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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (TMWSHF) by Robin Sharma, was one of the best books that I have read in quit some time and here is why. First and foremost it made sense. The book itself is a fairly quick and enjoyable read which isn’t typical of mental or spiritual books in most cases.
TMWSHF is a fable of a high powered attorney (Julian) who has all of the material wealth one could ever dream of. He works ridiculous hours and has earned every dollar he’s made and every possession he owns. Julian is also an overstressed, overweight, workaholic who looks years older than he actually is.
Following a massive heart-attack in the middle of a courtroom, Julian sells off his possessions, quits his legal profession and moves to India to study with the sages. Sharma does an outstanding job of using the character of Julian to illustrate what REALLY matters in this life. Here are a few of his “guidelines” to enlightened living.
10 Rituals of Radiant Living
1. Practice solitude- use a journal and meditation
2. Physicality-exercise and breathing
3. Live Nourishment-eating real food
4. Abundant knowledge- that you apply to your daily life
5. Become an early riser
6. Personal reflection-daily inventory
7. Music-use as a tool for mood
8. Spoken word- use mantras i.e “I’ m strong able and calm”
9. Congruent character- sow a character and reap your destiny
7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living
1. Master your mind- the symbol is the magnificent garden
2. Follow your purpose-the towering lighthouse
3. Practice kaizen (daily incremental improvement)-the sumo wrestler
4. Live with discipline-the pink wire
5. Respect your time-the gold stopwatch
6. Selflessly serve others-the fragrant rose
7. Embrace the present-the path of diamonds
The million-dollar question of course is, “what does enlightened living have to do with minor league baseball?” In the pursuit of the best version of ourselves as baseball players and teammates it seems logical that the pursuance of the best version of ourselves as individuals would only benefit us along that journey. Professional baseball is a life riddled with adversity, monotony, failure, joy, passion, travel, volatility, sunshine, rain and every season is long! We need to make the strongest “vessel” we can to weather the storm.
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