Gisele Bündchen ( My path to Meaningful Life)

I picked this book after seeing Giselle interview with Jay Shetty on youtube. Till that time I had no idea who was Giselle? Giselle is a Brazilian supermodel who is worth 360 Million dollars from her modeling career.She is currently working on environmental projects dear to her.

I do not know what creates our perception but I was not expecting such profound knowledge of wisdom from a model. I would frankly tell my opinion that I found it difficult to connect the Model Giselle with the author Giselle but anyways I enjoyed and learned a lot from her book.

One of the quote from her book I liked is:

Life can be magical. But living it well takes work, focus, patience, compassion, determination, and discipline.
Jealousy, or comparing yourself with anyone, is a toxic recipe.

In her book the author has shared following lessons from Life she has learnt:

Lesson 1: It All Starts with Discipline

One normally assumes that what a model has to do other than look and dress good all the times and be glamorous. But we overlook the fact that Modeling is a very competitive field like any other field and it requires tremendous effort and hard work to sustain one self in this world. Because there are many people who can replace you. Models are often considered objects but we should not forget that they are also human beings at the end of the day. Giselle has narrated how she has worked hard from a young age of 14 years and how she made a successful career by moving from a small village of Brazil to the fashion industry world wide.
She attributes her success to many hours of travelling, working continuously before and during her lots of shoots and fashion shows. She feels she could not have survived this without working hard and self discipline.
So she emphasizes that Discipline is required in any field you want to succeed.

Lesson 2: Challenges Are Opportunities in Disguise

Giselle faced a lot of challenges and she narrates her story in an interesting way to the audience. She faced a lot of criticism about her body and she shares how she dealt with it and kept on learning and improving her art.
She had learned about suffering and the many gifts it offers, as well as how the darkest times in our lives can be our greatest teachers.
She shared her journey of panic attacks and suicidal thoughts and how she overcome it with not medicine but adopting meditation and yoga till date.

Lesson 3 : The Quality of Your Life Depends on the Quality of Your Relationships

Giselle father has told her “The quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships.”
She has not shared any juicy details of her love life presented in media but she just shared that why she excluded some people from her life and how that improved her life overall.

Relationship with own:
In the end, the longest and most important relationship any of us will ever have is with ourselves.

Relationship with others(friends):

Kabballah, which is a philosophy Giselle studied for a while, has a concept known as “Bread of Shame.” It says that people need to do the work of Transformation in order to earn the Light. If we are over-giving or doing something for a person that they have not earned, we are giving them Bread of Shame. If we take more than we give, then we are consuming Bread of Shame. Sometimes the best way to be loving is to give other people the space to earn the Light for themselves.

At the end of the day, it’s not about rushing to get to the destination; it’s about enjoying the journey along the way, and that journey is made up of moments, experiences, and interactions with other people—and sometimes animals. That’s what creates memories. That’s what really matters. Instinct also plays a part in our future relationships.

Relationship with Spouse( Marriage):

To me (Giselle), marriage, or any relationship, comes down to two people walking side by side through life, learning alone and together, and sharing what they’ve learned with each other as they keep growing and expanding.

Lesson 4: Our Thoughts and Words Are Powerful—Use Them Wisely

Get quiet, find your inner voice, and listen to it as carefully as possible. Avoid taking things personally.

Find your inner voice, listen to it, and keep refining the practice. The more you listen to it, the stronger it becomes. Stay true to your inner voice. It will remind you that you are never alone. And I (Giselle) promise it won’t ever steer you wrong.

Lesson 5: Where Your Attention Goes Is What Grows

If we have a poor opinion of ourselves, every encounter we have will be shaded by that belief. If we come into situations with confidence, our positive self-esteem will impact everyone around us.

Lesson 6: Nature: Our Greatest Teacher

Nature is intelligent; she tells us what we should eat and when we should eat it.Giselle shared how nature has always a pivotal role in her life right from her grandmother house.

Humans are seekers of knowledge. We are searching for ways to understand ourselves and make sense of the world—ways that might be different from what we were taught. Maybe what we’re looking for are experiences that give us meaning and a feeling of connection. Nature makes me (Giselle) feel that way.

Lesson 7: Take Care of Your Body So It Can Take Care of You

If we don’t take care of our bodies, our bodies won’t take care of us.Giselle shared her tips and tricks for maintaining her body and mind.

Lesson 8: Know Thyself

In the end, each one of us is responsible for our own life, and for the reality we are helping to create. We each need to decide what kind of human we want to be and where we want to focus our attention. What do we believe? What are values we want to live by? What kind of life do we want to have?
If everyone did whatever work was necessary to get to know themselves better, and took responsibility for being the best self he or she could be, I (Giselle) believe the world would be a different place, a better place.

In the end she quotes:

Remember, we are all here to learn lessons. In my experience we get into trouble only when we follow others, instead of following our inner voice and own individual path—of course, always coming from love while respecting others. As I always remind my children, we must treat others as we would like to be treated.

I really liked the book. I was not expecting this from a model who belongs to the glamorous superficial and shallow world but it was very insightful and profound.