SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

S. & S. Sept. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781982134488. $27. REL
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Shetty, host of the podcast On Purpose, spent three years studying with Vedic monks in an ashram outside of Mumbai. He realized that his purpose in life was not to be a monk, but instead to spread the practices and knowledge he gained in a modern way. Now he has a strong social media following, an internationally popular podcast, and numerous fans. This book aims to teach readers to find “peace, calm, and purpose” by following the example set forth by monks. Shetty believes that true transformation occurs with examining the root of the issue, and this book tackles many of life’s tough spots including fear, anxiety, finding one’s purpose, and dealing with relationships. Although fundamentally based in Vedic teachings, Shetty’s influences and references are widespread and both religious and secular. He provides plenty of exercises and examples to put his teachings into daily practice and his sources are thoroughly documented.
VERDICT Listeners of Shetty’s podcast will be familiar with his conversational tone, and his style adapts into an easy-to-read, approachable guide. Recommended for readers interested in mindfulness and self-exploration guides.

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