These are the best quotes from the book Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty.
Jay Shetty relies on his time as a monk in this inspiring and uplifting book to show us how to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of our full potential and power. Think Like a Monk teaches how to overcome bad ideas and habits, and reach the peace and purpose that lies inside all of us, by combining ancient knowledge and his own profound experiences at the ashram. He turns abstract concepts into practical guidance and activities that we can all do to decrease stress, strengthen relationships, and share the talents we discover within ourselves with the rest of the world.
Quotes from Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
The more we define ourselves in relation to the people around us, the more lost we are.
Cancers of the Mind: Comparing, Complaining, Criticizing.
Our search is never for a thing, but for the feeling, we think the thing will give us.
When you learn to navigate and manage your breath, you can navigate any situation in life.
Too often we love people who don’t love us, but we fail to return the love of others who do.
When we look for the good in others, we start to see the best in ourselves too.
If you don’t break your ego, life will break it for you.
Everyone has a story, and sometimes our egos choose to ignore that. Don’t take everything personally—it is usually not about you.
“I wish” is code for “I don’t want to do anything differently.”
It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others.
The arrogant ego desires respect, whereas the humble worker inspires respect.
Revenge is the mode of ignorance—it’s often said that you can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.
To walk down the same old path and find a new stone is to open your mind.
Being present is the only way to live a truly rich and full life.
Yesterday is but a dream. Tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Life’s too short to live without purpose, to lose our chance to serve, to let our dreams and aspirations die with us.
Negativity is a trait, not someone’s identity.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.
No one organ was more important than another; all of them worked in concert, and the body needed them all.
The pinnacle of forgiveness, true sattva, is to wish the person who caused you pain well.
The cause of fear: attachment. The cure for fear: detachment.
Treat yourself with the same love and respect you want to show to others.
We can’t stop our parents from dying, but we use fear to remind us to spend more time with them.
Criticizing someone else’s work ethic doesn’t make you work harder.
Talking to yourself not only boosts your memory, but it also helps you focus.
I can use my awareness of my fear as a tool to help me make decisions that are truly in line with my values and purpose.
When someone hurts you, it’s because they’re hurt. Their hurt is simply spilling over. They need help.
Forgiveness eases stress because we no longer recycle the angry thoughts, both conscious and subconscious, that stressed us out in the first place.
You can’t be anything you want. But you can be everything you are.
It is important to find our significance not from thinking other people have it better but from being the person we want to be.