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Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty

Title Think Like a Monk
Author Jay Shetty
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Release Date 2020-09-08
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781982134488
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

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.

The Buddha And The Badass by Vishen Lakhiani

Title The Buddha and the Badass
Author Vishen Lakhiani
Publisher Rodale Books
Release Date 2020
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781984823397
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

"The New York Times bestselling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind challenges everything you thought you knew about work, showing how aligning with your core values and fostering personal growth will lead to unimaginable success with a sense of ease"--

The Way Of The Monk by Gaur Gopal Das

Title The Way of the Monk
Author Gaur Gopal Das
Publisher Sounds True
Release Date 2020-08-04
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781683646631
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

Take the wheel of your life with monastic wisdom teachings from a surprisingly modern source. “There is a traffic jam within our minds. That traffic jam is stopping each one of us from reaching our true potential. Imagine if we knew how to clear this disruption. No fumes of insecurity causing us to cough, no one honking at us, distracting us from what’s important, and plenty of fuel to sustain us so that we can live a life worth living.” —Gaur Gopal Das What can a member of a Mumbai ashram offer the modern world? As it turns out, quite a bit. In The Way of the Monk, Gaur Gopal Das reveals that contemporary monastic life is far from our dour, isolated conception of it—and still has keen insights to share. Das presents a guide to navigating some of life’s most fundamental questions. How can we achieve peace when the world is so full of noise and conflict? How do we learn to let go of attachment when consumer culture constantly tells us that we are unfulfilled? How can we embody love when our interactions with others are so fraught with old wounds and misunderstanding? Das writes from the perspective of a trusted friend, weaving tales he’s encountered over the years into a single, overarching teaching story. Here, you will learn: Why the keys to life’s central challenges have been known for thousands of years The four “wheels” of behavior that support health, balance, and satisfaction How to stop and appreciate life’s most beautiful aspects The value of surrendering to the form of the moment The many ways of honoring and connecting with the divine Why service and selflessness are at the heart of a fulfilled life The Way of the Monk is a both an ideal starting point and guide to the spiritual path, teaching fundamental skills of mindfulness, self-inquiry, positive communication, and more.

The Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai

Title The Urban Monk
Author Pedram Shojai
Publisher Rodale
Release Date 2017-10-24
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781623369019
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

In this New York Times bestseller, you will discover how the calmness of Zen masters can help you stop time, refuel, and focus on the things that really matter. Our world is an overwhelming place. Each day’s commitments to career and family take everything we’ve got, and we struggle to focus on our health, relationships, and purpose in life. Technology brings endless information to our fingertips, but the one thing we really want—a sense of satisfaction and contentment—remains out of reach. Pedram Shojai is here to change all of that. With practice, you can stop time, refuel, and focus on the things that really matter, even among the chaos that constantly surrounds us. His no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools to elevate your existence. He guides you in learning to honor the body and mind, discharge stuck energy, and shake free from toxicity and excess stress. The world needs you to step up and live your life to the fullest. Pedram Shojai is the Urban Monk who can show you how to drink from infinity, find peace and prosperity, and thrive.

Title A Monk s Guide to a Clean House and Mind
Author Shoukei Matsumoto
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2018-01-04
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781846149702
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional cleaning techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul. 'We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt to free ourselves of attachments. We live simply and take time to contemplate the self, mindfully living each moment. It's not just monks that need to live this way. Everyone in today's busy world today needs it. The Zen sect of Buddhism is renowned for the cleanliness of its monks, but cleaning is greatly valued in Japanese Buddhism in general as a way to cultivate the mind. In this book, I introduce everyday cleaning methods typically employed in temples, while sharing what it's like to be a monk in training. This book will improve the condition not just of your own mind, but also the people around you. I hope readers will discover that cleanliness is an opportunity to contemplate oneself.'

Living With The Monks by Jesse Itzler

Title Living with the Monks
Author Jesse Itzler
Publisher Center Street
Release Date 2019-10-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 147899343X
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

Equal parts memoir and road map to living a less stressful and more vibrant life, bestselling author Jesse Itzler offers an illuminating, entertaining, and unexpected trip for anyone looking to feel calmer and more controlled in our crazy, hectic world. Entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and father of four Jesse Itzler only knows one speed: Full Blast. But when he felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn't take a vacation or get a massage. Instead, Jesse moved into a monastery for a self-imposed time-out. In Living with the Monks, the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling Living with a SEAL, Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other. Having only been exposed to monasteries on TV, Jesse arrives at the New Skete religious community in the isolated mountains of upstate New York with a shaved head and a suitcase filled with bananas. To his surprise, New Skete monks have most of their hair. They're Russian Orthodox, not Buddhist, and they're also world-renowned German shepherd breeders and authors of dog-training books that have sold in the millions. As Jesse struggles to fit in amongst the odd but lovable monks, self-doubt begins to beat like a tribal drum. Questioning his motivation to embark on this adventure and missing his family (and phone), Jesse struggles to balance his desire for inner peace with his need to check Twitter. But in the end, Jesse discovers the undeniable power of the monks and their wisdom, and the very real benefits of taking a well-deserved break as a means of self-preservation in our fast-paced world.

Worth It by Brit Barron

Title Worth It
Author Brit Barron
Publisher Broadleaf Books
Release Date 2020-07-21
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781506463285
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

Brit Barron grew up in an Evangelical megachurch in the '90s, trying to fit neatly inside the boundaries her church and its narrow view of God had placed around her. She was boxed in by her fears, unable to realize her full potential. All that changed when she met a girl named Sami, fell in love, and chose to leave behind those narrow boundaries in favor of a fuller and more vibrant life. In Worth It, Brit tells her story to inspire all of us to overcome our own fears--the kinds of fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been handed to us by others. We can't avoid or outrun these fears, but if we face them, we'll find out that it was so worth it!

A Better Man by Michael Ian Black

Title A Better Man
Author Michael Ian Black
Publisher Algonquin Books
Release Date 2020-09-15
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781616209513
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

A poignant look at boyhood, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college, and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love. “As a parent of both boys and girls, I find myself rebuffing the gender-based cultural assumptions that are foisted on them more frequently than I could have ever imagined. Thank you, Michael Ian Black, for challenging society’s antiquated approach to raising boys and deepening the conversation about what we actually want for our kids. Sir, you are a good egg.” —Samatha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee In this thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal book, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black gets (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. In the form of a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son—but with ideas sure to resonate for many parents—he reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help his son be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world in which the word “masculinity” now goes hand in hand with “toxic.” Part memoir, part advice book, Black delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men? A Better Man is for parents, yes, but it is also for anyone looking for a path forward as we navigate the complex gender issues of our time.

Everyday Happiness Mantras by Dr Rekha Shetty

Title Everyday Happiness Mantras
Author Dr Rekha Shetty
Publisher Rupa Publications India
Release Date 2015-01-01
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 242
ISBN 8129135051
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

The most important person in your life should be you. The voice with which you speak to yourself should be kind, gentle and nurturing. Most of us treat ourselves like harsh jailors rather than gentle caregivers. Forgive yourself, encourage yourself. Everyday Happiness Mantras, your very own guidebook to good cheer, will stay with you through the annual calendar and constantly remind you of the things that truly matter in life. Divided into fifty-two articles for each week of the year this book concentrates on one home truth at a time, observing each of which will ensure that you never have a bad day. Covering topics as varied as the power of communication and everyday love, to the importance of observing the annual rituals of the International Family Day and International Women's Day, Everyday Happiness Mantras takes old habits and imbues them with new significance that gives them renewed relevance. If you are choosing happiness over everything else this year, this is the book for you.

The Book Of Joy by Dalai Lama

Title The Book of Joy
Author Dalai Lama
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2016-09-20
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780143198345
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French


Book Summary:

Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity. The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet, despite having experienced great personal and national suffering. From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake, the first being their personal stories and teachings about joy. Both the Dalai Lama and Tutu have been tested by extraordinary adversity, oppression, and conflict. The second layer consists of the exciting research into joy as well as the other qualities essential for any enduring happiness, like gratitude, humility, humour, compassion, generosity, and forgiveness. And the third encompasses practical exercises and guidance based on the Dalai Lama's and Tutu's own daily practices, which anchor their emotional and spiritual lives. Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and even wise-cracking humour, how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of being.