Gardening the Bhutanese Way

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Book that will Ignite a Spark to Your Life

I would like to unfurl the Ten Rituals of Radiant Living embedded in the pages of the book, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin S Sharma. This is a breathtaking book that will keep us balanced in our daily life; a holistic approach to well-balanced professional, personal and spiritual life. The wisdom reflected in the book was profound and I bet anyone who spares a few moments going through these pages will definitely find a positive shift in their life-style. That is for guaranteed- but only if you carry the words of wisdom and manifest it in your daily actions.

Discover the Soul-enriching words as you flip through the pages...
1st Ritual: The Ritual of Solitude

Commune with nature daily. A quick walk through the woods or even a few minutes spent cultivating your tomato garden in the backyard will reconnect you to the wellspring of calm that may be dormant within you. For this reason, I make it a point that I walk through or work for a while with plants in the garden every day. Back at home, my communing with nature is marked by balcony gardening & growing indoor foliage plants.

Being with nature also allows you to tune into the infinite wisdom of your highest self. This self-knowledge will move you into the uncharted dimensions of your personal power.

2nd Ritual: The Ritual of Physicality

Care for your body so you care for the mind. Invest at least 5 hours of total 168 hours a week in some form of physical activity. To breathe properly is to live properly. While most of us know how to breathe to survive, we have never learnt how to thrive. So for 2 or 3 times a day, take a minute or two to think about breathing more deeply and effectively. The theory of effective breathing involves breathing from the abdomen in which our belly should move out slightly as we inhale.

3rd Ritual: The Ritual of Life Nourishment

As you nourish your body, so you nourish your mind. Eat live foods, which are created through the natural interaction of the sun, air, soil &water. These are vegetarian diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains.

If you are eating meat, just remember that you are ingesting dead food, the red meat which’s hard to digest. Therefore, our digestive is one of the most energy consuming processes of our entire body, whereby valuable energy reserves are needlessly depleted by this foodstuff.

4th Ritual: The Ritual of Abundant Knowledge

Read regularly. Read for 30 minutes a day but be selective about what you put in the lush garden of your mind. It talks about becoming a student of life.
5th Ritual: The Ritual of Personal Reflection

Believe in the power of inner contemplation which is nothing but the habit of thinking. The only way to improve tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today and come up with a clear plan so that it doesn't happen again.

6th Ritual: The Ritual of Early Awakening

Rise with the sun & start the day off well. Most of us sleep for more than we need to. The average person can get enough sleep by 6 hours and remain perfectly healthy and alert. To get in pace with this ritual or new habit of waking early, remember the Ancient Rule of 21. If you do anything for 21 days in a row, it will be installed as a habit.

Starting your day off well involves having positive thoughts as the thoughts you think & the actions you take in the first 10 minutes after you wake up have a very marked effect on the rest of your day.
Another thing, laughing is medicine for the soul. So even if you don’t feel like it, look in the mirror and laugh for a couple of minutes.

7th Ritual: The Ritual of Music

Spend a little time with music every day. Playing music when you feel down or weary is one of the finest motivations.

8th Ritual: The Ritual of Spoken Words

Reciting mantras is immensely effective in keeping oneself focused, strong and happy. In Sanskrit, man means mind & tra means freeing. You might repeat, ‘I am inspired, disciplined & energized but loud to keep yourself motivated. This is because words affect the mind in a pronounced way.
The words you say to yourself affect your self-image & your-self image determines what actions you take. Your-self image is governor of sorts.

9th Ritual: The Ritual of Congruent Character

This is best stated in the formula, ‘You sow a thought, and you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, you reap your destiny’. It strongly recommends living a virtuous life- a meaningful life aligned with the principles of industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty & courage. This will yield a deep sense of inner peace & harmony.

10th Ritual: Ritual of Simplicity

This ritual requires you to live a simple life. Focus only on your priorities, those activities which are truly meaningful.

The words inscribed herein aren't any of my judgement. It is simply a replication of words of wisdom portrayed in the pages of the book by Robin S Sharma. He is a Canadian writer, motivational speaker, leadership expert and a former litigation lawyer. I simply meant to spread his words which I believe will have a profound impact on the lives of many who cares to saunter through the pages of this book.


  1. this is awesome post. I loved the way you put it into doable way....thank you

  2. Thank you for your words of acknowledgement...

  3. Nice and very useful summary! Enjoy reading it! :)