7 TIMELESS TECHNIQUES FROM “THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI” THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.
These rituals are taken from the classic” The monk who sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma. This book has always inspired me to become a better person and bestowed me with the techniques to live a fuller, richer and happier life. I truly love the incredible and life-transforming techniques that this book offers, which I would love to pass on to you. These ancient rituals are objective and inspirational. Stick with me, as I unfold the timeless and life-changing secrets of the sages of Sivana. They are more applicable today more than ever.
Think of yourself as a race car worth a million-dollar, well-oiled, and highly efficient machine. But what if you don’t pit stop to fuel your car? What is the use of incredible power that holds? It will all go to waste. Similarly, you have to take some time every day for your personal pit-stop or break to replenish your mind, body, and soul, in order to utilize the infinite potential of the human mind. Taking out time to renew yourself is paramount. Ironically taking out time from your hectic schedule for self-improvement and personal enrichment will dramatically improve your life.
If you say you cannot devote 45 minutes to 1 hour daily to fuel yourself, how will your engine perform efficiently?
It takes a month to fully install a new habit but after this period the strategies and techniques will fit you like a second skin. Try to practice these rituals at the same time every day so it becomes integrated into your routine as a ritual. Don’t be bound by the shackles of your schedule.
When you invest in yourself and devote yourself to raising your mind, body, and character to their highest levels, you will witness the most rewarding results.
1.Ritual of solitude
This involves nothing more than a mandatory period of peace every day for 10 minutes. Think of this like a rest break for your overheated engine.
It is like a pitstop for our soul. Its purpose is self-renewal and it is accomplished by spending time alone in the beautiful blanket of silence.
Solitude connects us to our limitless intelligence and creativity. The inner quietness brings incredible benefits like a deep sense of peace, wellbeing, inner peace, and boundless energy.
You should accompany this quietness with beauty. The beauty of natural sounds and pictures to soothe your ruffled soul. You can explore Zifcare’s focus music feature to accompany you in your magical solitude. You can practice this ritual amidst nature, maybe in your backyard or garden. Being with nature allows us to connect with our highest self.
2.Ritual of Physicality
This ritual is based on the idea that we need to take care of our body as much as our mind. Take some time every day to nourish the temple of your body through rigorous exercise.
There are 168 hours in a week, we can at least invest 5 hours for our body and indulge in some kind of physical activity.
Physical activity gives us longevity, vitality, and radiance. The sages of Sivana indulged in yoga to awaken their ultimate physical potential. Dedicating some time daily for physical activity not only focuses your mind and rejuvenates your body, but also makes you disciplined – an incredible virtue which blows out in other areas of your life too. Take deep breaths, move your body and multiply your energy reserves.
3.Ritual of nourishment.
A poor diet has a pronounced effect on your life. It drains your mental and physical energy. It affects your moods and it hampers the clarity of your mind.
Yogi Raman says 'As you nourish your body, so you nourish your mind.'
Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains and you might just live forever. This is the diet that nature intended. It is alive, vital, and supremely healthy. All of their wisdom was based on the ageless principle that 'one must live a life of moderation and do nothing to extremes.' So, if you like meat, you can certainly keep eating it. Just remember that you are ingesting dead food.
4.Ritual of Abundant knowledge
Ritual of abundant knowledge is all about becoming a student for life. Increasing and applying your knowledge will totally change the way you look at life and how life behaves with you. Read regularly. Reading for thirty minutes a day will do wonders for you. It is immensely nourishing.
The profound sages spent many of their waking moments reading, they read the ancient pieces of literature ten to fifteen times, we also should try to completely absorb the books that we read, to have a greater impact.
Every answer to every problem you face is already in print. If you want to be a better person, friend, or lover, there are books that will rocket you towards your goals. Every challenge you face or the mistake you make has already been made by people who have walked before you and they have recorded the answers in the books to make life easier for you.
5.Ritual of personal reflection
The sages were firm believers in the power of inner contemplation. Discovering the depths of your being will allow you to connect to dimensions of yourself you never knew existed.
Every evening, after a full day of productive work, spend some time in a silent corner of your home and reflect on your day. Consider all of your actions and whether they were positive and constructive or whether they were of the negative sort, in need of repair. By clearly knowing what we are doing wrong in our day, we could take immediate steps to improve and advance along the path of self-mastery
By looking at what you are doing, how you are spending your day, and the thoughts you are thinking, you give yourself a benchmark for measuring improvement.
“The only way to improve tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today."
6.Ritual of early awakening
The sages believed the sunshine was a gift from heaven.
Sleep well if you want to get up with the sun. The quality of sleep matters and not the quantity. Try not to eat after 8 pm, so that your digestive activity doesn’t hamper your sleep. Listen to calming music before heading off to sleep.
The ten-minute period before you sleep and after you wake up is deeply influential on your subconscious mind. Only the most inspiring and serene thoughts should be programmed in your mind during that time. Before sleeping, don’t watch the news or social media. Relax. Listen to some soft music and drift off into a rich and renewing slumber, so that you can wake up early and fresh. After you wake up, give a prayer of gratitude for all that you have, smile, and get the happiness juices flowing.
7.Ritual of spoken word
The profound sages had a series of mantras they would recite morning, noon, and night.
Mantra is nothing more than a collection of strong words strung together to create a positive effect. In the modern-day language, the mantras are known as affirmations. Writing affirmations or reading them aloud has a wonderful effect on our spirit. “I am an inspiration; I am abundant and I am energized” can truly motivate us. (https://zifcare.com/blog/135-positive-affirmations-to-use-in-your-daily-life)
The self-talk that we have with ourselves governs our inside and in turn the outside. You are what you think the whole day.
You see, the words you say to yourself affect your self-image and your self-image determines what actions you take. For example, if your self-image is one of a person who lacks confidence you will only be able to take actions that are aligned with this trait. On the other hand, if your self-image is one of a radiant individual who is fearless, all your actions will correspond to this quality.
Your self-image is a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. The beautiful thing is that you can change your self-image, just like you can change everything else in your life. Mantras are a great way to accomplish this objective.
These rituals are no rocket science. No matter if you follow the western lifestyle or the eastern lifestyle, these rituals will always guide and transform you. These rituals may not be something you are hearing for the first time. From our ancient sages to our grandparents to our modern-day motivational gurus, everyone is preaching this. Perhaps it’s time we try them ourselves and witness the life-changing transformation.
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