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How you do one thing, is how you do everything... Uh-oh...! I can be a coffee-guzzling spaz who zones out when I have time to relax. Can I be different?
Yes, thank heavens, I now know I can. "The Urban Monk" is a step-by-step practical guide to self-discovery and peace of body and of mind. Here's what's covered: Stress, The Art of Mastering Time, Energy, Sleep (and deprivation), Stagnant Lifestyle, Weight Gain and Negative Self-Image (which is a big one for me >sigh< ), Lack of Connection with Nature, Loneliness Even in a Crowd, Never Enough Money, and (YAY!) Living a Life with PURPOSE! What I like is that there's all this positive philosophy which has you thinking, "Yeh, yeh, yeh. But that's not applicable in the real world. I don't have those options;" and then Shojai has a specific case of a specific person, all of which you can relate with, and, son of a gun, there is help; there are options. Like, sometimes exercise is great, stress-relieving, right? But if you listen to your body, maybe you're doing the wrong kind of movement. The book is filled with a million things like that. Plus meditations (and I had to start with the most basic: Scanning your thoughts... because, really, I have a plethora of hamsters running around in my brain when I try to meditate), to media fasts, to herbs to have on hand, to, yes: Skipping on the Caffeine. Also, that time you're stuck in line behind that person with all the coupons? Great time for yourself, for your breathing, for your questioning of life and its wonders.
This is a wonderful little book that you can listen to again and again (but I was disappointed that Resources are referred to but Audible doesn't have any PDF files to go with it), with Shojai as an earnest and enthusiastic narrator. Yes, he does use some minor swearing (Hence the "Urban"?), but that just made things more authentic to my lifestyle (and by no means do I swear like a sailor, I assure you).
Worth the price, worth the time, worth the rest of your life...!
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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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