going to train our mind to find peace, calm, and purpose, however, it’s only expected to look at monks.
Monks are the experts. They can withstand temptations, refrain from criticizing, deal with pain and anxiety, quiet the ego, and build lives that flow with purpose and meaning.
To think and live like monks, we must be focused, willing, and determined.
Evil cannot drive out evil: only love can do that. We must love unconditionally to live a fulfilled life.
2. Shape your identity on what you think of yourself.
The “happiness” mentality we grow up with makes us small and vulnerable.
Society’s definition of a happy life is everybody’s and nobody’s. The only way to build a meaningful life is to remove the external noise and look within.
3. Become self-appreciative.
Stop criticising you or others.
Remind yourself that you have positive qualities.
When we criticize others, we can’t help but notice the bad in ourselves. But when we look for the good in others, we start to see the best in ourselves.
4. We have so much power over the world. Remove fear and anxiety to connect us with our true abilities.
Fear doesn’t necessarily define us; what we do with the signal that it creates is what matters.
We allow anxiety to hold us back by blocking us from our true feelings. The longer we hold on to fears, the more they grow until, eventually, they become toxic.
The most important thing we need to realize about stress is that it doesn’t do a good job of breaking down our problems. If we give in to fear too often, all of our stress hormones start to send us downhill, affecting our immune systems and our ability to heal.
Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.
5. Purpose and meaning, not success, lead to true contentment.
Focus on the satisfaction that comes from living a meaningful life.
When we are happy, what we do matters, so we matter. Bad things happen, and life sometimes pulls us down, but it is always possible to find meaning.
When there is harmony between the mind, heart, and resolution then nothing is impossible.
Understanding true happiness means we see the value of being motivated by duty and love.
6. Exploring our strengths and weaknesses in the universe leads each of us to our dharma.
When you spend your time and energy living in your dharma, you have the satisfaction of using your best abilities and doing something that matters to the world.
Living in your dharma is a proven route to fulfillment.
Fall in love with your current self and find purpose in what you do by establishing routines.
7. Once we quell our external distractions, we can address the voices inside our heads.
Hold your horses – control five senses using your mind. Focus your mind on your life-force always.
Humility opens us to the numerous possibilities that are otherwise hidden to us. When we are humble, we are open to learning because we understand how much we don’t know.
8. Once we have trained the mind to look inward, we are ready to look outward at how we interact with others in the world.
Gratitude helps us overcome the bitterness and pain that we all carry with us. It allows us to drop some of the burdens we’ve put on ourselves.
9. Service is the essence of human consciousness.
Let go of Ego.
Let go of possessions.
Continually seek higher level of service.
When we make the purpose of life to be self-gratification, we get led down the road of dissatisfaction. Seeing life as a service leads to fulfillment.
Practice Lessons from Think Like a Monk Book
Visualizing the inevitable will give you every lesson you need to live a fulfilling life. Fast-forward yourself at age seventy or ninety, and imagine yourself on your deathbed. Ask your future self the following personal questions:
- What do I wish I’d done?
- What experiences do I wish I’d had?
- What do I regret not giving more attention to?What skills do I wish I’d worked on?
Use these questions to plan your life and create a roadmap for your future self.
Think Like a Monk
Be Blessed by the Divine!
Krish Murali Eswar.