Finding Peace And Purpose By Thinking Like A Monk

Episode 134 1h 17m
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Never before have so many people been so dissatisfied—or so preoccupied with chasing “happiness.” Our culture and media feed us images and concepts about who and what we should be, while holding up models of what accomplishment and success should look like. We seek more and more, in a circuit that leads to frustration, disillusion, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and exhaustion. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I was excited to chat with Jay Shetty about how to uncover your true passion and purpose, stop living based on other people’s opinions, and start living a life that is true to you. Throughout our conversation, Jay shares important lessons he learned from his time as a monk, and how to apply them to our own lives to reduce stress, improve relationships, overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within us all. Jay and I discuss the difference between loneliness and solitude; loneliness is the fear of being alone, and solitude is the strength of being alone. We also explore how we have lost the ability to connect with ourselves. And Jay talks about respecting the need for time alone, and what there is to be gained from experiencing silence and stillness. We also get into the important topic of service. Jay explains that when we serve others we gain gratitude for what we have, perspective for what others don’t have, and empathy and compassion for people’s pain and suffering. Ultimately, service is the direct path to a meaningful life. Jay is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to laying out a framework to train our mind for peace and purpose everyday, which are two things we all need the most right now. This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Four Sigmatic. For a limited time, new subscribers to ButcherBox will receive 2 lbs of 100% grass-fed, grass finished beef free in every box for the life of your subscription. To this limited time offer, go to Four Sigmatic is now providing an exclusive offer for Doctor’s Farmacy listeners. Receive up to 39% off on their best selling Lion’s Mane Coffee bundles. To get this deal, just go to

Topics Covered

  • The event that inspired Jay to become a monk


  • Jay’s realization that he was ultimately not meant to be a monk, and his transition back to non-monastic life


  • Understanding your mind, and how it creates happiness or dissatisfaction


  • The difference between loneliness and solitude


  • Questions to ask yourself to start living a life true to yourself


  • Discovering and protecting your purpose


  • What Jay’s monk training taught him about facing rejection


  • Engaging pain helps heal yourself and others


  • Finding calm in chaos


  • Applying monk qualities to our relationships with others


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