I accidentally subscribed to this visual book insights app called Lucid. It promised “Read faster. Remember more.” so I had to try it. 🤷🏻♂️
Neglecting to cancel my free trial (oops!), I now have a full year of this service, so I might as well get the most out of it.
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
👉 Luckily, we can take some useful lessons from monks without actually being Christian or abstinent. 😜
The monk mentality
A monk has an inward focus and moves past pain and anxiety, leading to a happier and more meaningful life.
A monk focuses on core issues, long-term vision, and strives to find meaning. This is in contrast to a “monkey” mind, which is distracted, overwhelmed, and focusing on temporary fixes.
Identity and meaning
Our core values define who we are and the meaning of our life. Our values should come from within rather than from other people’s influence.
We need to figure out what we’re all about so that we can focus our priorities and goals.
Dealing with negativity
👉 This section reminds me of the idea that people’s criticism often says more about themselves than the person they are criticizing. 🧐
If you think of others negatively, you think of yourself negatively.
To break this cycle: identity your negative thoughts towards others, stop, and reframe them in a more empathetic, specific, and helpful way.
If you think of others more positively, you think of yourself more positively and make better choices.
👉 I like this section because I learned a while back that decisions driven by fear generally do not turn out well. 😱
Identify your deepest underlying fears. Acknowledge these fears and embrace them.
Then detach from your fears to make smart, independent, intentional choices.
👉 Despite this book calling for an early morning routine, I’m personally finding a relaxing nighttime routine especially useful. 😴
Wake up early to give yourself time to have a positive boost to your day. Use this time to be grateful, read & learn, meditate, and exercise.
Get to bed early and plan how you will conquer the next day.
The battle in your mind
👉 I love this section because of the wolf analogy. 🤩
In each of our minds are two wolves battling with each other for control. One wolf is consumed by fear, anger, insecurity, and ego. The other is driven by love, kindness, humility, and positivity.
You can feed one of them (yes the good one!) by giving it your time and energy.
This internal battle is normal, and we should view it as external to us. Use meditation to observe your mind and better understand what might be triggering any negative thoughts.
Reframe negative thoughts in a positive way, changing problems and fears into positive actions.