Long answer: Living like a monk and applying some of these aspects helps me identify what’s most meaningful and essential to my life. I’m not a monk because of a religion or a formal belief system. I’m a monk because I live in balance with my center: What I think is what I say and do. I create a lot and I spend 95 percent of my time with things I enjoy doing. That makes me feel accomplished and fulfilled. Therefore, I’m a happy person.