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Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind For Peace And Purpose Every Day

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Book Details

Pages

227 Pages

Language

English

Released

2012

“Life begins with breath, breath carries you through all your days, and life and breath end together. Monks try to be present in the moment, but we are always conscious of now and forever. We measure our lives not by how big or small our impact is, but by how we make people feel. We use our time to establish how we will live on, through giving love and care, through supporting, communicating, creating—through the impact we have on humanity.
How will we be remembered? What will we leave behind?
Ultimately death can be seen as the greatest reflection point—by imagining the last moment you can reflect on everything that leads up to it.
Among the most common regrets dying people express are:
I wish I’d expressed my love to the people I care about.
I wish I hadn’t worked so much.
I wish I’d taken more pleasure in life.
I wish I’d done more for other people.
Notice that most of these regrets address something the person didn’t do. Monks believe we should prepare for death. We don’t want to arrive at the end of our days knowing we haven’t lived a purposeful, service-based, meaningful life.
Think of the topics we’ve considered in this book. In death, you should be fully cleansed, free of what you think you’re supposed to do, free of comparison and criticism, having faced the root of your fear, free from material desires, living in your dharma, having used your time well, having not given in to the mind’s demands, free from ego, having given more than you have taken, but then having given away all that you’ve taken, free from entitlement, free from false connections and expectations. Imagine how rewarding it will be to look back on a life where you have been a teacher while remaining a student.
Reflecting on the knowledge that we will die someday compels us to value the time we have and to spend our energy thoughtfully. Life’s too short to live without purpose, to lose our chance to serve, to let our dreams and aspirations die with us. Above all, I ask you to leave people and places better and happier than you found them.