Seven Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living

Wow, what a title! Recently I read a book, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” The book was simply about a criminal lawyer from America that had a heart attack in his middle age and had to make a decision as to whether he would continue on at his profession, or live a healthier life. He decided to venture to India and some years later came back to tell his story which is summarised in those seven timeless virtues.

I must admit it was a book that initially challenged me in some areas but it was one that I could not put down as I resinated with the messages that I am delighted to share with you.

The seven virtues and key messages are highlighted below:

1. Master Your Mind

By cultivating your mind it will blossom beyond expectation. Your life can be determined by your thoughts. There are no mistakes, only lessons. It encourages for you to see set backs as opportunities for personal growth.

2. Follow Your Purpose

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Discover and then realise your life work brings lasting fulfillment. I guess this is similar to my belief that if you are following your passion it will lead to greater happiness. In this chapter it also spoke of setting clearly defined personal, professional and spiritual goals and then having the courage to act on them. Actions speak louder than words!

3. Practice Continual Improvement (or Kaizen)

Self mastery is the DNA of life mastery. Success on the outside begins within, this leads to enlightenment coming through the consistent cultivation of your mind, body and soul. In this chapter it is recommended to do things that you would normally fear.

4. Live With Discipline

Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage. The more you nurture the embryo of self discipline the more it will mature. Will power is the essential virtue of fully actualised life.

5. Respect Your Time

Time is your most precious commodity and it is non renewable. Focus on your priority and maintain balance. The key to respecting your time is simplifying your life. Whilst difficult it is also important to have the courage to say no.

6. Selflessly Serve Others

The quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution to others. By elevating the lives of others it will allow you to reach your highest dimensions. The technique in selflessly serving others is to practice daily acts of kindness and to give to those who ask.

7. Embrace The Present

Many of you have heard me speak about this before, but it is “living in the now.” Savour the gift of the present and never sacrifice happiness for achievement. Savour the journey and live each day as your last.

While these are the key messages that I took from this wonderful book, for those of you who enjoy reading, you may wish to obtain a copy. I would like to hope that some of the comments, if not only one, has resinated in you may make a change in your life!

by Steve Roxby

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