How can we live our modern lives with balance? How do we find happiness in all the noise? Where can we find meaning and live an awesome life filled with purpose and adventure? Enter the Urban Monk.
Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Taoist Priest, a Qi Gong Master, a film maker, an author, and a Kung Fu world traveler. He invites you to join in on this free-flowing conversation exploring what it means to live with balance in the 21st century.
The Great Resignation: Nobody is One Thing... But We Might Be Three
What's our crisis? The dogmatic American work ethic. We don’t have a "why". We’re just responding to our basest impulses – gotta eat, bills, avoid bad feelings, up the dopamine. Until we know why we’re doing what we’re doing – chasing jobs or quitting them – nothing’s going to change. Jonathan Fields is obsessed with this problem. As a writer, his curiosity is what gets people up in the morning and what keeps them going. Learn about your own sparketype so you can change your entire relat
Leverage Neuroscience to Calm Your Mind and Achieve Focus
What does your brain have in common with a fungal network? Well, have you ever seen both? They look quite a bit alike... Often, neurologists frustrated at the stalemate we've reached as regards healing people are the first to research alternative methods – anything from psychedelics to bio feedback and even the physiological power of soothing. Listen to Dr. David Rabin tell me what he discovered about diverting resources away from survival and straight into recovery...
Karlee Holden on What's Missing from Trauma Healing
Trying to get whole after a traumatic experience can feel like a lesson in acronyms – NLP, EMDR, CBT, etc. One method deserves to be better understood. You’ve likely seen videos of powerful physical reactions as people release the trauma their nervous systems have been holding onto. This is somatic experiencing. And Karlee Holden is a dedicated practitioner. She grew up well-versed in NLP and the language of healing. But later in life, it simply wasn’t enough to heal her. So she searched and she found
Radical Longevity: Practical Lessons on Sustaining Vitality
Ann Louise Gittleman, who is 71 years young (though you’d never know it to hear how she spends her days), fell into the world of detoxifying 40 years ago. The woman who mentored her was 84 when they met; she lived to be 106. She taught Ann everything she knew about longevity and sparked in her a powerful urge to grow stronger as the years advance. We’re living longer, but we’re not necessarily living healthier. That’s where the term radical longevity comes from. The future is here, and Ann’s at
The Ancient Kingdom Ruling your Gut
Imagine if “joining the family business” meant partnering with your father to make groundbreaking microbiome research and gut solutions available to the masses 20 years before mainstream medicine gets hold of them. For Afif Ghannoum, that’s exactly what happened. His dad, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, was one of the first medical minds to study the microbiology of the oral biome, and then the GI biome. His discoveries have led to breakthrough after breakthrough, and Afif's mission is to tell everyone about
A Rabbi and a Monk Walk Into a Clubhouse
There's no punchline here – just a frank, honest, and loving discussion about the unconventional paths Rabbi Doniel Katz and I took to achieve and sustain enlightenment. Across disciplines, there’s something we all have in common that makes us more alike than different. We rebuild our spiritual hygiene every single day. The years of studying create an energy field around us that binds us to a shared purpose – to find true integration and train the muscles that got us there to remember how to do it a
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I love Pedram's work - he is an amazing man, and this podcast is full of useful and interesting information.
I listen to a lot of podcast, but this one really makes me think differently about how I live my life...