The Urban Monk

  • by Pedram Shojai
  • Narrated by Pedram Shojai
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We all struggle to discover satisfaction and contentment in the modern world, and yet the more technology we use, the more things seem to get worse. What are we all missing? What will it take for us to find our centers? Pedram Shojai shares how the calmness of Zen masters is attainable in today's fast-paced world, and with practice you, too, can stop time, refuel, and focus on the things that really matter.
The Urban Monk, a New York Times best seller, reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances. Shojai's no-nonsense life mastery program brings together clear tools and exercises that can elevate your existence. Learn to honor your body with nutrition and shake free from addictions to toxic substances and experiences. Let your body and mind unwind each day with evening meditations, loosening exercises, and resting rituals that will keep any stress or unfinished business out of the bedroom, helping you sleep better so that your body can rejuvenate.
The Urban Monk is filled with priceless practices that you can use in your daily life, right here and now. It is designed to be your companion in this crazy world we live in. Take it with you on your journey to becoming an Urban Monk. There's no need to move or drastically change your current life. You can find peace within, and The Urban Monk will teach you how to calm the chaos in your head.
The world needs you to step up and live your life to the fullest. Pedram Shojai is the Urban Monk who can show you how to drink from infinity, find peace and prosperity, and thrive in a modern world.

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The Urban Monk swears a lot.

I really enjoyed this book and found many great topics for myself and some I can share with my patients. I do however think the author should curb his cuss words. I am the first to use them in various situations but in a book like this? It just seemed incongruous and quite tacky. There was a lot of it. The author should realize that his readers are not only millennial who might find this cool, but I can assure him, it wasn't.
Pedram, you don't need to swear to emphasize your points. You are obviously very articulate and have an abundance of valuable information but I think you can take your writing to another level by omitting the poor word choices.
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- Amazon Customer

Stereotypical pseudoscience

What would have made The Urban Monk better?

The author clearly has some biases against modern medicine, lifestyle and conveniences that don't mesh with 'the way of the ancients'. I can understand having a preference for what you find valuable in life, but insinuating how big pharma is in cahoots to destroy and enslave us is pretty ridiculous. There was a lot of questionable recommendations in the book, like how modern shoes prevent us from sharing electrons with the earth, so you should spend time walking barefoot. Also a lot of comments about restoring / maximizing your vitality. Its a vague goal that is difficult to track and measure but sounds enticing.


What could Pedram Shojai have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Use some science to back up the claims to make it more credible. I listened to 'The Big Picture' immediately before this one and the two are basically on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of credibility. I also find that most respectable Buddhist-style mindsets are open to having the theories challenged, so that they can either be improved or you can find truth for yourself, but this book feels more like "do as the ancients did because ancient lives were better."


What aspect of Pedram Shojai’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was alright, I appreciate it when the author reads their own material.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It will appeal to a certain demographic who already follow suit with the same train of thought (i.e. if you want to reinforce your pre-existing beliefs, this will be another nod). One redeeming quality - its not a long book.


Any additional comments?

I could only get through about 3/4 of the book before I had to end it, just couldn't get through it all and take it seriously.

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- Bennymac

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios