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Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: - How to overcome negativity - How to stop overthinking - Why comparison kills love - How to use your fear - Why you Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: - How to overcome negativity - How to stop overthinking - Why comparison kills love - How to use your fear - Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it - How to learn from everyone you meet - Why you are not your thoughts - How to find your purpose - Why kindness is crucial to success - And much more... Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, 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. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents. 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. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. 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. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.


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Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: - How to overcome negativity - How to stop overthinking - Why comparison kills love - How to use your fear - Why you Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: - How to overcome negativity - How to stop overthinking - Why comparison kills love - How to use your fear - Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it - How to learn from everyone you meet - Why you are not your thoughts - How to find your purpose - Why kindness is crucial to success - And much more... Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, 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. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents. 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. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. 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. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.

30 review for Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    *Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Jay Shetty for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 9.8.20!* Jay Shetty has found great exposure through the YouTube community and came highly recommended to me from professionals in the healthcare industry, so I was intrigued to pick this book up and learn more about Shetty's philosophies. Think Like A Monk explores some of the basic principles of his faith through examinations of negative thoughts and their impact on everyday life, the ego an *Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Jay Shetty for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 9.8.20!* Jay Shetty has found great exposure through the YouTube community and came highly recommended to me from professionals in the healthcare industry, so I was intrigued to pick this book up and learn more about Shetty's philosophies. Think Like A Monk explores some of the basic principles of his faith through examinations of negative thoughts and their impact on everyday life, the ego and its positive and negative implications, the benefits of service, the importance of gratitude, and the possibilities in life that can be explored through meditation. While I found this book interesting, I can't say I read any advice that I haven't personally read or heard before. I think this is the sort of self-help book that would befit someone who is new to introspection or self-exploration more than someone who has already discussed or reflected on these topics at length (through faith, therapy, or other avenues) The handwritten charts in the book also disrupted the flow at times, in my opinion, and made the book feel less professional, detracting from the overall benefits of the messages being delivered. Rather than a more traditional self-help book, I think I was anticipating more of a memoir feel to this book, and the anecdotes from Shetty's time as a monk are hands-down the most interesting parts of the book and my greatest takeaway. I would still recommend this book to anyone interested in an introduction to monks and their way of thinking or to anyone who has been impacted positively by Shetty's YouTube shorts, podcasts, or seminars. 3.5 ⭐️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ronak

    https://youtu.be/ze-93apelno Think Like a Monk I just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings about it. after reading many nonfiction books, I realized most books talk about the same stuff. ( sadly that is true with this book) This book is basically summarizing jay's all youtube/Facebook videos. Its an average read. This book is divided into 3 parts basically, 1. Let go 2. Grow 3. Give Then all parts are divided into further subchapters. Talking about fear, pain, ego, purpose, etc. all those emotio https://youtu.be/ze-93apelno Think Like a Monk I just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings about it. after reading many nonfiction books, I realized most books talk about the same stuff. ( sadly that is true with this book) This book is basically summarizing jay's all youtube/Facebook videos. Its an average read. This book is divided into 3 parts basically, 1. Let go 2. Grow 3. Give Then all parts are divided into further subchapters. Talking about fear, pain, ego, purpose, etc. all those emotional words you can say. If you are an avid reader of self-help books then you will find much reparative stuff in it. We all know in anger try to breathe. How meditation and breath are connected. These books just explain all the stuff we know in different words. At the end of every chapter, there are tips or exercises to work on. That's the only helpful stuff. This book is more about understanding our genuine power. how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lies within all of us. How we can all apply this method to reduce stress, improve focus. jay also talks about improving relationships, identify our hidden abilities, increase self-discipline. At the end of the book, all the references give if you want to dive deep into the topic. It's a good book for beginners only. If you are an avid reader then, probably it's not for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Akelly

    I’m in a book slump, send help! I picked this up because I like Shetti’s emphatic and inspiring videos. I was disappointed because all I got was another pulp self help book with no contemplative spiritual basis. A lot of it seemed to do with looking at other people in your life and I’m all about that change from within.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    I feel this man is a biggest fraud internet has seen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karishma Vyas

    This is a fantastic book, its everything I expected and more. There are so many useful and practical take aways that you can begin to apply straight away. It is like having Jay as a personal coach. In Chapter 1 , I learned about values and Jay takes you through exercises which can help you understand and identify where these have come from, which is an important exercise. I especially love the part about knowing the difference between what we think our values are and our actions. This is vital t This is a fantastic book, its everything I expected and more. There are so many useful and practical take aways that you can begin to apply straight away. It is like having Jay as a personal coach. In Chapter 1 , I learned about values and Jay takes you through exercises which can help you understand and identify where these have come from, which is an important exercise. I especially love the part about knowing the difference between what we think our values are and our actions. This is vital to be aware of. So many of us live life and do things that do not align with our values. And, in order to live a life and have a mind that is at peace, we must know what our values are and live accordingly. Jay breaks this process down in an easy step by step guide so that anyone can understand what their values truly are and begin living life accordingly. In Chapter 2 Jay talks about forgiveness as a two way street snd what this mean as well as forgiving ourselves and takes us through a great exercise to navigate through forgiveness. Overall this is a fantastic book that keeps you engaged and focused throughout, needless to say, when I pick it up I cant put it down. If you are new to self-development or continuing your journey, I highly recommend this book, it really teaches you to dive deep and give you the practical tools to get to know yourself, change your mindset and live a happier and peaceful life

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gary Beauregard Bottomley

    How would you respond at your Ashram when your guru tells you to write about an undeserved experience? I know when the author, Shetty, asked that question my mind immediately jumped to 20 items all of them for me were along the lines of how the universe had shed its unearned favors through time and chance upon me such as meeting my wife 40 years ago and having her fall in love with me, or how my parents were better than the parents on “Leave it to Beaver”, or being granted the unearned favor of How would you respond at your Ashram when your guru tells you to write about an undeserved experience? I know when the author, Shetty, asked that question my mind immediately jumped to 20 items all of them for me were along the lines of how the universe had shed its unearned favors through time and chance upon me such as meeting my wife 40 years ago and having her fall in love with me, or how my parents were better than the parents on “Leave it to Beaver”, or being granted the unearned favor of having a twin brother and an older brother who have always had my back, or about 17 other items came in to my mind. It never even dawned on me, as it did with the author when he was at the Ashram as a novice with twenty other monks in training to think of negative experiences as he and all the other novices did. That’s the problem I had with this book. I have never thought about my negative experiences as being underserving while I did think of my undeserving experiences as blessings from the universe, and therefore there was no lesson for me. That was the lesson Shetty was trying to give, but I already have that ingrained with in me through my life experiences, and for that, and many other teachings in this book I felt they were superfluous for me. At the heart of this book is a self-help manual for those who see the world differently than me. I am never a target audience for self-help books. I understand that there are many people who suffer from a host of maladies such as addictions, depression, unsatisfactory work, or are unsatisfied with their life and need a book such as this. For them, this book can be worthwhile. Shetty makes love foundational for our meaning through out our journey. I always have a problem with that has a standard in it by itself. I’ll give a reason why. Trump’s recent Covid-19 swap meet Nuremburg rallies are filled with love. He’ll tell his mask-less crowds how much he loves them and they shout their love right back at him. Love without knowledge or willful ignorance is dangerous. Love by itself is not a sufficient standard. We need love with knowledge and a willing of the Good. The very first aphorisms Shetty gives is if you want to learn something new, read an old book, I concur. That gives me a chance to recommend a bunch of old books that do way better than Shetty does. Though, I want to be kind to Shetty because he really does write a good book for some people who haven’t yet had a chance to read the old books. Shetty does lay out the case how our life’s meaning is best served by pursuing the Good. I will say one should not stumble over that word Good. Everyone has a general idea in what it means. Thomas Aquinas will lay it our in his Summa Theologia (old book alert) and he makes our highest meaning the contemplation of the Good. That is discovering what is true, what is ethical, and what is beautiful. The section Shetty wrote on fear and anxiety reminded me of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War when the Athenians are ready to attack Syracuse and the Captain gives the speech on how to proceed and tells them not to let their fears, anxieties and dread overcome them. Really, I wish that whenever I got the urge to read a modern self-help book, I wish I would just reread Thucydides, because he said it all and he said it over two thousand years ago and he said it better. For those who have not read that book, I want to note that the real theme in that book is how the particular makes up the universal and how us humans find meaning through our self, our community, and our culture. That’s actually a theme within Shetty’s book too (I’m not judging Shetty’s book, I fully understand that this book is useful for a large swath of audiences, I’m just not its target group). I think the finest self-help book ever is Spinoza’s Ethics. Yes, the first two sections are devilishly complex because he writes axiomatically and the reader needs to understand their Aristotle. The last two sections are mostly a self-help book that covers most of what was in this book, and Spinoza does it better. After all, if one wants to learn something new read an old book. Also, since I’ve mentioned Aristotle, I want to mention his Ethics. Aristotle will tell his reader that ethos means habit and that our good habits make for a Good ethos. I would say that Shetty had that as a theme in this book too. There’s one more old book I would recommend instead of this one, Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. There’s a reason that book was in more home libraries in the 17th century than any other book except for the bible. He reconciles Plato with Aristotle and gives meaning to our significance by emphasizing the Good in the manner of Plotinus by pointing out evil is the absence of the Good and that the Universe does not have evil as such, and that is our lack of knowledge (wisdom) that leads to our dread, and the truly vile among us are the least among us because they never get to learn or grow and they are worthy of our empathy and consideration. I would say that all of the books I mentioned covered most of the material presented in this book and they each did it in a more highly original manner. There really is not anything unique within the mostly Buddhist/Hindu traditions presented in this book. I want to emphasize that this book definitely can appeal to a host of others. I would say that if you thought in terms of negative response to the challenge ‘describe an undeserving experience’, and if you have not read much on this topic previously, and if you just don’t have the time to read those older better books, this book would be worthwhile if you are in need of a self-help book. I think it’s perfectly reasonable for some people to rate this book five stars. I would say this book just was not my cup of tea.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Amazing read! Ever wonder what it’s like to think like a monk? Jay Shetty is a communicable voice of reason in an age where not much makes sense. So many people wandering the earth completely disconnected and full of selfishness with zero purpose. I enjoyed this book immensely and will probably read it a few more times. Jay Shetty reminds me of Osho, with tales of mindfulness and lessons in service. What did I like? I’m familiar with Jay because of his podcasts and Facebook messages that alway Amazing read! Ever wonder what it’s like to think like a monk? Jay Shetty is a communicable voice of reason in an age where not much makes sense. So many people wandering the earth completely disconnected and full of selfishness with zero purpose. I enjoyed this book immensely and will probably read it a few more times. Jay Shetty reminds me of Osho, with tales of mindfulness and lessons in service. What did I like? I’m familiar with Jay because of his podcasts and Facebook messages that always felt uplifting and positive. Most of us can see that Jay’s calling was not that of a monk but as a speaker and spiritual leader. His stories on Facebook always stirred something in me and this book was no different. From breathing and meditation to finding a purpose and acts of service leading us into the lives of how to think like a monk. I felt the message in the book was quite clear, and enlightening. As always with these books one read is not enough, repetition until we understand and can give as we receive. Would I recommend or buy? I believe Jay is popular enough that his book will be a big seller. I think he is a positive example of what we strive to be and this book reflects that. The world needs all the good service it can take. I will get a paper copy when this book comes out. Five stars for a great book! I received a ARC to read and voluntarily left an opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Evie Braithwaite

    “Before judging others, pause for a moment and ask: am I finding fault in order to distract myself or others from my own insecurities? Am I projecting my own weakness onto them? And even if I’m doing neither of those things, am I any better than the person I’m criticizing? I can’t say what the answers to the first two questions will be in every case, but the answer to the third question is always no.” This is one of the most enlightening and empowering books I have ever read. One read isn’t enough “Before judging others, pause for a moment and ask: am I finding fault in order to distract myself or others from my own insecurities? Am I projecting my own weakness onto them? And even if I’m doing neither of those things, am I any better than the person I’m criticizing? I can’t say what the answers to the first two questions will be in every case, but the answer to the third question is always no.” This is one of the most enlightening and empowering books I have ever read. One read isn’t enough, and I’ve just ordered a physical copy so I can revisit it with a pen at hand. Jay reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us - if there was ever a time to read this book, it’s now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I never heard of Jay Shetty before this book, this might have added to my enjoyment. His story and perspective were fresh and new to me. I liked hearing his personal examples from both inside and outside the ashram. Sometimes meditation or improvement books feel judgmental or out of touch with real day-to-day struggles. I didn't feel that way with this book. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author. His energy [great accent!] and passion for the subject is obvious. Rather than feeling I never heard of Jay Shetty before this book, this might have added to my enjoyment. His story and perspective were fresh and new to me. I liked hearing his personal examples from both inside and outside the ashram. Sometimes meditation or improvement books feel judgmental or out of touch with real day-to-day struggles. I didn't feel that way with this book. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author. His energy [great accent!] and passion for the subject is obvious. Rather than feeling like he was "reading his book" I felt like we were having coffee together and he was sharing his life and wisdom. He includes "try this" sections that are practical tips to reinforce what he is teaching. This book is relevant for anyone facing struggles or lacking purpose, but it seems ridiculously relevant given the current state of the world. If there was ever a time to read this book...it is 2020! I am glad I bought it via audible because this is a book I will re-visit and re-listen to often.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lily Yunoc

    After the Nicole Arbour exposure, I just can't with Jay Shetty. There are many other books in this genre that do a better job from people who actually walk the walk.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joan Nehls

    I really love his thought process and this audiobook felt like a summary of all Jay’s social media posts. Be around the people who have the values I want not the things I want. Our identity is wrapped up in what others think of us or what we think others think of us. Whats in your social media news feed is feeding your mind. Determine what your values are and are your choices in alignment? Complaining is contagious. The more we define ourselves in relation to people around us, the more lost we are. Aud I really love his thought process and this audiobook felt like a summary of all Jay’s social media posts. Be around the people who have the values I want not the things I want. Our identity is wrapped up in what others think of us or what we think others think of us. Whats in your social media news feed is feeding your mind. Determine what your values are and are your choices in alignment? Complaining is contagious. The more we define ourselves in relation to people around us, the more lost we are. Audit your negative comments. The goal is zero. When we feel shame or guilt for what we’ve done in the past, it’s because those actions no longer reflect our values.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rory Fox

    Think Like a Monk is a positive and beneficial self-help book, but in places it generalises towards being platitudinal and misleading. The book essentially takes the skills which Buddhist monks learn, and applies them to the day to day lives of non-monks. Skilfully interwoven throughout the book, is the story of the authors discovery of Buddhist monasticism, his life within the Ashram and his departure. The main thrust of the book will be familiar to readers of ‘self help’ literature. The reader i Think Like a Monk is a positive and beneficial self-help book, but in places it generalises towards being platitudinal and misleading. The book essentially takes the skills which Buddhist monks learn, and applies them to the day to day lives of non-monks. Skilfully interwoven throughout the book, is the story of the authors discovery of Buddhist monasticism, his life within the Ashram and his departure. The main thrust of the book will be familiar to readers of ‘self help’ literature. The reader is taken through a programme of recognising and liberating their ‘true self,’ learning to distance it from negativity and the factors which undermine their potential. Techniques like meditation and visualisation are revisited, with copious details and follow up materials. Almost a third of the book is notes. The author’s style and anecdotes bring a welcome freshness to some well-trodden pathways. However, the book’s simple format also glosses over some important issues. Whilst meditation is a documented and beneficial process, it can also trigger negative and problematic insights for some individuals. A greater recognition of that would be beneficial. Simplifying ideas is a strength of the book, however at times it becomes simplistic. For example, we are told that it is illusory to think that success equates to happiness (Kindle loc. 1151). Yes, that is certainly the case sometimes. But it isn’t always the case, as some success rightly leads to happiness. Similarly, we are told that ‘happiness doesn’t require success’ (1176). Yes, that may be the case sometimes, but it may also be entirely wrong. It all depends on what is meant by success. For example, if a key element of happiness is right thinking (or some other process which people can be responsible for) then the rightness of those actions are a form of success. In that scenario, happiness would always require a form of success. Sometimes the book veers towards platitudes and overly positivistic tones which are misleading. We are told that what holds us back from achieving the impossible is our belief that its impossible (2687). No, it’s the impossibility of the impossible, that holds us back. Changing a belief or mindset cannot suddenly create a capacity to do something that is impossible. Similarly, we are told not to judge ourselves when things go wrong. This is because ‘the world isn’t with you or against you. You create your own reality in every moment’ (4251). Neither of those claims are quite right. Sometimes we need to judge ourselves, if we are responsible for something going wrong. It’s a serious problem when people don’t take responsibility. What we need to avoid is bad-judgement of ourselves, especially when its overly negative. As for the claim that we create our own reality… Really? When a tornado sweeps in and devastates an area, no amount of thinking differently can change that reality. It just isn’t right to say that the world isn’t sometimes against people. Natural disasters are exactly instances of the world being against people. Yes, how people think about the issues can compound the negativity of the situation. But we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that there is a real, external world outside of people’s minds, in which bad things happen; and that occurs totally independently of any human thinking. All things considered, I think that this is a useful book, worth reading; as long as the reader is alert to the occasional overly optimistic thinking which veers towards misleading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Didu (Out of Write blogger)

    Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life. Think like a monk is a self help book in my opinion, but if you’ve picked it up, you clearly aren’t satisfied with yourself just yet. The book is easy to read and touches subjects like anger, fear, love, nurture – any feeling we feel really. But I think it’s helpful, we resent so many things, hate so many people, we should all concentrate on ourself, on how we can improve ourself. This book mainly discusses on how to accept help and it’s here to give Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life. Think like a monk is a self help book in my opinion, but if you’ve picked it up, you clearly aren’t satisfied with yourself just yet. The book is easy to read and touches subjects like anger, fear, love, nurture – any feeling we feel really. But I think it’s helpful, we resent so many things, hate so many people, we should all concentrate on ourself, on how we can improve ourself. This book mainly discusses on how to accept help and it’s here to give it to you. Invest in yourself, in your mind, body, skin care, makeup, books, love, in everything that makes you feel alive. Nothing is impossible. We can be everything we want to be. Believe in yourself, help yourself, nurture yourself, love yourself, love the people close to you, show them daily, give without having a thought that something will come back to you. Give to be happy. I know this is a short review, but in order to pick up a self help book you have to want to change, and in order for a self help book to actually help you, you need to want the help. This book will only work if you work for a better you. We are all capable of good. The author speaks in an awesome manner, you understand and can absorb every word he says, his calm is absorbing. I do recommend it solely for the reasons I’ve specified in this article.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nirmal Mathew

    Extremely valuable compilation of very helpful and interesting thoughts. An eclectic mix of Indian spirituality with western self-help, Jay Shetty inspires the reader to condition themselves for a more efficient but simple life. The book will provide you with a spiritual model for success and what it really takes to be happy Highly recommended!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    First off, thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC. I’ve listened to Jay before, his podcast is engaging and he’s very easy to listen to. I was excited to get this book and I can say that while it’s follows the same knowledge of a lot of other self help books, it breaks down things differently. There is a lot to take from “Thinking like a Monk”, from being present in life, for showing gratitude, to slowing down and living your best life. This is (for me) one of those books that I First off, thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC. I’ve listened to Jay before, his podcast is engaging and he’s very easy to listen to. I was excited to get this book and I can say that while it’s follows the same knowledge of a lot of other self help books, it breaks down things differently. There is a lot to take from “Thinking like a Monk”, from being present in life, for showing gratitude, to slowing down and living your best life. This is (for me) one of those books that I would highlight chapters or passages to look back on when I need a reminder to meditate, or be at one with myself. I’m not religious, but I can absolutely get behind the spiritual aspect of this book. If you’re a fan of Jay’s work, add this to your list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peaceful Warrior

    We've heard this before. I am a little disappointed with Jay Shetty's first book. The stuff he says are no longer new -they are mainstream- and all over YouTube. His monk days have certainly affected his personality but he still has the vibe of an entrepreneur. If you want to be more productive and a little bit happier, then this book is for you. It isn't for you if you're into real spirituality though, so don't bother. Real spirituality is about wanting LESS not more. In general it's not a total We've heard this before. I am a little disappointed with Jay Shetty's first book. The stuff he says are no longer new -they are mainstream- and all over YouTube. His monk days have certainly affected his personality but he still has the vibe of an entrepreneur. If you want to be more productive and a little bit happier, then this book is for you. It isn't for you if you're into real spirituality though, so don't bother. Real spirituality is about wanting LESS not more. In general it's not a total waster. 3 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty is a book that explores the author's experience as a monk and how that translates into the current work he does, "making wisdom go viral". The author's story is unique and compelling and offers ways we can implement the simplicity of monk life to our busy daily lives. Each chapter includes a variety of exercises and reflection questions to push the reader to think deeply about their lives. The author is broken down into three sections: Let Go, Grow, and Give and I Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty is a book that explores the author's experience as a monk and how that translates into the current work he does, "making wisdom go viral". The author's story is unique and compelling and offers ways we can implement the simplicity of monk life to our busy daily lives. Each chapter includes a variety of exercises and reflection questions to push the reader to think deeply about their lives. The author is broken down into three sections: Let Go, Grow, and Give and I think that sums up well what the author is hoping the reader to do. Many of the things mentioned in the book such as meditation, daily routines, and gratitude are frequently mentioned in other places, but I think the anecdotes and questions help push this further than other books. I found the writing easy to read, but at times the graphics could be a bit distracting. Overall, I recommend this book and will be re-reading it as reference in the future! Many thanks to the publisher Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Arthur

    Using cognitive therapy and other forms of self-help analysis, Jay Shetty, in Think A Monk, vividly details the ideas of self-awareness and promotes the discipline to make a change in your mentality about your life which sends you on a journey through the mind of the former monk, Jay Shetty. Think Like A Monk has a landscape which allows you to take a breather (no pun intended) in order to absorb the information set to you. There are exercises which help to focus on the ideas presented and make y Using cognitive therapy and other forms of self-help analysis, Jay Shetty, in Think A Monk, vividly details the ideas of self-awareness and promotes the discipline to make a change in your mentality about your life which sends you on a journey through the mind of the former monk, Jay Shetty. Think Like A Monk has a landscape which allows you to take a breather (no pun intended) in order to absorb the information set to you. There are exercises which help to focus on the ideas presented and make you feel as though you are a part of a bigger picture, working hand-in-hand with the people in the community to adhere to the ideas of a positive mental attitude. Jay Shetty outlines the ideas in Think Like A Monk very simply, keeping them organized and easy to understand. This book will help you to develop the mindset of peacefulness, giving you the tools to develop a sense of ease and lays out the ways of application of these ideas of peace and calmness, which help to balance your life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ediola

    There is so much I can say about the book. It’s what I expected and much much more. I may not do justice by just saying a few things because there is so much wisdom in “Think Like a Monk” that is hard to put it all in one review. Let’s start with me getting a copies as gifts, so this amazing wisdom is shared worldwide. It’s a book that may challenge you first because your ego and old beliefs may get in the way. It is not just a random self-help book. It’s one and the only book I have read that b There is so much I can say about the book. It’s what I expected and much much more. I may not do justice by just saying a few things because there is so much wisdom in “Think Like a Monk” that is hard to put it all in one review. Let’s start with me getting a copies as gifts, so this amazing wisdom is shared worldwide. It’s a book that may challenge you first because your ego and old beliefs may get in the way. It is not just a random self-help book. It’s one and the only book I have read that brings ancient wisdom, wonderful quotes ( that stick with you, if you love them as much as I do), actual studies about our behavior and all of them come wrapt in astonishing and surprising stories that will make you giggle. Most importantly, you will need to sharpen your pen and open your mind and heart to let this book carry you to the better versions of yourself and happier life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nick Rolston

    There is nothing revolutionary about the messages told in this book, and yet they are incredibly powerful and framed in a way that everyone can benefit from. The Buddhist perspective is universally applicable and the concepts of impermanence, self-grasping (ego), dharma (duty), and meditation are all communicated with wonderful analogies and clear explanations. The tenets are remarkably consistent with Christianity in terms of achieving the same end of control over one's mind and avoiding love f There is nothing revolutionary about the messages told in this book, and yet they are incredibly powerful and framed in a way that everyone can benefit from. The Buddhist perspective is universally applicable and the concepts of impermanence, self-grasping (ego), dharma (duty), and meditation are all communicated with wonderful analogies and clear explanations. The tenets are remarkably consistent with Christianity in terms of achieving the same end of control over one's mind and avoiding love for things of this world through fasting, meditation (prayer), and service to others. I specifically plan to incorporate more gratitude in life and avoiding the constant urge to compare oneself to others.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Scheremeta

    More than halfway through the book and I’ve already integrated some of the wisdom Jay shares in the pages of “Think Like a Monk”. Jay has perfectly illuminated the routine and mindfulness he experienced during his years as a Monk and explains how to weave them into your everyday modern life to de clutter your mind and help free you to find your true purpose. I’ve had challenges with the concept of detachment, in the book Jay explains it in a way that makes it palatable and even something that ca More than halfway through the book and I’ve already integrated some of the wisdom Jay shares in the pages of “Think Like a Monk”. Jay has perfectly illuminated the routine and mindfulness he experienced during his years as a Monk and explains how to weave them into your everyday modern life to de clutter your mind and help free you to find your true purpose. I’ve had challenges with the concept of detachment, in the book Jay explains it in a way that makes it palatable and even something that can be achieved effortlessly. “Think Like a Monk” will bring you “calm, balance, ease, stillness and peace” and may even drive you to wake up at 5AM and savor the sunrise! I highly recommended it!!!! Namaste Jay 🙏

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Gelb

    This book is a must read for 2020 for those seeking a clearer personal vision through self-examination. Jay shares life lessons learned from his days spent as a Monk. Each chapter offers useful “TRY THIS” exercises, as well as Jay’s Monk wisdom, and all of this encourages individual transformation. This book will serve as a guide to peace, purpose and individual transformation. This book is a gift to all those seeking more meaning and purpose in their lives. “The only way to build a meaningful l This book is a must read for 2020 for those seeking a clearer personal vision through self-examination. Jay shares life lessons learned from his days spent as a Monk. Each chapter offers useful “TRY THIS” exercises, as well as Jay’s Monk wisdom, and all of this encourages individual transformation. This book will serve as a guide to peace, purpose and individual transformation. This book is a gift to all those seeking more meaning and purpose in their lives. “The only way to build a meaningful life is to filter out the noise and look within. This is the first step to building your Monk Mind.” - Jay Shetty Order your copy today of “Think Like a Monk” and start your journey to building a more purposeful life!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sunil Shivniwar

    Helpful book for those who are starting their exploration of the truth, and the nature of the mind and its challenges, the purpose of life, the conflict between ego and Self. The book simplifies a lot of things by showing that the monk mind is an indispensable and integral part of life. You can also download the free kindle sample and see for yourself. All in all, a very useful book to explore the various facets, challenges of living life, overcoming negativity and mental roadblocks, and guiding Helpful book for those who are starting their exploration of the truth, and the nature of the mind and its challenges, the purpose of life, the conflict between ego and Self. The book simplifies a lot of things by showing that the monk mind is an indispensable and integral part of life. You can also download the free kindle sample and see for yourself. All in all, a very useful book to explore the various facets, challenges of living life, overcoming negativity and mental roadblocks, and guiding you to realise your full potential in your most important journey of living life with full awareness and wisdom. Highly recommended!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anisha

    Just received my copy recently and I am having so difficult time putting this book filled with such great wisdom down. This book is a recipe for enthralling journey into our mind. So far I have completed only four chapters and love the exercises that has been attached with the chapters. The author provides readers a combination of ancient Wisdom incorporated with Modern Science facts and Practical and Actionable ways of well being. Loving and working through this incredible learning journey to t Just received my copy recently and I am having so difficult time putting this book filled with such great wisdom down. This book is a recipe for enthralling journey into our mind. So far I have completed only four chapters and love the exercises that has been attached with the chapters. The author provides readers a combination of ancient Wisdom incorporated with Modern Science facts and Practical and Actionable ways of well being. Loving and working through this incredible learning journey to train my mind for peace and purpose 💖🤩🤯. Loving every bit of it. “The goal of monk thinking is a life free from ego, envy, lust, anxiety, anger, bitterness, baggage.” ~Jay Shetty 🙏🏼.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Avancy

    A guide to shifting perspective in the modern world. If you’re into personal development, read this. If you’re just beginning your journey, read this. If you think you already know everything and have everything you need, read this; it will remind you of the things you’ve already heard of or have been taught. I think this book is for everyone. I re-read it twice already and gave me new perspective each time as with other books I’ve re-read. This book is full of wisdom that everyone needs to hear A guide to shifting perspective in the modern world. If you’re into personal development, read this. If you’re just beginning your journey, read this. If you think you already know everything and have everything you need, read this; it will remind you of the things you’ve already heard of or have been taught. I think this book is for everyone. I re-read it twice already and gave me new perspective each time as with other books I’ve re-read. This book is full of wisdom that everyone needs to hear (or hear again). It may not be relevant to you at the time you read it but it may plant a seed. Or it can act as a reminder to live a more purposeful life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linzi Jensen

    LOVE!! This book is going on my annual reading list. Here’s some of my favorite quotes: “Before judging others, pause for a moment and ask: am I finding fault in order to distract myself or others from my own insecurities? Am I projecting my own weakness onto them? And even if I’m doing neither of those things, am I any better than the person I’m criticizing? I can’t say what the answers to the first two questions will be in every case, but the answer to the third question is always no.” “Humili LOVE!! This book is going on my annual reading list. Here’s some of my favorite quotes: “Before judging others, pause for a moment and ask: am I finding fault in order to distract myself or others from my own insecurities? Am I projecting my own weakness onto them? And even if I’m doing neither of those things, am I any better than the person I’m criticizing? I can’t say what the answers to the first two questions will be in every case, but the answer to the third question is always no.” “Humility comes from accepting where you are without seeing it as a reflection of who you are.” “Meditation doesn’t eliminate distractions, it manages them.” “Kindness and gratitude are symbiotic.” “Here’s a life hack: Service is always the answer. Service is the direct path to a meaningful life.” “Nobody completes you. You’re not half.” “Nobody deserves verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. It is better to be alone.” “Your value doesn’t depend on someone else’s ability to see your worth.”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Munira

    “When you know the pain has value——You can focus on what is important instead of being distracted by your discomfort” It doesn’t just give the reader a strong vision to see themselves, people, and the world around them differently, but also teaches how to “lean on strengths” instead of focusing on weaknesses. The most fascinating book I’ve ever read. His podcasts are amazing too. I’m literally starting to read it for the second time today (now). Read it once and you will know why I’m doing so.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Jakoubek

    I admit, I’m one of those people who has allowed negativity and fear to rule my life for far to long. Life has knocked me down more times than I want to admit. For the past few years I’ve been following Jay, but until lately I haven’t been in a place where I can take the time to delve into my life. Jay has been able to make deep and profound concepts and make them actively for everyone to understand and change your life for the good. This is a book to have by your side always. It’s already been I admit, I’m one of those people who has allowed negativity and fear to rule my life for far to long. Life has knocked me down more times than I want to admit. For the past few years I’ve been following Jay, but until lately I haven’t been in a place where I can take the time to delve into my life. Jay has been able to make deep and profound concepts and make them actively for everyone to understand and change your life for the good. This is a book to have by your side always. It’s already been highlighted with notes in their margin. I hope everyone will have this in their library.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Sands

    This is an interesting approach to "self help" in that the guy really has some street cred—spending time living a monastic life—and yet the material is delivered in everyday language that is accessible and digestible. This is a book for now. I found the lessons within very helpful to me as I sort out my feelings and reactions to our current day struggles. It helped me to see myself differently and ask myself hard, but necessary, questions. I also felt really good after spending time with it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Furness

    This is one of the best books i've read in a long time. I am a big fan of wisdom/self help/mental and emotional health books and this one has it all. It combines some ancient wisdom coupled with Jay's personal experiences and added to it with a dash of neuroscience to explain how we can all change the habits of thought that we fall into and it also gives practical advice and tools that you can use to implement into your life. I sense this will be a book talked about for decades.

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