Inspirational speaker Jay Shetty, who lived in an Indian monastery for three years, has revealed four simple habits for living a better life.
The London-born author, 33, explained that his time as a Vedic monk in a Mumbai ashram taught him that ‘gratitude, inspiration, meditation and exercise’ are the cornerstones of a happy life.
Jay, who appeared on Good Morning Britain along with Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith, explained today from his home in LA that the four principles can be easily incorporated into everyday life – and cost nothing.
Inspirational speaker Jay Shetty, who lived in an Indian monastery for three years, revealed four simple habits for living a better life
“You don’t have to live like a monk to think like a monk,” he said. Four habits that I think are really integral to monk life and are the way that really helps; gratitude, inspiration, mediation and practice. ‘
He said that gratitude is a “huge practice” in everyday life, advising finding “one person a day in your life” to be thankful for, which “will change your feeling.”
He explained how to seek inspiration daily and continued: “ Waking up in the morning and seeking inspiration, most of us pick up our phone, 80 percent of us pick up our phone before seeing our partner or our kids.
If we can actually trade that for a quote we like, a song we love, a work of art in the morning, the first bit of insight you consume in the morning is so important to your mind.
Four habits to help you live like a monk
- Gratitude – Choose one thing or person to be grateful for every day
- Inspiration – Instead of looking at your phone in the morning, choose a quote or song that inspires you
- Mediation – Try to take the time to check in with yourself and how you feel
- Practice – Move your body any way you want, be it yoga, running or an online workout
Mediation may sound daunting, it may sound difficult and tricky, but it actually starts with planning some time for yourself in your calendar so you can spend some time and take a look at yourself. We check in with family and friends, but we rarely check in with how we feel.
‘Exercise we hear about it all the time, movement – be it yoga or a virtual workout or running – the idea of movement is so powerful to the mind.’
Jay often returns to visit the monastery, saying that while many of the monks are unaware of his current occupation, those who do know are “wonderfully encouraging.”
“Most of them have no idea what I’m actually doing,” said Jay. ‘They are not connected to social media.
“But those who do understand are so incredibly encouraging and very happy and support the fact that I can share some of these ideas and messages.”
Born and raised in London, Jay says he ‘followed the usual path’ with plans to graduate from college and pursue a business career in finance.
He first heard a monk speak when he was 21, and for the next three years he spent half of his summer vacations with a large financial company and the other half as a monk in India.
After three years of back and forth, Jay committed to living the life of a monk full time, for another three years he lived with monks, woke up at 4 a.m., meditated 4-8, studied timeless wisdom and served others in nearby communities.
After leaving the monastery, Jay began sharing lessons about mental health and life purpose on social media, and today shared how the methods he picked up “have been immensely helpful in controlling the mind.”
The London-born author, 33, has dedicated his life to sharing knowledge gained during his life as a Vedic monk in an ashram in Mumbai.
He told hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd that he often visits the monks – who are happy that he shares their ideology with the Hollywood elite.
“If you ask my parents, they will definitely tell you I thought I would keep doing it forever,” he said. ‘That was the decision I made and it brought a lot of challenges and negativity.
“I heard a lot of people say ‘Jay, how do you get a job and reintegrate,’ but I was so focused on the path and committed to it.
‘But I really found those three years were like going to school and almost since I left I tried to apply those principles in the world, the test, the exam.
“And the methods, the techniques I’ve learned over those years, have been immensely helpful in controlling the mind and training my own self to deal with what comes to us in the real world.”