4 Ways Thinking Like A Monk Can Free Your Mind

SoulAdvisor | 21 Jun 2021

How can you free yourself of anxiety, anger, and bitterness and all those negative emotions that create unnecessary burden and unease in your life?   

Jay Shetty, bestselling author, podcast host, purpose coach and himself a former monk, explains how you can think like a monk without actually having to live like one in his recent book, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind For Peace and Purpose Every Day.

Basing his advice on four principles practiced by monks - focus, self-awareness, compassion, and mindfulness - Jay says you access stillness, calm and clarity in your life.  Here’s how:

1. Focus

Monks are masters of focus, according to Jay, so by training your mind to focus on the things you want without succumbing to the outside distractions, your brain will begin to change.

By learning to focus, you will overcome your procrastination and overthinking and learn self control. 

If you can train your mind to focus on the things you want without succumbing to the outside distractions, your brain will begin to change. If you need support with focus, you can book with a range of qualified practitioners

2. Self-Awareness

Connecting with your true self and values, and cultivating a deep relationship with yourself helps you to better determine your values, what’s important to you and what you really want in life. Jay says doing this will help protect you from allowing others’ projections to affect your life.

Having the ability to create this relationship with yourself will help protect you from allowing others’ projections to affect your life.

3. Compassion

Being mindful of what another person is going through is compassion. It requires patience, kindness, thinking of others, and showing grace. Jay says compassion helps you stay more present and research shows those who practice it are better at dealing with difficult circumstances.

4. Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness - simply being aware of your thoughts and emotions - allows you to be in touch with how you are feeling mentally and emotionally, without judgment. 

Jay believes mindfulness increases the quality of your life, helps you to manage fear and anxiety, be more focused and self-aware; and ultimately, by exercising power over your thoughts, find happiness.  

You can read the full article from Jay here

If you’re interested in meditation, mindfulness or learning about new ways to think, consider connecting with one of our qualified health practitioners, visit our therapies section and book a free discovery call to discuss your needs and goals. 

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