7 Virtues of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is an interesting spiritual fable by R. Sharma. In this book, he explains the seven virtues we need to live a fulfilled life.

In this article, we explain what they are and how to practice them.

1) Rule Your Mind

“The mind is a magnificent servant but a terrible master.”

Control your mind, and everything will follow. A daily practice is necessary to be the master of your thoughts because they cause your feelings.

“On a normal day, a normal person has about 60,000 thoughts. 99% of them are exactly the same as the day before.” A chain of thoughts creates a mental habit. As a result, every day you will think the same, and this happens for the rest of your life. This is why it is so important to control your thoughts.

“The best way to control your thoughts is to learn to meditate.”

One tip we can give you: Find the opposite thought.

When you catch yourself having a negative thought, you have to ask yourself “what is the opposite?” If you are having a bad day everything is going wrong, imagine what it would be like if everything was fine. How would you feel and act if you were full of energy? After a few minutes, you will see how your perception changes, and you will face the rest of the day with a better attitude.

2) Have a Purpose

Having clearly defined your goals for each aspect of life is as important as a beacon for a boat. It is possible that when the visibility is good you may think you do not need this beacon. But when the darkness engulfs you, knowing where you are heading will keep you safe.

Long lasting happiness is achieved by working constantly on reaching your goals. There is no other secret.

This does not mean that we have to become workaholics. It means that we have to take the time to learn and develop the skills to materialize our dreams.

You can create a vision board to keep an eye on your purpose. Write what you want and the steps you will take to get it. Commit to your goals. Share this commitment with your friends and family to hold you accountable.

3) Kaizen

Kaizen means constant improvement. It is a process of gradual self-improvement that allows you to expand your comfort zone without feeling overwhelmed.

To overcome the hard times, it is necessary to have the courage to face your fears and challenges. Implementing small improvements will allow you to persevere where the majority abandons.

4) Discipline

Discipline is fundamental to having the life you want. Instead of following your impulses, do what you know is best for achieving your final goal.

If you are trying to lose weight and you want a cheeseburger, if eating it will help you reach your desired weight. By exercising discipline, your spirit becomes stronger and staying on track will be less difficult.

5) Value Your Time

Well-organized time is the clearest sign of a well-organized mind.

The day has 24 hours for everyone. So, how is it possible some people have time for everything and others do not find time for anything? The answer is simple: there are those who use time wisely and those who do not.

Ask yourself why you do things. Review your daily tasks and prioritize. Do the most important things first instead of distracting yourself with insignificant activities.

6) Help Others

We learn through our actions and by helping others overcome their challenges. But do not expect special situations to act. Start by sharing comforting words with those who least expect them, by not neglecting friendships and showing affection to your family.

7) Embrace the Present

We must learn to enjoy the present and have all our focus on the now.

Practice mindfulness. Those who struggle with their future are not living in the present but in a fictitious future that makes them anxious. Don’t miss the blessings of today thinking of what you may be lacking tomorrow.

Finding Peace in Your Daily Life

In today’s world, we often spend day after day, week after week, running around, going to work, picking up kids, and doing errands. Our schedules are so full and busy that it can feel impossible to find time and peace in our lives.

Here, we’ve put together a few ways that will help you find peace in your busy day to day life.

  • Take Time – Choose time out of your schedule that is not very busy, like first thing in the morning or right before bed. Just breathe. Take a few minutes to reflect. You don’t need to get deep into saying thanks or asking for forgiveness for anything. Just take the time and focus on the positive aspects of your life. Think about all the good things that you’ve got going on and just be thankful for each one of them. This practice starts small but will eventually have you feeling more and more at peace.
  • Let Go – No one’s life is perfect. We all have problems that seem like they could make out entire universe collapse. We dwell on the negative and let it balloon until it is the only thing that we can think of. However, the truth is that most of our problems are not any bigger than us. We simply need to let go of them. Once we learn to let go of our fears, stress, and anxieties, we learn to be happier and carry a peaceful mind with us wherever we go. Of course, this is not a way to solve your problems, but what is the point of worrying about things that have not happened yet? Worry about problems as they happen.
  • Smile – Most people have heard that if you smile, you can trick your brain into being happy. It is not necessarily the case, smiling when your sad will not make you happy. But think of a dog, sometimes just looking at them with an excited smile on your face is enough to get them excited. Humans too can read facial expressions. The thing is that the more often you smile, the more often people will smile back at you. Simply being smiled at will make you feel good and might even be the chance you needed to start a conversation.
  • Say Hello – There are billions of people walking around on this planet and we all spend most of our time alone. Even when we walk down a busy street, we often have headphones in or just don’t take the time to stop and smell the roses. The next time you are walking down the street, try saying hello to the next person you see, considering that they are not occupied.

Life is short, and it can be stressful. These are the reasons why it is important to slow down and breathe. So, next time, take your time walking down the street, observe everything you can, smile, and say hello for heaven’s sake. You never know, a smile might be all that it takes to make someone else’s day!