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  • the original Gangsters at the end of the show, there's probably 100 of my friend on the show.

  • They all say the same message at the end, which is kind of we are all one.

  • And I've I've had it told to me by monks I've had it told to me by bodybuilders by everybody, But I always get this this uniting message at the end.

  • So that's definitely something I feel, um, so, yeah, I kind of know what you mean.

  • That you were around that presence before.

  • So So what was it like being the monk?

  • I mean, just to kind of finish that chapter off before we get into a bunch of the other current events.

  • I mean, when you look back, I think it was three years that you spent there.

  • I'm sure you're always re processing it, but what was it like?

  • It was It was like being at a school for the mind, and it was like being at school.

  • And I remember the first day.

  • One of the first things one of the teachers told us is, Do not think that you have come to heaven.

  • You've just been admitted into a hospital.

  • And he said, in this hospital, sometimes the doctors will act like patients on.

  • That is part of the lesson.

  • As much as sometimes us patients will be able to help the doctors.

  • And so don't feel that anyone here is free of the disease.

  • We've all come here to become purified, and so that was kind of like Day one set up off.

  • Don't expect everyone around here to be perfect.

  • Actually expect that there will be imperfection.

  • But it is through that that you will be tested and learn.

  • And so it was just for me.

  • It was like a beautiful way to not just let these concepts like compassion and ego, just be words and themes and ideas.

  • They became really where you are now, seeing them in every interaction and monitoring them in your own mind and heart and knowing how to navigate the the pulls and the distractions and all of that.

  • So, in terms of a daily practice, we'd wake up every day at 4 a.m. So that was the set set rule.

  • You had to wake up at 4 a.m. That was hard.

  • That was seriously hard from in the beginning.

  • I've never been a late wake her up, but I never waking up that early, and I really love sleep.

  • So I used to wake up at 4 a.m. 4 30 a.

  • M would be collective prayers and meditation that would run to a 5 15 5 15 to 7.

  • 15 would be independent meditation and then 7 15.

  • There'd be some more collective prayers and then 8 to 9 a.m. would be a class given on the bug with Geeta or the Vader's.

  • And there'll be a class from a senior monk and should be listening for an hour.

  • And the 9 a.m. was breakfast.

  • So just adapting to that new morning was hard because I'm used to waking up having breakfast first thing in the morning.

  • You know, filling my stomach up, feeling satisfied, maybe working out a little bit.

  • And we would do yoga.

  • There is well, but re shifting would literally feel like not only did I shower my body, but that morning practice and routine literally feel like I bathed in my mind in the morning.

  • Like imagine your mind feeling like fresh and awake on.

  • That's really what I feel that morning did so That's what we do, and then the rest of the day would be different.

  • It would be a mixture of more meditation and study.

  • It would be.

  • What I described is like the monk experience I had was the morning was about the self on.

  • The rest of the day was about service, and that's why I chose the path, because I really believe that we need both areas in our life.

  • We need time to focus on ourselves, but then we need to go out there and make a difference.

  • And so we were distributing food to the homeless or Children of India.

  • We were taking part in building this sustainable village.

  • We were involved in philanthropic activities, which really felt so purposeful to me and made me feel like I was doing the right thing in my twenties because I was thinking, you know, for four years while I was at college, I was half of it interning at finance companies in London on the other half, spending in India just experimenting and living with the monks.

  • And that was like my first A B test and I would go from bars as you know very well you know better than I do.

  • I'd be going from bars, steak houses and wearing suits in the summer to sleeping on the floor, waking up at 4 a.m. On meditating for four hours a day.

  • And when I compared them in those summers, I became confident that the monk life was more purposeful and meaningful to me at that time in my life.

  • Wow.

  • Okay, uh, difficult process over those three years with a challenging parts.

  • And I guess towards the end of it did you started to wonder if this was a long term thing for you?

  • Yeah.

  • I think the difficult moments initially were the adapting to the morning because that that in and of itself is such a big, extreme habit ship.

  • You know, you're waking before I am.

  • You having cold showers on you don't have a legitimate place to sleep.

  • So everyone sleeps on a different matter in a different place every different day because you're training your mind for adaptability and detachment.

  • So that's a lot.

  • I mean, I'm a kid from London who has a bedroom, and even though it's not big, my parents not well off, I still have my bedroom and it's my space and you know, it's it's it's very clearly my space and all of a sudden you're now living on the other end of the extreme.

  • But I I just started to find very quickly, I'd say, After the first 1 to 3 months, I started to find such an affinity for the lifestyle because I understood why we were doing it.

  • And I think that's the difference in all of struggle is when you look at what you're doing in the struggle, it will never make sense and a suited.

  • And you understand why you going through the struggle?

  • It all makes sense, and I start to realize my mind is becoming more adaptable and flexible.

  • What happened after three years is after learning and growing and absorbing and reflecting.

  • I came to the reflection that I had this desire to want to share what I was learning in a really practical, accessible and relevant way.

  • I had that because I would you know, I would read something in Scripture and I could connect it to a movie that I'd seen or I would read a verse of this 5000 year old literature on be able to connect it to a science study or a marketing exercise that I did at college, and I was just like, This is so exciting to me, like I'm getting my passion from seeing connections between this timeless wisdom and the modern world, and I really want to bring those two together, and I started to realize that that desire was not the desire of wanting to live like a month forever on.

  • That was the hardest code to swallow because I would have loved to have done it from there.

  • But I had Thio allow myself to accept the sacredness of what monk life is.

  • Andi.

  • That's why it's so hard, because you almost realized that this is sacred and my desire maybe outside of what that is.

  • And I've got to learn to accept that because I'm gonna feel unfulfilled if I don't do that.

  • So that's what I kind of came to after those three years of reflection and awareness and acceptance on coming back and I traveled.

  • I spent time in London, is a monk and in Europe, But when I actually came back and I moved back in with my parents.

  • That was possibly the lowest moment of my life because I came back to the noise that I had left, which was, if you become a monk, you're never gonna make money again.

  • If you become a monk, you're wasting all of this effort you put into your education.

  • If you become a monk, then who's ever going to hire you?

  • You know, that's the noise that I had left and now come back and almost prove it, All right.

  • It was all of a sudden, like my ego was going through a massive humbling because now my parents and extended family members and everyone around me was wondering, Wait, Did you fail it?

  • Becoming a month like, Are you Are you back?

  • Like, you know, they couldn't understand it.

  • Wow, my wife while stop my wife.

the original Gangsters at the end of the show, there's probably 100 of my friend on the show.

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